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A Complete, Brain-Based Social Emotional Learning Program

ZainyTime is a fully equipped Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Program that aligns with the CASEL framework on Social Emotional competencies.

There are 6 units in the core program, each with 5 lessons each (See table below)

Each of the lessons in the core program include lesson plans, lesson overviews, key vocabulary, connection activities, videos, and application activities to enhance learning.

Additionally, new content and videos are added on a monthly basis on a variety of topics, current events, and other brain-related topics.

Unit 1: Brain Basics

Lesson 1:1 - I Am My Brain

Lesson 1:2 - My Brain is Amazing

Lesson 1:3 - My Brain is Soft

Lesson 1:4 - I Can Help My Brain

Lesson 1:5 - I Can Love My Brain

Unit 2: The Boss Brain (PFC)

Lesson 2:1 - The Boss Brain

Lesson 2:2 - When My Boss Works


Lesson 2:3 - When My Boss Has


Lesson 2:4 - Helping My Boss Brain

Lesson 2:5 - Boss Brain Exercise

Unit 3: Mindfulness

Lesson 3:1 - I Have Feelings

Lesson 3:2 - I Can Share My


Lesson 3:3 - I Can Check In With 

                      My Feelings

Lesson 3:4 - I Can Check In With

                      My Breathing

Lesson 3:5 - I Can Practice 


Unit 4: ANTs

(Automatic Negative Thoughts)

Lesson 4:1 - My Thoughts are          


Lesson 4:2 - My Thoughts are


Lesson 4:3 - We All Have ANTs

Lesson 4:4 - "Just the Bad" ANT

Lesson 4:5 - "Blame" ANT


Unit 5: Kindness

Lesson 5:1 - Others Have Feelings 


Lesson 5:2 - We All Have Strengths

Lesson 5:3 - We All Have Struggles

Lesson 5:4 - We Can Work Together

Lesson 5:5 - We Can Be Kind To


Unit 6: Supercharging

    The Brain

Lesson 6:1 - I Will Love My Brain

Lesson 6:2 - I Will Love My Boss


Lesson 6:3 - I Will Be Mindful

Lesson 6:4 - I Will Love My


Lesson 6:5 - I Will Show Kindness

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Sample Lesson
Lesson 6:4 - I Will Love My Thinking

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About the Developers


Dr. Jesse Payne, Ed.D., MA

Dr. Payne is the founder of Brain25, a brain-based organization dedicated to changing the lives of young people, one brain at a time.  He is a licensed teacher, licensed administrator, public speaker, researcher, university professor, and author of several books and programs about the developing brain.  

Dr. Payne currently works full-time as a K-8 Principal in a public charter school with a focus on International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum and Brain-Based Education.  

Dr. Daniel Amen, MD

Dr. Amen is a double-board certified child and adult psychiatrist, brain imaging specialist, and the medical director of Amen Clinics.  As a 12x New York Times Bestselling author, Dr. Amen has pioneered the use of brain imaging in clinical psychiatric practice.  His medical team has the largest functional brain images database with over 62,000 SPET scans.


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