Curriculum Overview

The Sources of Strength Elementary model is comprised of 12 total units:

Overview of Sources of Strength
Introduction to the 8 protective factors, or Strengths; Establishing a routine around Talking Circles and curriculum components.

Brain and Body Science
Developing an understanding of how we process information using our brains and bodies; Promoting reflection and balance when responding to experiences.

Emotional Regulation
Practicing emotional regulation by utilizing strengths and through the development of healthy personal coping strategies.

Physical Health
Identifying different methods of caring for and increasing our physical well-being.

Family Support
Identifying the people who nurture, support, and care for us whether they are immediate, extended, or chosen family.

Positive Friends
Identifying and promoting healthy friendships with people who uplift, encourage, and support us. Navigating conflict, increasing empathy, and teaching perspective-taking.

Developing and connecting with mentors in the school, the home, and the community.

Healthy Activities
Drawing strength from a variety of types of activities that help us navigate life’s ups and downs.

Developing practices in service to other people, animals, or the environment in order to make an impact, to gain a more robust sense of purpose and fulfillment, and to strengthen community.

Examine what gives us a sense of purpose and connection to something larger than ourselves. This can include engaging in kindness, practicing thankfulness, cultivating mindfulness, or participating in faith and cultural traditions.

Mental Health
Developing a greater understanding of how the 8 Strengths integrate into a holistic model for mental health. Promoting help-seeking and connecting with mental health supports to care for our overall well-being.

Navigating Transitions in Life
Strategically utilizing strengths and coping skills to overcome expected and unexpected changes in life whether big or small in order to practice regulation and resilience.

*Future curriculum will be developed for the additional K-2 elementary grade levels.


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