Roots of Empathy

“Started in 1996, Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom program that has shown significant effect in reducing levels of aggression among schoolchildren while raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy. At the heart of the program are a neighbourhood infant and parent who engage students in their classroom.  Over the school year, a trained Roots of Empathy Instructor guides the children as they observe the relationship between baby and parent, understanding the baby’s intentions and emotions. Through this model of experiential learning, the baby is the “Teacher” and a catalyst, helping children identify and reflect on their own feelings and the feelings of others.” (from

Here are some pictures of our Grade 2J students during our own Roots of Empathy class today.  Miss Gray brought in Erica with Baby Leah, and we all asked some really good questions!!!

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2 thoughts on “Roots of Empathy

  1. Dear Baby Leah,
    You are fun and you are cute & funny!
    from Tyrus

    It is great to see Mrs.Young back at school and with baby Leah!
    Can’t wait to hear all about the adventures she will have in Mrs. Johnson grade 2 class this year 🙂 ~Amy

  2. I think this is such a great idea,an so did both my kids very much so enjoy it,Asia suggested the class mabey pitch in an buy baby Leah a small gift for x mas? She loves to give, an really loved baby Leah!

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