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LVI works to cultivate the awareness that children can effect real and positive change in the people around them, simply by ‘living kindness:’ by embodying empathy and compassion in our day-to-day lives. Lydia Criss Mays, Life Vest Inside’s Director of Education, has designed the Kindness Curriculum to intentionally align with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Bloom’s Taxonomy to promote kindness, tolerance, and social interaction to our children. The curriculum includes Units of Study from Kindergarten through Fifth grade and will eventually span to 12th grade. The curriculum is unique in that it functions as a seamless curriculum to complement and enhance instruction for teachers, unlike “push-in” curricula, requiring teachers to “make time” within a school day to accommodate additional learning objectives not reflected in the CCSS. Each Unit, designed by experts in the field of education, includes six lessons. Each Unit builds upon the prior, so by the end of Fifth grade, students will have received almost forty lessons to enhance their understanding of, and ability to, think critically about ways to generate more kindness on an individual and global level.
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The LVI Kindness Curriculum provides a framework for scaffolding immersive experiences using critical thinking skills focused on kindness with the goal of benefiting not only the student and teacher, but also the community. Research studies on the implementation of curricula rooted in kindness, aligned with the CCSS and linked to Bloom’s Taxonomy are currently not available. Thus, this curriculum, and the research conducted throughout its design and implementation, provides fertile ground for developing a students’ and teachers’ school experiences, beyond the four walls of the classroom to grow kindness individually and globally. Research conducted with over 200 educational stakeholders, throughout the design and inclusion of the LVI Kindness Curriculum revealed 5 significant themes leaving the LVI curriculum a one-of-a-kind experiences for teachers and students. For more information, please contact our Director of Education, Lydia Criss Mays at: lydia@lifevestinside.com.