Create a List

List Name

Rename this List
Save to
Back to the Top Teaching Blog
November 6, 2017

K is for Kindness: Celebrating World Kindness Day in Pre-K!

By Sandra Carrillo
Grades PreK–K

    In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

    Just as soon as Halloween has come and gone, our focus quickly turns to turkeys and parades! In November we honor our country's veterans on Veterans Day and give thanks for our blessings on Thanksgiving. But there is also another important day to celebrate: November 13 is World Kindness Day. It is a day dedicated to promoting and celebrating kindness in all of its forms. And it is never too early to start teaching our littlest learners that even the smallest gestures can make a big difference in someone's life.


     

    Five Ways to Celebrate World Kindness Day

    1.  Model kindness for your students. Be very intentional in the ways you show kindness to others at your school or in your learning environment. Make a special effort as you interact with others around the school and classroom to model different ways to be kind. Children will learn that kindness happens in simple, everyday activities.

    As always, it is important to emphasize that home/school connection. Send this list home (in a calendar or newsletter) to parents explaining to them the many ways that their child is showing kindness in the classroom. Give possible suggestions on how this list can be modified to include ways to show kindness at home. This is a perfect way to kick off a week full of kindness! Focus on one act each day. 

    • Say please and thank you (this can also include writing thank you notes — a great group activity).
    • Give compliments to others.
    • Smile and say hello!
    • Help your friends.
    • Make a new friend.

    2.  Share kindness through literacy. Incorporate literacy and writing into your celebration. A perfect way to start the day is to read a book about kindness. I recommend reading the book Fill a Bucket: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Young Children. This book is a prequel to Have You Filled Your Bucket Today? This sweet book explains in simple terms the concept of bucket filling and what it means to be kind. It is very easy for young children to understand.

     

    3. Fill a bucket with a kindness writing activity.

    Materials:

    • Over-the-door shoe organizer
    • Bucket template
    • Pictures of children
    • Writing materials
    • Paper
    • Variety of paper cut-out shapes: hearts, stars, squares, etc.

    1. Take an over-the-door-shoe organizer and create a bucket filling message center. 

    2. Print out this bucket template on colored paper, one for each child in your class.

    3. On the front of the bucket create a nameplate with the child's name and picture. This will make it easy for every child in the class to know to whom each bucket belongs. Remember to place the buckets on the pockets at eye level so that children won't have difficulty reaching them. 

    4. Transform your writing center into a "Fill a Friend's Bucket With Kindness" station. Make sure to have a variety of materials where children can create special notes for their friends. 

     

    4.  Create a classroom Chain of Kindness. Together as a class, make a kindness chain to hang in a special meeting place in your classroom.  

    Materials:

    • Colored construction paper cut into strips
    • White paper cut into small squares
    • Crayons
    • Glue

    Cut construction paper into strips. Give children a small, square piece of white paper. Have them draw a picture of themselves showing kindness. Have the student tell you about their drawing and write down what they say. Glue the white piece on a strip of construction paper. Attach the links together and hang in a special place for all to see! Don't forget to share!

     

    5.  Celebrate and sprinkle a little bit of kindness!

    Materials:

    • Unfrosted cupcakes or cookies (one for each child)
    • Frosting
    • Sprinkles ("special kindness sprinkles")
    • Kindness certificates

    It is suitable to end a day full of kindness with a little sweet celebration! Have some fun by letting your children frost their own cupcakes and then allow them to sprinkle some "kindness sprinkles." They deserve it!

    End the celebration by presenting each child with a special "Kindness Award." This can be found on the Scholastic Teachables website. 

     

    Recommended books about kindness:

    When I was very young, my mother instilled in me the importance of being kind and taught me to always smile at others. I quickly learned how such a simple gesture could positively impact another person's day. Teaching kindness to young children is an essential life skill. It is a skill that they will carry with them throughout their lives. 

    I hope these few simple activities serve as a starting a point to creating habits that your preschoolers will carry well into adulthood. Remember kindness is contagious!

    "No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted."

                                                                         Aesop

    Happy World Kindness Day!

    Hugs...

    Sandy

    In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

    Just as soon as Halloween has come and gone, our focus quickly turns to turkeys and parades! In November we honor our country's veterans on Veterans Day and give thanks for our blessings on Thanksgiving. But there is also another important day to celebrate: November 13 is World Kindness Day. It is a day dedicated to promoting and celebrating kindness in all of its forms. And it is never too early to start teaching our littlest learners that even the smallest gestures can make a big difference in someone's life.


     

    Five Ways to Celebrate World Kindness Day

    1.  Model kindness for your students. Be very intentional in the ways you show kindness to others at your school or in your learning environment. Make a special effort as you interact with others around the school and classroom to model different ways to be kind. Children will learn that kindness happens in simple, everyday activities.

    As always, it is important to emphasize that home/school connection. Send this list home (in a calendar or newsletter) to parents explaining to them the many ways that their child is showing kindness in the classroom. Give possible suggestions on how this list can be modified to include ways to show kindness at home. This is a perfect way to kick off a week full of kindness! Focus on one act each day. 

    • Say please and thank you (this can also include writing thank you notes — a great group activity).
    • Give compliments to others.
    • Smile and say hello!
    • Help your friends.
    • Make a new friend.

    2.  Share kindness through literacy. Incorporate literacy and writing into your celebration. A perfect way to start the day is to read a book about kindness. I recommend reading the book Fill a Bucket: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Young Children. This book is a prequel to Have You Filled Your Bucket Today? This sweet book explains in simple terms the concept of bucket filling and what it means to be kind. It is very easy for young children to understand.

     

    3. Fill a bucket with a kindness writing activity.

    Materials:

    • Over-the-door shoe organizer
    • Bucket template
    • Pictures of children
    • Writing materials
    • Paper
    • Variety of paper cut-out shapes: hearts, stars, squares, etc.

    1. Take an over-the-door-shoe organizer and create a bucket filling message center. 

    2. Print out this bucket template on colored paper, one for each child in your class.

    3. On the front of the bucket create a nameplate with the child's name and picture. This will make it easy for every child in the class to know to whom each bucket belongs. Remember to place the buckets on the pockets at eye level so that children won't have difficulty reaching them. 

    4. Transform your writing center into a "Fill a Friend's Bucket With Kindness" station. Make sure to have a variety of materials where children can create special notes for their friends. 

     

    4.  Create a classroom Chain of Kindness. Together as a class, make a kindness chain to hang in a special meeting place in your classroom.  

    Materials:

    • Colored construction paper cut into strips
    • White paper cut into small squares
    • Crayons
    • Glue

    Cut construction paper into strips. Give children a small, square piece of white paper. Have them draw a picture of themselves showing kindness. Have the student tell you about their drawing and write down what they say. Glue the white piece on a strip of construction paper. Attach the links together and hang in a special place for all to see! Don't forget to share!

     

    5.  Celebrate and sprinkle a little bit of kindness!

    Materials:

    • Unfrosted cupcakes or cookies (one for each child)
    • Frosting
    • Sprinkles ("special kindness sprinkles")
    • Kindness certificates

    It is suitable to end a day full of kindness with a little sweet celebration! Have some fun by letting your children frost their own cupcakes and then allow them to sprinkle some "kindness sprinkles." They deserve it!

    End the celebration by presenting each child with a special "Kindness Award." This can be found on the Scholastic Teachables website. 

     

    Recommended books about kindness:

    When I was very young, my mother instilled in me the importance of being kind and taught me to always smile at others. I quickly learned how such a simple gesture could positively impact another person's day. Teaching kindness to young children is an essential life skill. It is a skill that they will carry with them throughout their lives. 

    I hope these few simple activities serve as a starting a point to creating habits that your preschoolers will carry well into adulthood. Remember kindness is contagious!

    "No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted."

                                                                         Aesop

    Happy World Kindness Day!

    Hugs...

    Sandy

Comments

Share your ideas about this article

Susan Cheyney

GRADES: 1-2
About Us