June 2020 Piece of Peace

Kindness and Caring in Education

This month we are focusing on being kind to one another. Kindness can be defined as “The quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.” In peace education, we want to promote kindness in a more comprehensive manner. During this time of temporary social distancing from friends and family, we all must stay connected while attempting to maintain a positive spirit of kindness within our homes and communities.

For instance, in this time of social distancing, acts of kindness could be writing and sending a letter, calling someone you care about, helping people in the community or sharing homemade food.

The lesson below is designed to help children understand the importance of kindness. This exercise can be done as a class or even as a family at home!

An exercise for the class: Helping Hands Logbook

Objective:

Have the Children Identify when they have helped others.

You will need:

  • Construction Paper (two sheets per paper)
  • Unlined Paper (Six sheets per child)
  • Pencils, crayons, or markers
  • Stapler and staples
  • Scissors

Directions:

Begin this project on a Monday.

Have the children make their own logbooks: Tell each child to trace his or her hand on a piece of construction paper. Then, lay this on top of six blank pages and place a piece of construction paper underneath for the back cover. Staple all the pages together (at the “wrist”), and have the children cut out their books.

Brainstorm ways the children might be able to help others, either in school or at home. Near the end of the day have the children record in their books how they helped someone that day. Repeat each day that week.

On Friday afternoon, having completed all five pages ask the children to think about which deed gave them the greatest feeling of satisfaction. Ask them to record their responses on the sixth page.

For Discussion:

  • Was it easy for you to write something each day? Why or why not?
  • Did you have several things to choose from on certain days?
  • How do you feel when you help someone? Why?
  • If you had to keep a “Helping Hands Logbook” for the entire year, do you think it would be difficult to think of ways to help others? Why or why not?
  • Sometimes, just listening to someone talk about a problem is helpful. Can you explain why?

You can find more lessons just like this one in the book titled “Peace in the Classroom” by Hetty Adams, founder of Peaceful Schools International.