December 13, 2015
God Loves You!
"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36)
Our sweet Jesus came so many years ago to this dark earth, as a little baby, as our Shepherd. Isn't it a beautiful thought? What amazing love! God has compassion on us.
This Christmas, look upon Jesus. See His compassion for you! Then, let that compassion overflow to those around you.
Merry Christmas, everyone!
Taken from Parent Inspiration, Winter 2012.
The Compassionate Child
Compassion is the ability to see or be aware of other people’s distress or need and the desire to alleviate it. It is closely related to empathy and sympathy which allow people to be aware of or even share another person’s feelings, experiences, and emotions.
Why Teach Compassion?
Behaviors like bullying, teasing, ostracizing, gossip, as well as any forms of abuse arise when children and adults cannot or choose not to be aware of other people’s hurt, or purposefully cause hurt. People without compassion blame or dismiss victims (e.g. victims are too sensitive, should be nicer people, can’t take a joke, or will get over it) instead of feeling the need to stop causing pain or stop others from causing pain to the victim. Compassion is important because it “enables us to recognize the humanity—and dignity—of all people. It is the characteristic that drives charity, volunteer work, tolerance, and mutual respect.”2
Compassion is a core element of who God is.3 Christians are called to develop compassion, to love one another, to sympathize with all, even with their enemies.4 Apostle Paul encouraged the Colossians to clothe themselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.5 We are to care for those who are smaller, less powerful, different, or even mean or unfriendly – not just our friends. Modeling compassion and empathy in our own lives, and teaching these dispositions to our children are essential if we would have our children develop Christian character.
When and How to Teach Empathy and Compassion
In order to teach compassion, start by showing tender sympathy for your own child. Talk about your child’s feelings. Help your child learn words for different emotions.6 Point out when someone is being kind, and praise your child for demonstrating kindness. If you have pets, help your child to care for them by understanding their needs (the kitty is hungry, our dog is thirsty).7 It is also a good idea to foster cooperation instead of competition. There are many fun games and activities that focus on teamwork instead of tearing others down so one person can win.8
To help children learn to think about the feelings of others, ask your child how they might feel in certain situations. Ask your child to think about what helps them feel better if they are sad or angry and how they could help someone else who is having those feelings. What makes them happy? How can they help others be happy? Encourage your child to look for ways to recognize the needs of others. If your child physically or verbally hurts someone (even you) explain why what they did was wrong as part of your discipline. “When you laughed at your friend it hurt him and made him sad.” “When you took her toy it made her angry because she was playing with it.” Also help your child try to make it right.
Finally, talk about Christ as an example. Christ is described as having compassion many times and Bible stories remind children and adults to be like Him.9 Then model this compassion in your own life. Your children watch how you treat your friends and those who annoy or hurt you. Talk about ways they (and your family ) can be helpful to their friends, parents, siblings, neighbors, church members, etc.10 Discuss the importance of being kind and tolerant of others, even when they don’t want to be, or when they feel justified not to.11 “Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.” 1 Peter 3:8
Learn More Online
• 10 Christian Values Every Kid Should Know by Donna Habenicht
• Character Counts! Tips for Parents
• Crucial Curriculum: The Teaching of Compassion by Michelle Oetman
1. Merriam-Webster Dictionary merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empathy
2, 6-8. Skills for School Readiness and Life circle.adventist.org/files/jae/en/jae200568022903.pdf
3. Exodus 34: 5-7 and He Had Compassion on Them: Christ’s Attitude Toward the Poor by Walter Douglas dialogue.adventist.org/articles/13_2_douglas_e.htm
4. 1 Peter 3:8
5. Colossians 3:12
9. Matthew 14:14
10, 11. Values, Manners and Fundamental Beliefs circle.adventist.org/files/download/VMB.pdf
12. Teaching Kids About Compassion by Jan Johnson christianity.com/Christian%20Living/Just%20for%20Fami- lies/11598829/
Dress Down Day
Hot Lunch Wednesday - Pancakes & Fruit Toppings
Fruit Orders Are Here!
*A special thank-you to all those who helped get orders, unload fruit, and supervise fruit pick-up!
Friday, December 18, 2015 - Christmas Party & Half Day
Please note the information and dates in your packets and plan accordingly. We are looking forward to hitting the slopes in January!
We Are Learning
Weekly Memory Verses
Grades 5-8: 1 John 3:1, 2
Grades 5-8 will be asked to write their memory verses for the Thursday test.
Topics and Themes
- Bible: Please see sheet (1-4); Unit 2 Test; Forgiveness and Change by Love (5-8)
- Mathematics: For current topics and practice materials, please use links below.
- Spelling: Lists are available on Spelling City (5-8). Tests are on Thursday this week.
- Reading: Comprehension and fluency strategies are learned and practiced as we read Warrior Maiden (1-2), Sarah, Plain & Tall (3-4), and Salt & Pepper (5-8). We extend our usage of these skills during our independent reading time.
- Writing/Grammar: News writing
- Social Studies: Southeast United States, Early Spanish Explorers (1-4), American Revolution (5-8)
- Science: Magnets/Electricity (1-4), Immune System & Diseases (5-8)
Christmas Gifts - CDs for Sale
Monday, Dec. 7th, 8:30pm to Friday, Dec. 18th, 11:45am
202 North Carmel Street
If you need your order shipped, we will be happy to do that for a small extra fee just to cover the expense. Please FB message, call, or text Bethany Bolduc OR call the school.
Thank you! May God richly bless you and your family this holiday season.