The purpose of Kindness Education for Children is to teach children to be “givers of kindness” (http://www.rootsofaction.com/art-kindness-teaching-children-care/) and when they can, choose to be kind. In this lesson, students engage in active learning through games, student generated ground rules, team participation, collaborative discussion, and working with life-like scenarios. The scenarios enforce four different categories of kindness: courtesy, gratitude, giving back, and understanding. Next, students work on a week-long project where they decide if they want to be kind to another person or to themselves. At the end of the week, the students come together to report out and discuss their experiences. To keep the fun in the lesson, it ends with an active, team game!
Kindness Education for Children includes a complete lesson plan:
Overview and Introduction
Activity Steps: Building trust through icebreakers: games, Student generated ground rules, Aesop’s Fable: The Lion and the Mouse, Brainstorming, Exploring kindness using scenarios, Using the Think Ahead Method to choose kindness (includes directions for making a Kindness Catcher), Using the Kindness Catcher, Displaying acts of kindness, Discussing final questions, Participating in final game: Candy Towers or Paper Plate Towers
Handouts: Could you be kind? Instructions for making a Kindness Catcher, Template for Kindness Catcher, Acts of Kindness card (optional)
Key words: choice, choose, compassion, compliment, cooperate, courtesy, decide, decision, empathy, empower, forgive, friendliness, generous, give, gratitude, happy, kindness, positive, quality, success, sympathy, understanding, value
All our handouts are available in color and in grayscale. We recommend teaching this lesson over a three day period as there is a week-long project students will be experiencing!