Manners of the Heart is an evidence-based character education program designed to strengthen morals, improve social and emotional skills and increase respectfulness. Aligned with the Common Core State Standards, this curriculum has been carefully studied, researched and tested in the lives of children. Our first grade character program is a 22-week curriculum. Each week includes a 20-minute core lesson that uses a variety of engaging activities appropriate for first-graders, such as puppets, songs, stories, games, crafts and role-play. Following each lesson are extended learning activities to use throughout the week and a Home Connection letter to extend learning into the home.