Roots of Empathy

… Empathy – the essential human trait.


Roots of EmpathyOur Roots of Empathy program is well underway and our Gr. 3 class has been enjoying their family visits with their Mom/baby. Baby Declan is growing and developing!

The Roots of Empathy program is made up of 9 different themes, with each theme having 3 lessons. As each theme is introduced, students participate in a Pre-Family Lesson, the Family Visit Lesson, and then the Post-Family Lesson.

To date, the Gr. 3 class has done five themes. They are: Meeting Baby, Crying, Caring and Planning for Baby, Emotions, and most recently, Sleep. Our next theme, Safety, is coming up, followed by Communicating, Who Am I? and Goodbye and Good Wishes.

The Roots of Empathy program is evidence-based, and there has been a noteworthy effect in reducing aggression levels in school children, while increasing social/emotional competence and developing empathy. This is a fantastic program, and we are very lucky to have it in its second year at St. Charles!

Roots of Empathy

This year, we are excited to announce that we are participating in the Roots of Empathy program!  Ms. Aiello’s Gr. 3 class was chosen to share in the 27 week program, whose mission is to build caring, peaceful, and civil societies. This is done through the development of empathy in both children and adults.

Roots of Empathy fits in very nicely with our Safe and Caring Schools Goal, and is done once a week.  After attending a training session in the summer, I have enjoyed teaching the program and meeting our “teacher,” baby Joseph.

Joseph and his Mom Tsion, will be visiting the Gr. 3 classroom 9 times this school year.  Aside from those 9 visits, students will also participate in 18 other lessons on a weekly basis.  The lessons are based on the following themes:  Meeting the Baby, Crying, Caring and Planning for Baby, Emotions, Sleep, Safety, Communicating, Who Am I?, and Goodbye and Good Wishes.  Each of these themes has a Pre-Family Visit, the Family Visit, and the Post-Family Visit.

Stay tuned for more news on this amazing program! Mrs. Narynski