Classroom Programs

Classroom Programs

Roots of Empathy

Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based 27-week classroom program that has shown significant effect in reducing levels of aggression and bullying among school children while raising social/emotional, competence and increasing empathy.  Students learn these skills through classroom lessons, as well as, observing the parent-child bond of the Roots of Empathy parent and baby that make monthly visits to the classroom.

Ages: Grade 1/2 and Grade 5/6

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Kimochis are a playful way to help children (and adults!) learn how to identify and express feelings. When kids can communicate their feelings effectively, they develop positive social skills that lead to lasting friendships and success in all aspects of life. Kimochis teach the fourth “R”—reading, writing, arithmetic, and RELATIONSHIPS. This “R” is the foundation for success in ALL areas of life. Delivered in the classroom setting.

Ages: Kindergarten – Grade 2

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Alberta Mentoring Partnership

A four week program in which students discuss and participate in the three online modules provided on the Alberta Peer Mentorship website. These focused on “What is Mentoring”, Roles and Responsibilities” as well as “Practice and Reflection. Students go through the online component of the Alberta Peer Mentorship Program, and upon completing the quiz, all participants receive a certificate in the completion of the program to put towards their resumes, portfolios and future post-secondary applications. Participants later take part in Mentorship opportunities throughout the school year. High school students also have the opportunity to take part in the program and receive credits towards their diploma.

Ages: Grade 7-12

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Bucket Filling Character Education

This program is based on the concept of bucket filling, popularized by Carol McCloud, an early childhood educator and author. The idea is that everyone has a bucket, which represents our mental and emotional self, that can be filled by using actions or words that show you care about someone. Bucket filling focuses on the positive, and is an effective method of delivering Character Education programming – you are still able to focus on character traits (e.g. kindness, respect, responsibility, trust, fairness, citizenship, etc.), however the action is instead described as filling a bucket. Delivered in a classroom setting.

Ages: Kindergarten – Grade 3

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Stress Lessons

Stress Lessons is a 7-lesson program that helps students learn how to manage their stress, provides them with tips & tricks for self-regulation, and builds resiliency skills. It was developed by the Psychology Foundation of Canada, in partnership with Pfizer Canada. This program has links to the current health curriculum, and each lesson features class discussion and individual activities. Delivered in a classroom setting.

Ages: Grade 4-6

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Goals and Dreams Project

Students will time travel through the Kids at Hope four destinations to discover and articulate their future.

  1. Recreation & Leisure
  2. Education & Career
  3. Community & Service
  4. Home & Family

This is a school-wide project with classroom work and a slide show presentation for parents.

Grades k-12 and school staff

For more details please contact Project REACH Coordinator Misty Griffith


Good friends can make good choices and bad choice.  Good choices will help us be better friends.  Poor choice may cause you to lose your friends or to hurt your friendships. Students will learn about what makes a good friend by learning these characteristics:

  • Find something in common
  • Respect other students
  • Invite & Include kids to participate
  • Empathy: show you care
  • kNow when to support each other
  • Do the right thing even when no one is looking
  • Say you’re sorry, everyone makes mistakes

Delivered in the classroom.  Powerpoint, posters, and desk placards available.

Grade K-4


Rainbow Walk - Nature Mindfulness

Connecting with nature through mindfulness.  Strategy to reduce stress, clear your mind, and feel connected to their environment.

Grades K-6

Big Life Journal - Kids

Big Life Journal Kids helps guide students on an exciting journey of learning about growth mindset and important concepts like making a difference in the world, gratitude, positive attitude, and much more.  It all about shifting the lens through which they see the world and themselves.

Grade 3-6




Character Education

Character education includes and complements a broad range of educational approaches such as whole child education, service learning, social-emotional learning, and civic education. All share a commitment to helping young people become responsible, caring, and contributing citizens.  Delivered in a classroom setting and school-wide activities/events.

Ages: Kindergarten – Grade 9

Zones of Regulation

The Zones is a systematic, cognitive behavior approach used to teach self-regulations by categorizing all the different ways we feel and states of alertness we experience into four concrete zones.  The Zones curriculum provides strategies to teach students to become more aware of, and independent of controlling their emotions and impulses, managing their sensory needs, and improving their ability to problem solve conflicts. Delivered in a classroom setting.

Age: Kindergarten – Grade 4

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Free the Horses

Free the Horses Character Education Program is a twelve week program typically ran with grade 2 classes.  Using a video and a workbook, students enter an adventure in the land of King Arthur where an evil wizard has stolen the wild horses that represent the hopes and dreams of the people of the land.  Kelly, her friends and the students need to find the 3 Keys to free the horses and save the people.  Along the way the students learn about Think, Feel, and Do.  When they think Clear Bright thoughts, they feel Clear Bright and they Do Clear Bright things.  When they think Stormy thoughts, they feel Stormy and they do Stormy things. They are in control of their thoughts, emotions and actions.  Then they learn about the Spiral of Success and how Belonging leads to Learning which leads to Contributing.  Once they have all the pieces to the Spiral of Success, they are able to find the three keys which are Courage, Responsibility and Cooperation.  Throughout the 12 weeks, the students are lead through the video and help the characters by passing messages to them in the video through a puppet.  This program is always a favorite of the students and they remember the lessons years later such as “It may be hard, and it may take time but stick with it and you’d be fine.” and “Mistakes are for Learning and Take things step by step”.

Ages: Grade 2

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Free the Horses: A Character Education Adventure

Be Kind to Yourself and Others

This is an 11-lesson program that was developed by Alberta Health Services, and is a curriculum-based resource for students in Grade 4-6. It addresses mental well-being by teaching students skills to cope with stress and anxiety, and enhance mental wellness. Each lesson includes take-home activities to support the learning at home as well as assessment strategies for the teacher. Delivered in a classroom setting.

Age: Grade 4-6

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Be Kind to Yourself and Others

Girls Circle: Expressing My Individuality

An 8 week program that explores topics such as celebrating individuality, diversity, getting along with others, and addresses goals, conflict styles, feeling good about ourselves, and taking time to relax. Activities include values exploration, “How Others See Me,” making dream catchers, potting a plant to symbolize personal growth, and finally culminates with a girls’ compliment circle. A variety of topics and activities for middle and high school girls!

Grade  3-6




Healthy Peer Relationships

By understanding what makes a relationship healthy or unhealthy, students will determine what we value in our friendships and why these are important to us and learn how to resolve peer conflicts to help build their friendships.  Students will wrap up the program by identifying key concerns that they would like to work on for the remainder of the year as a class, group, and school.

Grade 10-12

Hope Project


Students will learn about what makes each of them unique and how each of our characteristics can make us hopeful.  When we identify and embrace what makes each of us unique we become more hopeful and begin to imagine our futures.  They will create an art project that captures all the qualities that make each of them unique. (Grades K-6 )

A follow-up to this art project:

Students will identify what characteristics make them hopeful within their classroom.  They will chose 4 hopeful traits and create a mixed media art project.  This art project is delivered in the classroom setting. (Grades K-12)




The Council

10 week program provides engaging ways to address common themes which pre-teens and early adolescents encounter, including breaking down social-cultural barriers, motives and actions around put-downs, knowing their personal rights, defining assumptions about male power, respecting others” physical boundaries, understanding and using the energy of strong emotions, and standing up for each other in community.

Ages 9-14

Big Life Journal - Tweens/Teens

Help your tween or teen develop the mindset of growth, resilience, gratitude, and positivity. Help them find their own voice in a world that is constantly coming at them with what to do, be, and think.

Big Life Journal for Tweens/Teens (ages 11+)

Grades 7 +

To learn more about our programs, please contact the Wellness Worker in your school.