Changing the world, child by child

 
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Changing the world, child by child

Changing the world, child by child
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A student of the program consoles the ROE baby

A student of the program consoles the ROE baby
The expression on this boy’s face showcases his emotions as he tenderly wipes away the tears of his Roots of Empathy baby. In ROE, the Instructor guides the children to observe, comment on, and draw conclusions about how the ROE baby is feeling. This gives children a vocabulary for describing and understanding their own feelings and those of others. As students learn to identify, label, and discuss their emotions, student’s understanding of one another is increased. (view small | med | large | orig)

I Can Help You

I Can Help You
As students observe the growth of the bond between infant and parent over the course of the school year, they are witness to the most influential relationship in the life span. They learn how the baby relies on the parent to understand the world and in turn, children learn the importance of warm, responsive care in the process of learning to read the baby’s cues and needs. (view small | med | large | orig)

Founder/President Mary Gordon and ROE “teacher”

Founder/President Mary Gordon and ROE “teacher”
Mary Gordon signs copies of her book, Roots of Empathy: Changing the World Child by Child with the help of a Roots of Empathy “teacher” at a Baby Celebration. Baby Celebrations take place at the end of the school year to honour the babies who are the heart of the ROE program. (view small | med | large | orig)

Trail of Tears

Trail of Tears
This little boy’s personal “trail of tears” and his ability to explain his sadness allowed other children in his class to understand the impact of bullying. The courage required to share humiliation is always respected in Roots of Empathy classrooms. (view small | med | large | orig)

I Am Proud Because…

I Am Proud Because…
The little girl in this picture understood the impact of racism. In the Roots of Empathy classroom, children practice the skills of social inclusion and learn to value different opinions and pathways. Children go beyond identifying and valuing differences and pull together common threads of shared and lived experiences to arrive at a concept of human solidarity. Roots of Empathy seeds peace in the hearts of children so that they can seed it in the playgrounds. (view small | med | large | orig)

Don’t Be Mad at the Baby

Don’t Be Mad at the Baby
Roots of Empathy attempts to break intergenerational cycles of violence and poor parenting. This little boy graphically demonstrates the vulnerability of the baby and the power of parents both physically and characteristically. If a baby reacts to something with high intensity, students in the Roots of Empathy classroom learn that this is neither good nor bad; it’s just the way the baby is. Children learn through observations and by asking the parent, how to read the baby’s signs and gestures. (view small | med | large | orig)

His Holiness The Dalai Lama Greets Mary Gordon

His Holiness The Dalai Lama Greets Mary Gordon
Mary Gordon meets His Holiness the Dalai Lama for the first time in 2006 at the Vancouver Dialogues where she was invited to discuss the themes of cultivating compassion and educating the heart. During the Educating the Heart dialogue His Holiness expressed his appreciation for the work of Roots of Empathy. In 2008 Ms. Gordon was honoured to meet with His Holiness a second time as part of the three-day Seeds of Compassion Event, in Seattle, Washington. (view small | med | large | orig)

Hands in the Air

Hands in the Air
Play is often how children make sense of their world and learn to solve problems. When a baby is unable to speak or communicate with words, play can often become a way of connecting with the baby and give them a social experience that helps others relate to them and to see the world with fresh eyes. (view small | med | large | orig)

Aboriginal Dad and Baby ~ "Love grows brains"

Aboriginal Dad and Baby ~ "Love grows brains"
A father bonds with his baby. In the Roots of Empathy family visit, fathers discuss their own feelings about being a parent as well as demonstrate in their interaction with their baby what it means to be a loving father. For boys, who traditionally in our society have less opportunity to talk about feelings, these discussions can be enlightening. (view small | med | large | orig)

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Project Leader

Stefanie Di Risio

Manager of Communications & Marketing
Toronto, Ontario Canada

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