From successful socialization to high self-esteem to academic achievement, empathy, kindness and caring help every child realize their full potential.
Veteran teacher, children's book author (Mommy Always Comes Back!), & creator of We're the Heart of Kindness Penny Schnee-Bosch shares her successful method featuring URSpecialTree, a free and engaging social media/game introduced at school and played at home or in the classroom that promotes kindness, bolsters self-esteem and builds community. Importantly, practicing positive peer to peer interaction provides tools to help navigate the social sphere and discourage bullying even before it starts. Taught in just one period and kids run with it! Learn how to use it in the classroom with our brief instructional video & other resources at http://weretheheartofkindness.org/teachers.htm.
URSpecialTree.com is a free social media/game site where children send and receive kind, supportive notes. Colorful—and often silly—animations pop up every now and again as your tree grows and grows! Every time you receive a note, your 'SpecialTree' grows another branch. When you send a note, your tree grows a branch and a flower. Everybody wins! Kids don’t write their own content, instead they combine words, phrases and pictures into their own kind note. The site is carefully designed to allow ample creativity (and fun) while making sure that only positive messages can be sent. Usernames and passwords are encrypted; no identifying/personal information is retained on our servers. Free to use and worry-free: URSpecialTree is a secure site.