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Compassion is the character trait we use for February, but you can use it during any month. This is a good one to use as a reminder to kids about really understanding someone else and showing sympathy and empathy towards others. Making compassionate choices can inspire others to also act in understanding towards others. This is a great one to use as you study different cultures.
We read one book each week and also talk about one of the quotes each week. You can also find these books if you search the title on www.youtube.com where they are read aloud and shown to students.
We make a monthly bulletin board about the character trait each month. I post the definition in the center of the board, then add one quote each week in each corner. You can use the colored versions, or copy the black & white versions onto colored paper. Students can write their responses to each weekly quote on post-it notes that we then stick around each quote.
I read the books aloud to students and then we talk about the character trait as it is shown or used in the book. There are some books we read more than once.
Students can also talk about times they show compassion both at home and at school, and even other places.
My kids get a tag when they have shown compassion repeatedly. You can also keep a jar to hold warm fuzzies (pom pon balls) each time kids show compassion over the course of the month. When we fill the jar as a classroom, the kids get a treat (like extra recess, etc.). There are cards kids can fill out when they show compassion and then a “winner” can be drawn each week for a prize!
You can also get personalized pencils through the Oriental Trading Company with each monthly topic!