1. the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate
1. the actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method as opposed to theories about such application or use
2. repeated exercise in or performance of an activity or skill so as to acquire or maintain proficiency in it
Kindness is a practice. The Community Early Learning Center has begun active practice in kindness. Kindness is taught, using a curriculum, the same way we teach other skills like letters, numbers and colors. Letter recognition and counting takes practice and learning to be considerate takes practice, too.
The Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison, founder Richard J. Davidson says, “we know that emotional intelligence-what we call EQ- is a greater predictor of life success than IQ, yet there’s little research on how kids actually learn social and emotional skills that will build resilience and well-being in their lives into adulthood.” The center has developed a mindfulness-based set of lessons and practices, a kindness curriculum for pre-schoolers.
Three hundred children, families and professionals at the CELC will take part in the kindness project to evaluate our EQ. Partner programs at the CELC in collaboration with Lawrence University, UW-Fox and Healthy Minds Innovation have implemented the mindfulness-based kindness curriculum to enhance educational programs. Through our work, we expect to find improvements in children’s social-emotional competence and cognitive self-regulation skills; contributing to better outcomes for school readiness.