Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies
PATHS was developed for use with primary school age children (grades K to 6) to empower students by providing systematic instruction (and fun!) in learning about themselves and others.
It is a exciting new curriculum to help children develop better thinking skills, more mature and responsible ways of behaving, and improved academic performance.
What are some of the Goals of the PATHS Curriculum?
1. Increasing children’s abilities to think and solve problems for themselves
2. Increasing children’s abilities to use their thinking skills to act responsibly and maturely
3.Improving children’s understanding of themselves and others
4.Improving children’s feelings about themselves (that is, improving their self-esteem)
5. Increasing children’s abilities to learn more effectively in the classroom environment
When children can think independently, feel good about themselves, and act responsibly, they are likely to be motivated, to work up to their potential, and to persist when they are experiencing difficulties. By teaching your child these thinking skills, PATHS will be teaching him or her how to learn.
In addition, the academic skills covered during the lesson should be of educational benefit to your child, both now and in the future.
Finally, many parents have noted that the concepts that are taught in the PATHS are among the most important goals that they have at home. Therefore improvement in your child’s skills should also be helpful for you and your child in your family environment.