Healthy Minds Kindergarten
At Children’s Wisconsin, we believe caring for a child's mental and behavioral health is just as important as caring for their physical health. That’s why we created Healthy Minds Kindergarten, part of a continuum of mental and emotional health e-learning courses for K-8 students. In this age-appropriate, teacher-facilitated course projected on a SMART board or other interactive projection system, students will learn how to recognize and identify basic feelings and emotions, how to manage their feelings, and how to show respect, care, and concern for themselves and others. As they move through the program collaboratively as a class, kindergarten students will view short online lessons, engage in offline activities, learn a fun song, and play educational games that give them the opportunity to review what they have learned.
In this teacher or counselor-facilitated course, the delivery method is blended, utilizing a combination of online lessons and activities, and offline classroom activities.
Target Course Length
The target course length is approximately 2 to 2-1/2 hours, including online time, and offline time for classroom activities.
After completing Healthy Minds Kindergarten, in its entirety, students will be able to:
- Recognize basic emotions and feelings.
- Identify appropriate ways to express and deal with feelings.
- Demonstrate at least one emotional regulation technique, such as counting to ten, deep breathing, etc.
- Identify two trusted adults they can talk to about their feelings.
- Demonstrate how to talk to a trusted adult about their feelings.
- Describe ways to show care and concern for others.
- Identify situations when help is needed from a trusted adult to make a decision regarding mental and emotional health.
- Describe behaviors that show respect for self and others.
- Identify at least two things they can do every day to be mentally and emotionally healthy.
In this lesson, students will learn what it means to show respect for yourself and what it means to show respect for other people. Students will also learn what it means to show care and concern for others.