At the heart of the program are a neighbourhood infant and parent who visit the classroom every three weeks over the school year. A trained ROE Instructor coaches students to observe the baby’s development and to label the baby’s feelings. In this experiential learning, the baby is the “Teacher” and a lever, which the instructor uses to help children identify and reflect on their own feelings and the feelings of others. This “emotional literacy” taught in the program lays the foundation for more safe and caring classrooms.
Family Matters has five trained Roots of Empathy Instructors on staff that each visit a school throughout the Annapolis County to teach the program to students from primary to Grade 8.
For more information, please contact Key Point Person Denise Naugler at Family Matters 902 584 2210 or 1 800 399 7119 or email firstname.lastname@example.org