The Balanced Child Initiative

Children can be taught to appreciate what they have, value hard work and take personal responsibility for making choices. Children who live well balanced emotional and social lives thrive better than others. These are the principles behind our modules within The Balanced Child Initiative for 3rd to 5th graders.

An initiative has 3 SERIES => 10 MODULES each => Taught in one hour class over the course of 10 weeks.

Lesson Plan Sample: Happy Child

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Program Details

The ENGAGE Series

Week 1: Happy Child
Week 2: Learn To Listen
Week 3: Hear Me Out
Week 4: How Do You Know?
Week 5: Let’s Tell Stories
Week 6: What Do We Do?
Week 7: Simplify Your Speak
Week 8: Read Out Loud
Week 9: My Story
Week 10: Say What?
Week 11: Look Your Best
Week 12: How Can We help?


Week 1: Write Right
Week 2: Find Your Voice
Week 3: Try Again Harder
Week 4: Say This Not That
Week 5: Learning Limits
Week 6: Be a Good Friend
Week 7: Read Out Loud
Week 8: Respecting Others
Week 9: Learn Your Adjectives
Week 10: Show and Tell
Week 11: Set Goals
Week 12: Super Heroes

The EMPOWER Series

Week 1: Be Your Best
Week 2: Give Back
Week 3: Make Good Decisions
Week 4: Nature Made
Week 5: Values With Vocabulary
Week 6: Honesty Pays
Week 7: Manage Your Time
Week 8: Team Work
Week 9: Penmanship
Week 10: You Rock
Week 11: Team Work
Week 12: Keynote Speaker

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