Learning is not just a cognitive activity, it is also deeply emotional. Our emotions affect our perception, our motivation, our attention and our memory. They profoundly influence learning.
Happy children have the optimal capacity for learning, and unhappiness is a barrier. For children to be happy, their emotional needs have to be met and one of our deepest needs is a relationship. We are hard-wired for connection. How our relationships work out in our communities is foundational to our physical and mental health.
The Culture of the Heart teaching resource helps develop children's emotional and relational language. It develops empathy, encourages an understanding of a healthy identity and good character. The resource focuses on creating healthy relational classrooms, where children can thrive in their relationships and their learning. It develops the language of kindness and self-worth, helping to create a culture that is based on the value and worth of every individual and teaching children to treat themselves and others with dignity and respect.
The cards introduce families to each of the seven different cultures within this resource. They carry a simple and practical idea to be used at home.
The cards are available to download and print from the pack’s memory key or put on your school’s digital platform.
These cards have been made to help children communicate their emotions.
The front of each card illustrates an emotion, together with some associated words. On the back of each card, there are a few suggestions of how to help communicate and deal with strong emotions.
These cards have been created to use with the ‘Gratitude Spiral’.