Public PoliteChild® courses are intrinsically designed to capture the attention and interest of the student in age-appropriate ways. Our curriculum combines conceptual instruction with hands-on activities and other engaging teaching techniques.
We understand that the lack of social skills in our children is a systemic problem. Ours is the only program that approaches the issue from all angles, which is one of the keys to our effectiveness.
Courses can be brought in singly, or as a series, to suit the needs of any school or district.
Courses for Public Schools
Any of our courses are appropriate for the public school environment, and can be adapted to suit a variety of delivery methods. Our most popular courses for public school use are:
The combination of SocialSmarts and Exploring the Virtues courses cover a typical school year by offering approximately 30 weeks of lesson plans.
Implementations at the whole-grade, school, or district level are most effectively done through our licensing program that allows schools to have master document sets and to control reproduction, distribution, and delivery. Licensing offers an affordable way to make major social culture changes in your school or district in a broad and immediate way.
Curriculum Structure, Delivery, and Content
The curriculum is efficiently structured and well laid-out, following a master design that is consistent throughout all PoliteChild classes.
Class lessons are flexibly designed so that they can stand-alone as an extracurricular offering, or be integrated into the school’s core curriculum, with any desired frequency. In fact, recognizing that teachers and administrator’s don’t need just “one more extra thing” to add to their already-overscheduled lesson plans, PoliteChild courses come complete with activity ideas and enrichment suggestions that can complement the current curriculum, emphasizing reading, discussion and presentations, writing, or art and music activities. Each of our courses is somewhat different: some courses may be based on well-known literature, fables, historical events, famous figures, personal case studies, etc. We make each of our classes interesting, engaging, and relevant to the students at their grade and developmental level.
There are several components to every PoliteChild course that work together to provide a complete solution.
In-class lessons are supplemented by a variety of unique support tools. Each course comes with a Student's Workbook with handouts and exercises from each of the classes. Students also use and receive a selection of special take-home teaching aids that help them learn, practice, and absorb the week's lessons.
Each course also comes with a Parent's Guide which contains information from the child's class such as review handouts, reminders, and activity sheets, but also includes information to educate parents about their child's learning and social development, and to aid them in reinforcing and practicing the class lessons between sessions. The parent materials are designed to empower parents and other caregivers to be positive primary role models in students’ lives, and also to assist in getting them involved as leaders and partners in the social skills education process.
Parent’s Guides are also available in Spanish-language versions as a resource to the significant Hispanic population in this country.