I love teaching kindness in the classroom and not just in February. I think promoting and discussing kindness with your students is one of the most important lessons we can focus on as teachers because it really needs to be practiced over and over again. It’s not something we can focus on once and never revisit.
That’s why I want to make it a point to continue creating and sharing activities that can be done with your students throughout the year to reinforce the importance of showing kindness to others and doing random acts to show others they are appreciated. February, being the month of love and hearts and flowers, happens to be the perfect time to showcase the importance of kindness. It also happens to be the time of the Great Kindness Challenge. This challenge is a nationwide event that takes place both at school and in your home to promote kindness.
These activities were designed to be used in order to take part in the challenge, but, can also be used at any point in February and beyond. So, how can you get your students excited about showing kindness to others? Here are some ideas:
1. Invite Them Into a Secret Club
What child doesn’t want to be a part of a secret club? I don’t know one who doesn’t! So in order to engage my students, I created a character named Vincent Valentine who founded the Cupid Capers Club; an exclusive club for children who wanted to share random acts of kindness SECRETLY!
Vincent Valentine sends a letter to the class, asking for volunteers to sign up and share random acts of kindness with others at school. Each mission should be kept secret to the recipient of the R.A.K.
5. Celebrate Their Hard Work!
Once your cupid capers have completed their own random acts of kindnesses, hang the sign, “We Are A Kind Class,” outside of your classroom and send home their heart tags to notify their parents! Random acts of kindness should be celebrated! Hopefully the excitement that you generate by celebrating these random acts of kindness lead to more acts done completely on their own throughout not just the month but the rest of the year.
If these activities sound exciting to you and think they would be motivating to your students, I would love for you to check them out further in my TpT store here or click on any of the images to see more!