Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness Week 2016 is Feb. 14-20.
We will be doing some Kindness Projects. Please keep a look out of notes being sent home.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Random Acts of Kindness & Valentine's Day

I'm slow at getting posts made of all the things we are doing in Preschool.  During Valentine's Week we focused on ways to be kind to one another. We talked about how something as simple as a smile can make someone happy.
Our first project was Kindness badges.  Each child decorated a heart which said 'I Am Kind."
We pinned these on their shirt to wear home. 
We put their pictures on doily hearts called our Kindness Hearts.  
Each day when we saw a child do something nice we gave them a sticker to put on their heart. Their nice gestures included things like comforting someone who got hurt, helping someone put on their coat, pick up the circle time mats for me without being asked, picking up toys they weren't playing with, etc.  As soon as they saw someone do a good deed they quickly started doing the same thing.  We told them we didn't want them to come tell us when they did something good. We suggested they tell us when they saw SOMEONE ELSE do something good.--kind of a reverse tattling.  It certainly made them more aware of doing nice things for others.

Last year we asked each child to choose someone to send a balloon and special note (a Smile Gram). This year we decided to literally send a smile. We took a picture of each child with their biggest smile.  We enlarged the pictures and cut out only the child's smile and glued them on red lips the children decorated with stickers.  
Once again the children chose someone to write a special note to (a SMILE GRAM) but we asked them not to sign their name.  We put the smile, Smile Gram and a couple poems in an envelope and mailed them to the recipients.  The first poem was printed on the back of the Smile Gram:
'Smiles are Infectious'
Smiling is infectious,
You catch it like the flu,
When someone smiled at me today,
I started smiling too
I passed around the corner,
And someone saw my grin.
When he smiled I realized
I'd passed it on to him
I thought about that smile
then I realized its worth,
A single smile, just like mine
could travel round the earth
So, if you feel a smile begin,
don't leave it undetected
Let's start an epidemic quick,

and get the world infected!
[Author Unknown] 

The other poem I made up myself:

When I thought of you today
My mouth begin to smile
We took a picture real quick
To save it for a while
I put it in an envelope
To mail it right to you
I may not have signed my name
But can you guess who???
I am learning about being kind
I hope this brightens up your day
Please pass this along
It’s the Random Act of Kindness way!

It would be so neat if everyone who received a 'smile' passed it on to someone else.

We are planning to continue the Kindness Heart idea into March by giving each child a Pot. They will fill their pot with Gold with each kind deed. 


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