COMPLIMENT BOOKMARKS Affirmations Coloring World Compliments Day Cards SEL

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I put their reading level and AR log in on the back side and laminated it. Now they will have it whenever they need it for library time.
I used this resource with my children at home, we even mailed some to family and friends. We loved it!
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These positive affirmations coloring bookmarks are a fun World Compliments Day or friendship activity. The positive suggestions on the compliment cards encourage kindness as students show gratitude and praise their classmates.

Each coloring page has kindness quotes to challenge negative thoughts and encourage positive thinking. Students are asked to consider the character traits they like best about their peers and select a bookmark with an affirmation that reflects these positive qualities to compliment them.

Another fun way to teach kids to give compliments is to participate in our kindness challenge. The excitement is high as students sneak off to the library to hide their bookmarks for schoolmates to find. It's a friendship lesson they want to participate in again and again.

➡️ Teacher Feedback:

“My class is K-2 ASD, but during literacy week this year, we were paired up with a 5th grade class. Typically, that would be reading buddies, but we had to be creative because of Covid. We decided each student would make a bookmark for their buddy. It was great!” - Hillary U (used with students in K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 5th grade

on the Autism spectrum)

Compliments boost self-esteem and confidence but they also foster social skills and a growth mindset. Complimenting others reinforces friendship and inclusion, and is an essential part of your classroom management strategy.

Teachers can use the ready-to-use printer-friendly color bookmarks for positive reinforcement or to affirm students during morning meetings.

Use the outlines as coloring sheets in your calm down corner for kids to use as a mindfulness activity when they need a brain break or you need to calm anxious, restless, or angry students.

➡️ Here's how one teacher used them:
"I actually printed all of these bookmarks and stapled them to a bulletin board. The students pulled them off and shared them with someone else in the class. They were gone in a few minutes and they wanted to continue it for the rest of the week. Such an important topic! Thank you." - JoAnn, 4th grade teacher

If you're wondering how compliments can help in your classroom, consider the following story.

Chris Ulmer is a special education teacher at Keystone Academy in Jacksonville, Florida. He spent 10 minutes each day complimenting and affirming his students. Within 3 weeks, he had completely changed the culture of his classroom. His students started naturally following his example and now routinely compliment and praise one another. Mr. Chris’ students actively help and never insult one another.

➡️ These compliments bookmarks can help students to:

  • believe in themselves
  • show kindness toward others
  • nurture friendships
  • be positive
  • include others
  • be proud of their achievements
  • appreciate and love themselves as they are
  • talk about their feelings
  • use their words
  • breathe or count when they’re angry or anxious
  • be helpful and considerate
  • enjoy learning more
  • try harder
  • forgive people who have hurt them
  • be brave enough to try something new
  • be a good person

Use the sayings on the bookmarks to start conversations around kindness, caring, respect, and self-belief.

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➡️ This resource includes

  • 51 ready-to-use printer-friendly color bookmarks
  • 66 black outline bookmarks to print on colored card or for students to color in
  • 9 outlined border templates for students to make their own bookmarks
  • 15 designs specifically for the kindness challenge
  • Teacher instructions and information about how to give a compliment

How to Use

  • Students can select a person they’d like to compliment or you can allocate a person to each student to ensure everyone receives one. They find a bookmark that expresses what they’d like to say and color it. Their compliment can be given to the person directly, left on their desk or popped in their school bag to find later.
  • The next time you use the bookmarks, you might like to print out the blank templates (just frames) for students to make their own. Talk to them about what a compliment is and is not and brainstorm some ideas before having them get started on their artwork.
  • Another way to use the bookmarks is to put them in books at the library. This way, unsuspecting lenders will discover a surprise as they read their book. You may like to print more generic bookmarks for this activity.
  • You’ll notice there are colored bookmarks as well as outlines for student to color in. You can use the ready-to-use color version to give to your students when you would like to compliment them on an achievement or just for being awesome.
  • Include black outline bookmarks in calm-down corners as a mindfulness activity.
  • Nurture creativity and self-expression through coloring. Include a hand-written note or poem on the back. 
  • Use coloring activities to enhance fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

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