Here you can access our content by topic or by CASEL's programming. HeartSmart's Curriculum is cross-referenced with the 5 CASEL Core Competencies. However we organize our lesson progression differently, which is why some of our lessons below appear out of order.
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Boris Has Rusty Knees
Boris has rusty knees! In this lesson Dave and Boris learn how to engage in positive self talk and how to receive self compassion. Boris learns to love himself even his rusty knees.
Materials Required: pencil and paper (crayons and paint optional)
Age Group: Early Elementary/KS1
This lesson cr...
Not All Food is Friendly
Boris will not have any chocolate... Dave and Boris explore how to obtain mental clarity amongst a storm of helpful and unhelpful thoughts. Not every thought in our brain should be digested, or for Boris, just because the chocolate is in the kitchen, that doesn't mean he has to eat it!
Big Rocks Clear the Way
Boris makes Floris a fancy meal... While cooking Boris feels his heart and brain fill up with stress. He has two hours to make Floris a meal that takes five hours to cook. Boris's time priorities are a little out of wack. Ben and the friends help Boris out through an object lesson involving big r...
Square Root Got You Down?
Boris can’t calculate a square root... Boris gets very down about this. However Dave shows Boris that failures don't define him. He explains to Boris that in times of difficult it is very important to be kind to ourselves. In this lesson, Dave and Boris explore basic cognitive behavioral therapy...
H.A.L.T. Right Where You Are
Boris is Hungry, Angry, a little Late, and Tired (HALT). Also totally unrelated, he's feeling stressed... Dave teaches Boris the HALT technique - to take a moment to step back and take care of some basic physical needs before moving on. In this lesson children will learn that stress can be experi...
The Emotions Express
Boris is emotional... Are emotions controllable or do emotions control you? Dave and Boris talk about healthy ways of expressing themselves without imploding. In this lesson children will learn self-monitoring and how to express their emotions in a constructive manner.
Materials Required: pencil...