In School Programs Grades 3-5

During the school year Caring Kids, through a variety of interactive programs, is in the classroom promoting the principles of caring, kindness, and respect.  As our students mature, so does the programming we present to share this message.  Our programs expose our students to the wide variety of differences and challenges that many people face.  We believe that by learning about these differences, our children will learn to appreciate the unique gifts that every person has to offer.   Many of our programs require parent volunteers.  If you are interested please contact your building rep or email us at  

Third Grade

The Kids On the Block Puppet Show - The Kids on the Block Puppet Show is an entertaining and age appropriate way to introduce children to different challenges that some of their peers may face.  The program consists of five skits: each one deals with a different circumstance-hearing impairment, ADHD, cerebral palsy, emotional/behavioral disorder, and learning challenge. The skits are frank and humorous, and they help promote empathy, sensitivity, and the acceptance of children who live with any difference or challenge.  After each skit, the children in the audience are encouraged to ask questions to the puppets in order to learn and understand more about each situation.  The major goal and objective of the program is to help children begin to understand that while every child is different and unique, all children are the same on the inside and deserve to be treated with kindness and respect.

The Visual Impairment Unit - What does it mean to be visually impaired?  Are you completely blind?  Can you see anything at all?  How do you get through a day effectively when one of your senses does not function well, or at all? In the Visual Impairment Unit children get answers to these and many more questions as they listen to a presentation by a visually impaired person as he/she describes a day in their life and the challenges they face.  After the presentation there is a question and answer session. The next part of the program takes place in the classrooms where children participate in a variety of activities-trust walk, counting money, identifying household objects-all while blindfolded.  These activities help illustrate that while a visually impaired person may face some challenges, it does not mean that they cannot live happy, independent lives.

Fourth Grade

The Learning Differences UnitHow do we learn?  Is it the same for everyone?  What happens when we have “roadblocks” to learning?  And, most importantly, how can we be good, caring friends to our classmates who may struggle with these “roadblocks”? This one hour and fifteen minute program shows us, in very broad terms, how we learn and what it feels like to possibly have difficulty with a particular learning style (auditory, visual, kinesthetic).  By exposing students to simulated learning challenges, we hope to illustrate that it isn’t important how you learn or even how fast you learn, simply that you find a path to learning.  However, the most important lesson is showing students the importance of being a good friend in the classroom, around school, and out in the community.

The Physical Differences UnitThe aim of the Physical Differences Unit is to help children better understand the multitude of challenges faced by people with a variety of physical disabilities.  The program begins with a brief presentation by a gentleman who has been in a wheelchair since he was a teenager.  He describes a typical day in his life and how many of the simple activities that we all take for granted, such as driving, shopping and playing sports, are much more of a challenge for him.  After, students participate in a variety of sensitivity exercises that simulate the everyday experiences of people who live with the limited use of their bodies.  Students use walkers and wheelchairs, and they also attempt several fine motor activities while wearing gloves specially designed to significantly limit the use of their hands.

Fifth Grade

The 5 W's of Bullying Behavior - What is bullying?  Is every argument bullying?  What does a bully look like?  Why does someone engage in bullying behavior?  In this interactive program for 5th grade, we answer these questions and more.  At the start of the program we examine some of the root causes of the different types of bullying behavior and ask the students if they recognize any of the behaviors in themselves or their peers.  We want them to identify the emotions and physical effects a victim of bullying might feel.  In the next part of the program we discuss ways to respond to bullying behaviors, both for the individual and for their friends.  We end the program by reinforcing the idea that the best way to create a culture where bullying does not exist is to set a good example and to treat others the way you want to be treated, with caring, kindness and respect.

The 5 W's of Bullying Spring Follow Up  - As our 5th graders get ready to transition to middle school, we return to the classroom to give a brief review of the initial program.  Then we continue with practical strategies to help our students navigate their way through the myriad of changes that middle school brings.  Our goal is to help our students have a positive journey through middle school by encouraging them to create an inclusive and caring environment.