IB Learner Profile: Caring
Caring creates an endless ripple.
IB Learner Profile: Caring
The IB Learner profile aims to develop students who are caring. Students who are CARING show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. They remember to treat others how they themselves would like to be treated.
IB students tell us they bring this commitment to community and others to their activities and leadership roles at university and carry it throughout their lives.
How can parents help to develop students who are CARING?
- Start by practicing empathy. Model the caring behavior you would like to see in your child. Your child notices everything you do! Using kind words, helping others and being an active listener will show your child that you care about other people.
- Help your child consider the feelings of others. Ask, "What do you think she's upset about?" "How would you feel if that happened to you?"
- Read books that demonstrate caring and kindness. Discuss the message of the story and how it can be applied in your every day lives. Ask, "What are some things we can do to show kindness?" "Is there anyone we know that could use some extra caring right now?"
- Brainstorm ways your family can get involved in the community. Send cards to residents of a local nursing home. Donate food, clothing or toys to those in need. Place inspiring quotes around the neighborhood for others to see.
- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Sometimes this can be challenging for busy families, but make an effort to establish these habits in your home. By developing children who care about the environment, you are helping the future of the globe.
- Emphasize social skills like saying please, thank you, sharing with siblings and recognizing when others may be having a difficult day.
Enemy Pie by Derek Munson.
Anticipating the best summer ever, the young narrator of this engaging picture-book about turning enemies into friends laments the arrival of new boy Jeremy Ross in his neighborhood. Although they don't get off to the best start - Jeremy laughs at him when he is struck out in a game of baseball, and doesn't invite him to his trampoline party - the boy's wise father tells him he has the perfect way to deal with enemies: Enemy Pie. But in order to convince Jeremy to eat it, first the boy must spend an entire day with him...
Enemy Pie is an engaging story about social dynamics among young children, and offers a well-told lesson about building friendships and community, even when we haven't gotten off to the best start with newcomers.
Discussion Questions for Enemy Pie
Can you make a connection to the main character or Jeremy Ross?
Why do you think the dad doesn’t tell his son what’s in the pie?
Why do you think the enemy pie smells so good?
Why does Jeremy feel confused when the main character asks him to play?
Why doesn’t the main character want Jeremy to eat the pie?
What do you think will happen to Jeremy when he eats the pie?
Was there anything nasty about the pie?
Why do you think the dad called it enemy pie?
Free Educational Websites for Home
Sometimes screen time is a necessity if we have children at home and work we need to do. Here are four links that make screen time a learning time:
- https://openlightbox.com/lightbox/?bookCode=1074 -This link will take you to a Lightbox interactive book called "Caring". The interactive features include audio, video, activities, weblinks, maps, quizzes and vocabulary related to the IB Learner Profile: Caring.
- https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/ - Incorporate this online learning site that teaches the students about the world around them and encourages caring with a global perspective
- https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html?caching - This link provides day by day projects to keep students learning, thinking and growing
- https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/ - During difficult times, we often see the most beautiful acts of kindness. If you’re home and looking for things to do to keep busy, scroll down for a list of resources to help!
Help young readers in PreK-6 develop social-emotional skills with these books about sharing and caring.
Click here for the mission statement regarding the IB Learner Profiles