Taking Kindness Outside of the Classroom Has Its Rewards

Posted on March 5, 2016 in Character, Kindness, Pre-Kindergarten.

We have been looking for ways to show kindness in our classroom and I have been thrilled with what these little scholars have come up with – even down to giving a classmate a little Lego arm because “I knew he would like it.”  In conjunction with talking in Pre-K about ways we can show kindness to others, we have also been talking about pride. 

We have found out there are 2 basic types of pride:

  • the version we experience when we can rejoice in a job well done
  • the version we represent when we compare ourselves to someone else to try and make ourselves look better (remember – this is the Pre-K version). 

We decided to expand our “Let’s find ways to be kind in our classroom” to “Let’s find ways to show kindness around our school.”  As we were on the playground we noticed there were a lot of dead leaves and broken sticks on it. 

The question was asked,” Could we be kind and start to clean up the playground so it would look nice for everyone when they came to use it?”  The answer was a resounding YES!  We began spending a little time during each recess picking up leaves and sticks and before long we had bagged 7 big black trash bags of leaves and a trash can full of sticks. 

BCA K4 students extend kindness outside of the classroom and clean the campus.

BCA K4 students extend kindness outside of the classroom

Along the way we were able to feel the pride of accomplishing what at first looked like an enormous job as well as pride in how our playground now looked so nice.

What a great lesson to be able to learn when you are 5.

– Barbara Hammel, K-4 5 Day Teacher

BCA Students Take Kindness Outside of the Classroom and Clean the Campus and Experience the Pride of a Job Well Done

BCA Students Experience the Pride of a Job Well Done

BCA Students Experience Pride in a Job Well Done When They Helped Clean The Campus as Part of the Kindness Initiative

BCA Students Work Together To Clean The Campus as Part of the Kindness Initiative

BCA Students Working Together to Clean the Campus. The Kindness Initiative.

BCA Students Taking Kindness Outside of the Classroom to Make The Playground More Enjoyable for Everyone.

 

 

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