Kindness, Pass It On.
SEL RESOURCES * ELEMENT@RY FAMILIES * SD 22 * December 2015
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
The Art of Pitching In
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.
Be a good neighbour.
to read full article,
October 2007 issue of Parents magazine.
You don't need to be a teacher to find these lessons useful!
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)
Making a difference video clip
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.”