Is kindness something that can be taught? Yes, it is! The good news is that kindness can be learned; just like any other behavior, it can be trained through repetition and positive role modeling. The best part, teaching and showing kindness is fun and makes us feel great! As a primary teacher, I love using books to get a point or lesson across to my students. Below, I have a list of wonderful books that encourage kind behavior and actions. Along with the list of books, I have included other strategies that could be used along with an organization dedicated to random acts of kindness!
These are some of the books that I love to share throughout the year.
-How Full is Your Bucket by Carol McCloud.
-Have You Filled a Bucket Today? By Carol McCloud. These bucket filling books are a great way to start the school year. With my class, we will talk about how they filled my bucket by behaving so well or that I saw someone filling someone else’s bucket today.
-Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
-Hey Little Ant by Phillip Hoose. I love to use this one in the spring as the insects are beginning to come out.
– The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss is another great one that I share around February. This is about the time in our reading series that we talk about Martin Luther King Jr. and I think this story compliments it well for kids.
At our school, we have a “Kindness and Caring Club”. This club is geared toward our fourth and fifth graders. The KC Club goes out into the community and helps in different ways and for different organizations. An extension of this for our primary kids, is that we look for our little ones going out of their way to be kind to someone else at school. For each act of kindness they are seen doing, they receive a ticket. At the end of the month, a ticket is drawn and whose ever name is called gets to have their photograph hanging in the entryway of our school along with a write up of what they did.
This year, I came across an organization called RAK which stands for Random Acts of Kindness. On their website, you can sign up to receive free kindness lesson plans, games, information on how to start your own KC Club and classroom tools. What a great resource and all the work is done for you! You can find them at https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/for-educators#educator_resources