Happier Mind

Dates: April 8-June 6, 2019 (ALL DATES BOOKED)
Grade Level: 4th and 5th Grade
Workshop Time: 60 minutes per session (four different sessions available)
Venue: individual classrooms of 10-30 students


This series of workshops use multi-modal activities to help enhance social and emotional learning skills identified by CASEL including self-awareness, self-management, relationship, and conflict resolution.


Through this program, students learn...

  • Qualities that help them achieve personal and academic goals

  • How to manage stress and difficult emotions

  • How to make friends and build a strong community

  • Healthy ways to resolve conflicts


  • An indoor space

  • Basic classroom supply such as pencils, erasers, colors (crayons, markers, or colored pencils).


Workshop 1: Stress Management
There are many factors that cause stresses in people’s lives: new experiences, difficult tasks, or even fun and exciting activities! In this workshop students will explore what causes stress and how it affects their bodies. They will also learn the power of having a positive mindset when learning new skills or exploring new situations. Lastly, they will learn simple mindfulness tools that helps reduce stress and promote calmness and focus.

Workshop 2: Relationship Skills
Students will practice being supportive to each other. They will learn how empathy can strengthen their relationships and build strong communities, as well as how to resolve conflict in constructive ways.

Workshop 3: Social Awareness
When dealing with difficult interpersonal issues, having skills to view the situation objectively and understand different perspectives can be helpful in building a strong community. Through games and drama activities, students will develop the abilities to recognize the feelings and perspectives of others.

Workshop 4: Self Management
Students will learn how emotions can affect their actions, and why it is important to be able to stop and think before acting impulsively. They will explore situations in which strong emotions may occur, and how to use mindfulness techniques to manage their behaviors.  

As one of the nation’s oldest not-for-profit health care delivery systems, Kaiser Permanente has worked to improve the health of our communities for over 60 years. As part of that mission, the Educational Theatre Program uses the magic of live performance and drama-based strategies to inspire people to make healthy choices, and build strong communities.