We kick off our Kind Kids Club in the classroom around Christmas and then it carries on throughout the rest of the year.
This simple yet important component of my Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program cultivates happiness, builds relationships and connection, promotes compassion, empathy, perspective-taking and optimistic thinking.
Our brains are wired to feel good about doing good.
With younger students, I have set up the Kind Kids Club with Mystery Kindness Missions that arrive each morning inside a special box. The arrival of a new mission is indicated by a special flashing light. Eventually, students take over designing missions.
With older students, I would set up the Kind Kids Club with their involvement in determining missions around the school, home and local community right from the beginning.
Empowering students and following their passions and their interests can greatly support them in becoming global citizens.
These missions are undertaken with no expectation of anything in return. We often do them anonymously.
Consider having a book or another method of logging the Kindness Acts that the group undertakes.
The Kind Kids Club is a meaningful way to build core competencies: communication, critical and creative thinking, personal responsibility and social awareness.
Taking mindful action in the world with these missions can be small, big, free or more costly.
Here are some easy-to-implement considerations to get you started...
- Secretly clean up the hallways and boot rooms
- Head down to the Kindergarten classrooms to help with boots, mitts and coats
- Compliment a classmate or student in the school
- Let someone go ahead of you in line
- Hold the door open for someone
- Donate a book to another classroom
- Give candy canes to staff or your buddy class
- Pick up litter around the school
- Thank a staff member for something they’ve done
- Surprise your teacher by cleaning up the classroom at lunchtime
- Give a small treat to helpful adults in the building (secretary, custodians, principals, vice-principals, support staff, parent volunteers)
- Write a positive comment on a sticky note for the teachers, your buddy classroom, a parent, sibling or another family member or friend
- Help someone today
- Smile at everyone as you pass in the hallway - see what happens! (Mirror Neurons)
- Read to a class in a lower grade level
- Write the Parent Advisory Committee a thank you note for all they do for the school
- Invite another class to a Christmas sing-along
- Clean up after yourself and someone else
- Invite someone new to play with you
- See if there is anyone at the “Buddy Bench” that you could include in your play
- Put up kindness posters in the hallways
- Take on a recycling or composting initiative that fits your local programs - use some of the money to give back to local charities
- With permission, plant flowers or make simple bird feeders
- While grocery shopping, pick up a few items to donate to a local food bank
- Bake cookies and give them to a neighbour
- Shovel a neighbour’s driveway
- Clear out old toys and books that you can donate
- Hold the door open for someone at a store
- Clean your room without being asked
- Create a Kindness Advent Calendar to undertake at home
- Make Christmas cards for a Senior’s Home
- Make Christmas cards and give donations to a local shelter
- Sing Christmas carols at a Senior’s Centre
- Volunteer your time
- Donate stuffies, colouring books and crayons to the pediatric ward of your hospital
- Donate to Toys For Kids
- Donate to an animal shelter
- Make Thank You cards for local community helpers (police, firefighters, medical providers, etc...)
As students take over the planning of the Kindness missions, have resources and materials available about their passions and curiosities so they can further research ways they can make a difference.
Do you have other ideas you use in your Kind Kids Club? I would love to hear it!
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