The Fin’s Friends program is designed to teach the basic elements of character education and social responsibility to primary students throughout British Columbia. Students are taught to respect themselves and others by emphasizing the virtues of strong character, such as compassion, kindness, and perseverance. Specific children’s literature is used as a basis to stress these positive character virtues and all books are included in the package. By focusing on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that help the learner make responsible choices Fin’s Friends develops the building blocks for life-long success.
The curricula for each grade components are distinct from one another, with different literature and emphasized virtues:
- Kindergarten curriculum teaches compassion and fairness
- Grade one curriculum teaches kindness, perseverance, and peacefulness
- Grade two curriculum teaches respect and responsibility
- Grade three curriculum teaches courage and citizenship
Since 2003, Fin’s Friends has been in more than 3355 primary classrooms, in both English and French Immersion, across British Columbia. So far, more than 84,000 primary students have participated in this valuable character education program. This program is funded by the Canucks For Kids Fund.