Choosing the Heart Child is an important element of a project developed at Praxisvolksschule called “Heart over foot” which aims to develop, promote and strengthen the social competences of the participating students. The project title, which has been developed in collaboration with students, symbolises both the emotional world (i.e. the heart) and the importance of body language (i.e. the foot).
Children who show special social aptitudes throughout the month get the opportunity to be chosen as the „Herzkind“ (heart child) during the assembly. Heart children are particularly helpful, appreciative, friendly, and empathetic. They recognize when someone needs comfort, are good listeners, and honest. They are committed to good cohesion in the class community. Often these children are also characterized by a high democratic understanding, for example, by often taking a mediating position in conflicts.