Wednesday, July 14, 2010

how can I enourage acts of kindness in kids?

It is so easy to focus on what kids do wrong. We often aren't aware of kids attempts at being good when we are often working on what feels like crowd control. We found a great way to acknowledge acts of kindness with a special bulletin or award card.

How to Catch Kid in the Act of Being Good:
*Get a camera and take pictures of the kids doing acts of kindness around the classroom. Picking up paper around the classroom, taking initiative, or helping a friend. Have the kids help you create a "Caught in the Act" bulletin board and be sure to talk about other ways to catch kids in the act!

*Make CIA card as awards. As a class the kids can get them and turn them in collectively for a pizza party or special field trip. Be sure to write down the specific act of kindness. Jared put away all the toys without being asked, I really appreciate your care for a clean classroom! Thank you! or Jenni helped Ian get a tissue and for his tears and Sat with him until he felt better. What a good friend! Thank you!

What ways do you encourage kids individually or as a group?


Theresa Milstein said...

With young children, I've done verbal compliments, but I love the suggestion to take CIA photos. You have such great ideas!

Barbra Stephens said...

Awe. Thanks Theresa. :)