The Mill Valley counseling program is excited
to bring back the Kimochi Program to all
five of our elementary schools!
You may ask, “What
are Kimochis?”The word Kimochi (KEY.MO.CHEE)
means “feelings” in Japanese.The Kimochi Program assists students in
understanding feelings and personalities of both themselves and others.Kimochi’s were developed by a wonderful group
of leaders who created several different characters designed to give children the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to
recognize and manage their emotions, demonstrate caring and concern for others,
establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle
challenging situations constructively.Wow, that’s a mouth full!
The Kimochi’s provide our counseling
program and classrooms with age specific curriculum used throughout all
elementary school levels.The Kimochi
curriculum incorporates innovative and fun activities developed to teach
children how to manage challenging social situations with skill, character and
Our MV counseling team is excited
to use the Kimochi’s to develop and maintain a respectful and friendly student
community.In order to set the
foundation for a Kimochi friendly environment, our counselors will be spending
the next several weeks brining Kimochi’s into the Kindergarten classrooms and
working with teachers to improve our students social and emotional learning.
BUG is a caterpillar who is afraid of change. Although he feels afraid, Bug secretly dreams
of flying. He does not like trying new
things, but with some encouragement, his brave feelings help to spread his
wings and fly!
CAT is a great leader and loves to be in charge, but she can
sometimes be a little bit bossy. Now and then, her bossiness can lead to
confrontation, or a “cat fight.”
CLOUD is a bit moody and unpredictable, just like the weather.
When Cloud is happy, he spreads sunshine, but when you turn his head, his sad
face signals that he might rain on your parade!
HUGGTOPUS is all smiles and hugs, but sometimes gets a little
carried away by her big friendly personality. She has to learn about respecting
other people’s boundaries.
DOVE is sweet and nurturing and, like all
doves, tries to keep the peace. She is always available to help with
problem-solving and offering loving support.
Perhaps our favorite thing about
the Kimochi characters are their tangle feelings.For children, it can be difficult to
understand feelings they have.The
Kimochi characters not only present students with a tangle feeling, but they give
students an idea of what those feelings represent:
Each character has a pouch students
can use to stuff different emotions that may show how they (the student) or the
characters are feeling.Many students are able to use the
characters to project their own feelings, using this form of play as a
With this program we hope to continue educating our students and further develop their social/emotional intelligence. We are so excited to share
our Kimochi’s with the Mill Valley students and hope to provide ongoing positive change in our school community. For more information regarding the program, where
to purchase merchandise, or how to communication with your children using
Kimochi’s tools, please visit the website: