Random Acts of Kindness Lessons, Lists, and More
Wonderful Kindness Resources Are Available From The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
It’s Random Acts of Kindness Week! My favorite resource is and always has been the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation! They offer free printable’s and materials for educators which are high quality and very inspirational. They also include stories to share and lists of ideas to get you started. This year they are on a mission to make 2016 the Year of Kindness! I for one, am on board.
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Why It’s Important That We Teach Kindness
For me, one of the most important parts of teaching kindness is the removal of the victim mentality and replacing it with the hero within. Think of how often our kids are hearing about how the world has gone down the tubes. How people these days are selfish and cruel. How neighbors don’t care about each other anymore. The list goes on and on. Our children deserve better than that.
We have taken our CASEL approved, highly effective, evidence-based Kindness in the Classroom ® social emotional learning curriculum and made it better. By including a focus on equity, teacher self-care, and digital citizenship, we are excited to share a more engaging, relatable, and inclusive curriculum.
Small Random Acts of Kindness Make An Impact
With a simple act of kindness such as delivering a plate of cookies to your neighbors (even if you have never stopped to speak to them before), you can change the idea that our children can’t have great neighbors. They can form a relationship and often discover that they do have awesome neighbors who now know their name and care about them. It is often that simple. Encouraging relationships with your neighbors also offers children something else they really need; a sense of community.
Teach Kindness By Example
We can allow our children to believe they live in a world where neighbors don’t care about each other in effect becoming the victim of their circumstance. Or, with our help, they can reach out with kindness by being the world-changing hero and in effect overcome this and many other false perceptions about the world we are living in. In the end, peace and new friends await. Often just one kind word away. Check out this list of some small but large random acts of kindness.
- Put change in a vending machine.
- Do a chore for someone else in the family without telling them.
- When going into the grocery store, return someone’s cart for them.
- Leave a bookmark with a note in a library book. (Here’s a link on how to Make Your Own Bookmarks).
- Decorate tissues and hand sanitizer and bring to a nurses station.
- Donate used books to the children’s hospital.
- Donate used toys and clothes to the needy.
Let’s see what we can do to improve our little corner of the world this week!
A Kindness Quote Worth Learning
]”Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”― Mahatma Gandhi
Read A Book About Kindness
Let’s talk about these resources I mentioned. Here is something really cool! This list contains book suggestions for every grade level!
Here is a fantastic list of 50 Ways to Be Kind
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Our Next Random Act of Kindness Project
We will be heading to the local library today with these bookmarks provided by The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation to stow away in books.
Discover and share great articles gathered by RAK Foundation like this one!
See our collection of fun kindness ideas, inspirational stories & quotes, FREE K-8 lesson plans and more. Let’s make kindness the norm.
Kindness Tools For Educators
For educators, The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation offers resources and curriculum you can bring into your classroom. I have personally used the writing prompts, project ideas, and their Educator’s Guide. Check out these and more here.
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OK, hopefully, you are all set to get out there and spread some kindness! We wish you the very best! Be sure to visit RAK’s website and take advantage of all the amazing materials they have to assist you on your kindness journey. And then, please feel free to share your thoughts or adventures below in the comments! We love to hear from you!
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