Empathy is a basic social emotion because it creates an emotional connection to others. By helping children develop greater empathy, it increases their emotional awareness and skills, and this can help prevent negative social behaviors such as bullying, meanness, and alienation. This awareness is not only fundamental to all healthy relationships; it is the root of positive social behavior, altruism, kindness and peace. Empathy has cognitive, affective and behavioral components that can be learned and improved upon by children. The activities and lessons 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
For each topic-related lesson, there are five engaging worksheets that can be reproduced and used repeatedly with elementary school-aged students.
Author: Tonia Caselman, Ph.D.