Kindness, Pass It On.

SEL RESOURCES * ELEMENT@RY FAMILIES * SD 22 * December 2015

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Why is Kindness Important?

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou


Kindness is the pathway to empathy. In short, empathy is the ability to intellectually identify with or vicariously experience the emotions and thoughts of others. It can be a powerful skill and a lifelong tool for healthy relationships or simple daily interactions.

We tell the kids, “You never know what that little bit of kindness will mean to someone’s day.”


Empathy helps you understand your loved ones and pick your battles, which is particularly good in managing stress as well. But it can be a complex character trait to understand as a kid, so we focus on kindness.Kids can understand kindness. They know it when they see it and feel it. The trick is teaching them to demonstrate it. by Meg Jordan

Little Ways to Encourage Kindness

These simple ideas teach your children to be nice, generous people, one good deed at a time. "Helping feels good because it's nice for the other person and for you."


    Work as a Team

    Make helping a family affair

    Share the wealth

    Hug a Tree

    Recycle


    The Art of Pitching In

    Assign chores.

    Teach teamwork.

    Perform small acts of kindness.


    Look on the Bright Side

    Give your kids rose-colored glasses.

    Don't criticize their efforts.


    Do Unto Others...

    Lighten someone's load.

    Cheer up a stranger (or a friend).

    Do something that's above and beyond the call of duty.

    Give thanks.

    Be a good neighbour.


    to read full article,

    http://www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/advice/14-little-ways-to-encourage-kindness/

    October 2007 issue of Parents magazine.

    Don't laugh at me.
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    You don't need to be a teacher to find these lessons useful!

    still some time to go for days of celebrations and kindness...

    Celebrations in December

    Few months present the multicultural "teachable moments" that December does! The following multicultural events and celebrations are among those that will happen this year:

    • Ramadan (Muslim)
    • Eid al-Fitr (Muslim)
    • Saint Nicholas Day (Christian)
    • Eid'ul-Adha (Muslim)
    • Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexican)
    • St. Lucia Day (Swedish)
    • Hanukkah (Jewish)
    • Christmas Day (Christian)
    • Three Kings Day/Epiphany (Christian)
    • Boxing Day (Australian, Canadian, English, Irish)
    • Kwanzaa (African American)
    • Omisoka (Japanese)


    http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson213.shtml

    http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson246.shtml

    Making a difference video clip

    http://www.values.com/inspirational-stories-tv-spots/127-change-the-world

    Making a difference. At first it seems so daunting. It implies that you must have some sort of influence, special talents and time. In fact, it takes only the desire to make just one thing a little better. In this message we see small acts of service with the wonderful lyrics of Eric Clapton’s iconic song “Change the World.”

    BEING KIND: The Music Video that Circle the World
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    created by

    linda campbell

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