Title: Cultivating Kindness among Preschoolers: Student-Centered Instructional Modules for Teachers
Stream: Teaching Experiences, Pedagogy, Practice & Praxis
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Kristine Japitana, Miriam College, Philippines
The preschool period is a significant stage of self-construction in a child’s life. This is the time when they make sense of the world and things around them. Hence, it is essential that at this point, prosocial character traits and behaviors must be instilled in them. Kindness is one of the most important human attributes which plays a significant role in how a person thrives and interacts with others in a society. However, schools nowadays tend to focus more on academics. Less emphasis is given on teaching children what equally matters – their socio-emotional skills.With this in mind, this capstone project produced a set of instructional modules recommended to be facilitated by teachers with the goal to develop kindness among children, particularly in the preschool years.Given this, it will be highly beneficial to teachers as it will provide them with a variety of effective teaching strategies and activities such as storytelling, role-play, music and movement, arts and crafts, learning games, and cooking activities that they can use, implement, and execute in their own classrooms to teach kindness to their students. The primary objective is to give emphasis on students’ character formation and to help enhance and develop their positive prosocial skills. The instructional modules also aim to raise awareness that in as much as schools intend to produce academically competent learners, it is still of equal importance to teach children kindness, compassion, and empathy.This project may be incorporated in the preschool curriculum as part of character and values formation.
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