With the holidays each year, our minds turn to thoughts of gratitude and thankfulness, family, friends and relationships new and old. Our values as a society are formed by parents and others who are the center of our youngest students’ world. As teachers, we can work hand in hand with parents to help children develop traits of kindness, friendship, gratitude, helpfulness and attitude that will serve them well as they grow into adulthood.
In my last post as a blogger for Mailbox Gold, I want to share a couple of ideas using seasonal resources from the printable resource area that are perfect for sparking an attitude of kindness and respect in your students.
Students love being special helpers to adults or other students, so one project we will have running all December is our Random Acts of Kindness “Smile” Basket. It is a basket with easy tasks that students can complete for chosen recipients. Students are encouraged to be original, but they can draw from the basket for easy ideas. These can range from:
Sharpen pencils for a teacher.
Clean a friend’s table area after a project.
Give a compliment card to a friend.
Draw a picture or a card for a teacher.
Draw a picture or a card for the principal.
Draw a picture or card for the lunch staff.
Dust vac the floor.
Sort the crayons.
Make a cookie delivery to a special teacher.
Make a candy cane delivery to a special teacher.
The above statements look so perfect on the holiday name badge templates from Mailbox Gold. Love this activity!
Another activity we will participate in is the Candy Cane Express. After acquiring a list of senior citizens who reside at the assisted living home in our community, we will make cards and special candy cane deliveries to some very sweet recipients who happen to be at the opposite end of the age spectrum. There is something magical about kindergarten kids and seniors. The candy canes we give them will have sweet notes from each student. This is such a meaningful way to connect the generations. We will keep the spirit of kindness alive by creating cards and paper flower art for our senior friends in the Spring. The lesson learned with both activities is: acts of kindness should happen all year, every year for a lifetime. It’s what helps us show we value those around us. To do something without expecting something in return…just because…is an important lesson for a five year old!
You are sure to find other great printables that can be adapted to your plans for fostering kindness and respect in your classroom with a Mailbox Gold subscription.
I am grateful to The Mailbox for allowing me to take part in the #bethedifference campaign.
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