Helping children develop greater empathy-related awareness and skills can help prevent negative social behaviors such as bullying meanness and alienation. Empathy is a fundamental social emotion because it brings a sense of emotional connection to others. It is this awareness that is not only basic to all healthy relationships; it is the root of prosocial behavior altruism kindness and peace. Empathy has cognitive affective and behavioral components that can be learned and improved upon by children.
The lessons and activities in this book are designed to:
Teach students the value of empathy.
Assist students in recognizing their own and others' feelings.
Help students put themselves in someone else's shoes.
Instruct students how to exhibit understanding and acceptance.
Each topic-related lesson includes five inviting worksheets that can be reproduced and used repeatedly with elementary school-aged students.
What is Empathy?
Knowing Your Own Feelings
Learning to Read Other's Feelings
Feeling Others' Feelings
Temporarily Putting Your Own Feelings Aside
Making Supportive Statements
Doing Supportive Things
Making / Keeping Friends
The reproducibles in this book are now available on the included CD-ROM.