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The kids in our care are still developing parts of their character, that will go on to shape how they treat others and how they view themselves. As teachers and parents we have a unique and powerful role to help shape and mold the best parts of our students and kids. One lesson I truly love to teach to my students is kindness. There is no better feeling in the world then knowing that your kindness has left someone else better off, and kids need to experience this amazing feeling. There are lots of opportunities for children to laugh at their peers’ mistakes or call each other silly names, but giving them meaningful interactions with kindness is something they will forever remember. Here are some of the ways I enjoy teaching kids kindness.
Cotton vs. Sandpaper Words
Linking Friendship Traits
Talk About Accepting Diversity
Provide Prompts & Examples
It’s so important to encourage kids to have meaningful conversations while being considerate. By our very nature, we have disagreements with others. Kids are no exception. So, it’s essential to let kids know that they can disagree in a way that is still polite and kind, while voicing their opinions. Children may not have the right vocabulary or transitions to express their thoughts, so it’s our job to equip them with it. The anchor charts below provide some wonderful sentence starters, that allow students to express themselves, while remaining positive.
Read to Inspire
Many children’s books beautifully capture acts of kindness, and can serve as a great benefit and example for your students or kids. Take a look at some of my favorite books about kindness: