The Compassionate Classroom: Service and Kindness Ideas
In this collection you will find the following:
68 total pages (poems, sheet music, ideas)
2 mp4 video files
1. The ABC’s of Community Service
Best for Grades K-5
26 Ideas Concerning Caring for our Communities
Community service, caring for our neighbors, and leveraging what we have to serve those around us in need, these are all things we can work on in our classrooms and our homes, and working together on these things will help to foster compassion and empathy for others. All of our communities could use a bit of TLC and inter-personal bridge-building. These ideas will be a start. These are all ideas that we have used, and subsequently been deeply blessed and enriched by the outcomes.
2. Community Service Ideas for Elementary Students
7 Ideas, 4 pages
"Service leads to compassion" is an effort that encourages elementary-aged students to see the needs of others and then do something to help. One Arts Infusion Collaborative has, for many years, nurtured character education through serving neighbors in our community. This product shares a service experience, a service theory, and seven simple service projects we regularly do with elementary students. Always call an organization and ask about their needs before you begin a service project.
3. Community Service: Seven Brand New Ideas
7 New Ideas, 5 pages
"Service leads to compassion" is an effort that encourages elementary-aged students to see the needs of others and then do something to help. One Arts Infusion Collaborative has, for many years, nurtured character education through serving neighbors in our community and also in the world. This product shares a service experience, a service theory, and seven brand new simple service projects we regularly do with elementary students. If you already have the resource, "Community Service Ideas for Elementary Students," this new resource will add 7 different service project ideas to your collection. A tried and true collection of great kid-friendly service projects is always a tremendous and compassion-building resource. With respect to enacting the project ideas, always call an organization and ask about their needs before you begin a service project.
4. The Story Of An Award Winning Collaborative Community Service Project
"Together we are stronger" is the rally cry of the collaborative portion of this store, One Arts Infusion Collaborative. I believe that as we gather up each one's unique giftedness, bringing all of that combined strength together, and then set out to tackle a task of any kind, the task will quickly become less daunting and friendships will be forged along the way. This is the story of a project, the aim of which was to bring neighbors together and celebrate the excellence of our hometown; it's story was our story. Perhaps after reading this, you will be inspired to implement a collaborative, celebratory event in your school and hometown. I hope so. Because if you do, you and countless others will be blessed.
5. Even When We Disagree, You Are Still My Neighbor: Poem, Question, & Draw
Draw 3 Pictures About Neighbors
Answer a question/Make a list of "Good Neighbor" qualities
We need each other. We need to treat one another with kindness and compassion. Everyone has troubles and trials and helping one another benefits us all. Sometimes we disagree, sometimes our differences are quite glaring, sometimes we accidentally hurt or anger one another, and when this happens we need to apologize and then be kind again. This little poem reminds us all to be good neighbors. Pictures of our neighbors and pictures of being neighborly truly create a beautiful affirming bulletin board. What an important reminder!!
6. Share A Smile, Light Your World Sheet Music:for SmileTrain Children's Charity
Appropriate and Inspirational for Children of All Ages
Guitar chords included
100% OF THE EARNINGS FROM THE SALE OF THIS SHEET MUSIC WILL BE DONATED TO SMILE TRAIN CHILDREN"S CHARITY!!!!!!!
With permission, I share the Mission Statement of Smile Train:
“Smile Train is an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. Millions of children in developing countries with untreated clefts live in isolation, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Our sustainable model provides training, funding, and resources to empower local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own communities.”
Please visit their website to learn more: https://www.smiletrain.org/
Here is the simple, gentle sheet music to the original children’s song, “Share A Smile, Light Your World,” with its sweet melody and lyrics which point to the beautiful, compassionate heart of Smile Train. The melody and lyrics are repetitive and easy to learn and would be appropriate and inspirational for children of all ages. This song was written to draw attention to and benefit the tremendous efforts of Smile Train on behalf of children around the world needing cleft palate surgery. “Changing the world one smile at a time” is a promise they keep over and over again. 100% of the earnings from the sale of this sheet music will be donated to Smile Train to help support their efforts and provide surgeries. This donation is made in honor of the 65th Wedding Anniversary of Douglas and Jean Anderson, an amazing couple who have committed their lives to serving and caring for their neighbors near and far. National Smile Day was Friday, October 7, 2016, and it was a glorious day when a bright light was shined on Smile Train’s excellent work. I hope that music teachers, choir directors, piano teachers, and others who love and share music will purchase this sheet music, so that before long countless voices can sing of the precious, important work of bringing smiles to those little ones who need them.
7. Start The Ripple
Best for grades 1-4
Here is a gentle poem about the lovely contagious nature of sharing and showing kindness and the beautiful difference it can make in building an encouraging environment. The poem is followed by 10 questions, and an opportunity to draw a picture. Hopefully this poem will inspire your class to start kindness ripples. We created a bulletin board centered around this poem and our creative drawings. We added pictures we found of people showing kindness, as well as pictures of us starting kindness ripples at school and in the community.
8. Beautiful Words Are..... A Mini-Lesson About Using Encouraging Words
Words can help. Words can heal. Words can hurt. The words we choose to use with one another each minute of each day are extremely important and can make the difference between someone trying and someone quitting. Being cognizant and deliberate about the kind, encouraging, and beautiful words we share in our classrooms will serve to create a classroom environment that's trusting, nurturing, positive, and optimal for learning.
This is a little mini-lesson to get this sort of classroom started, because an environment such as this takes practice:)
In these 8 pages, you will find:
**A-Z examples of some beautiful, encouraging words
**3 questions about hearing and saying beautiful, encouraging words
**10 statements someone might say to you and space for you to create a response for that person with beautiful, encouraging words
9. The Power of Kind and Encouraging Words
This is 16 pages of a challenge and classroom project that promises to bring optimism, confidence, esprit de corps, and compassion through the well-exercised new habit of kind and encouraging words. Words can hurt. Words can heal. Words matter and have a significant bearing on self-esteem and willingness to engage.
These 16 pages contain:
7 pages of quotes about the power of words
2 pages describing the class project
3 simple "Words" worksheets
Sheet Music to song, "Wise Words" (about Abe Lincoln)
mp4 video file for song, "Wise Words"
2 pages of A Words Story: The Ineffectiveness of Yelling Words
In a world of much anger, stress, complication, and often isolation, the impact of kind and encouraging words can be powerful, beautiful, crucial, and perhaps even provide the impetus for a willingness to reach a little higher, try a little harder, smile a little wider, and shine a little brighter.
A gift of encouragement.
10. This Story Called Home Sheet Music
In celebration of our hometown, this song was written for and shared with all of the third grade students in our community; students from all schools, all backgrounds, and all abilities. We all learned this song utilizing an mp4 file in our diverse classrooms, and then came together to learn the story of our city and sing this song together. It was a very powerful and important experience to share. This is the simple sheet music. The mp4 file of this song is also available at my store, One Arts Infusion Collaborative. This song is best suited for students third grade and up. One Arts Infusion Collaborative seeks to create original music that supports and enhances curricular content and musically celebrates holiday facts, traditions, and themes.
11. This Story Called Home mp4 video file
With this mp4 file, One Arts Infusion Collaborative has created a way for classroom teachers, utilizing their computers or smartboards, to sing with their students about the excellence of and their pride in their hometown or community.
One Arts Infusion Collaborative seeks to create original poetry and music that support and enhance curricular content, celebrate holidays, stir imaginations, and encourage kindness.