Tools of the Heart Online Course
Designed for Grades K-1, 2-3, 4-5 & 6
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Now more than ever, kids need connection
The Tools of the Heart digital course delivers our award-winning curriculum in an on-demand format. The course has been revised for the 2022-2023 school year and is now delivered in four standalone mini-courses. Tools of the Heart shares four essential communication and problem-solving skills that students can use in their everyday lives, whether they’re in the classroom, on the playground, or at home. Each mini-course includes activities, reflection questions and more. And, we are happy to announce that a Spanish language version will be available September 20.
Tools of the Heart has been designed by Social Emotional Learning experts to help young people identify, manage and express their feelings and needs. They develop and practice skills that help them to form healthy relationships. These same skills have been identified as essential to future success and happiness. The course is offered in grade-appropriate levels that track with cognitive and emotional development and can be repeated year after year to deepen learning.
All of our digital courses teach Social Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies that align with guidelines set by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Students gain skills that help them become more emotionally resilient, empathetic, and ready to learn. With our additional special emphasis on equity, belonging, and restorative justice, students acquire a deep sense of connection and empowerment.
We use mindfulness and embodiment techniques, social engagement exercises, art, and restorative practices to teach kids how to recognize, manage, and express their feelings and needs in healthy ways.
- Animations in the K-1 grade band help to guide students with audible instructions and cues so they can complete each lesson independently.
- Some activities have been improved.
- Course material and pacing more clearly integrates with the optional facilitated lessons.
- Spanish language versions have been created, thanks to the generous support of Niantic Labs, the creators of Pokémon Go.
What’s inside the Tools of the Heart course
Four mini-courses cover foundational communication and problem-solving skills using interactive videos, writing prompts, stories and fun activities.
Module 1: Empty Big Feelings – Recognize the connection between feelings and sensations in the body
Lesson 1: Where Do Feelings Go?
Lesson 2: What to Do with Hard Feelings
Module 2: Breathe to Calm – Practice mindful breathing to help us slow down and check-in
Lesson 1: Stop and Breathe
Lesson 2: Fiery Feelings
Module 3: Use Your Voice – Learn language to express feelings and needs
Lesson 1: Learn the I Message
Lesson 2: Ask for What You Need
Module 4: Make It Right – Use a restorative practice to repair and heal mistakes
Lesson 1: The Clean Up
Lesson 2: Work It Out