I am inspired by this Colorado-based (soon worldwide) movement promoting kindness! For more inspiration and information, I encourage a visit. Here are some excerpts from their website:
Educational Program (more here)
Research shows that students who learn in a positive classroom environment have a better school experience. They enjoy higher test scores, learn new skills at a faster rate and are overall happier at school.
To help schools across the country build and sustain positive classroom environments, The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation developed a new series of lesson plans and activities to teach kindness in the classroom.
Micro-Introductions of the Lesson Plans (please visit site to see full intros and links to free lesson plans)
K-1st Grade: Good Manners (and later) Caring For Others
The objective of this lesson is for students to learn that having kind feelings toward others can help them do kind things. They will also learn that saying “please”, “thank you”, “you’re welcome” and “I’m sorry” is a good way to be kind. After the second lesson plan, kids will be able to identify ways they can be helpful, generous, and kind to others.
2nd Grade: Who Am I? (and later) Who Are We?
Students will be able to identify ways to act kindly to themselves and others, and to be grateful. This lesson plan should be done prior to the “Who Are We?” second grade lesson plan, at which time they will learn to describe how their kind actions affect others.
3rd Grade: Communicating With Empathy (and later) Complimenting Others
Students will be able to identify kind ways to communicate that show care, consideration, and empathy for others. And with the second lesson plan, the objective is for students to learn to identify their own (and others’) strengths and talents. They will learn how to compliment others on their strengths.
4th Grade: What Would You Do? (and later) What Is Your Opinion?
Students will be able to explain how individuals and groups respond to different events through kindness, and how being member of a community affects one’s response to an event. And later, students will be able to identify the difference between fact and opinion when choosing kindness; explore expressing opinion in kind ways; describe how people form kind ideas and beliefs; and describe how friends, family and communities influence our ideas and beliefs.
5th Grade: Media Influence (and later) How Do I Feel?
After completing this lesson plan, students will be able to identify ways that feelings and emotions are portrayed in the media and how media images can impact our understanding of what it means to be kind. And after the second plan, students will be able to examine how they feel in different situations, identify that they can choose how they feel, and realize that feeling good about themselves can help them show kindness toward others.
6th Grade: Being Kind To Ourselves (and) Responding With Kindness
The object of this first lesson plan is for students to be able to identify things they can say and do to be kind to themselves, which will help maintain mental and emotional health. The objective of the second lesson is for students to learn to recognize how their feelings influence their behavior. They will learn that responding appropriately to negative feelings can help them make positive choices.
7th Grade: Resolving Conflicts Peacefully (and) Understanding Others
Students will be able to show how using “I” messages and other effective communication skills can help solve problems and promote a culture of kindness. And after the second lesson plan about understanding others, students will be able to demonstrate that individuals belong to different groups and communities and that speaking and acting kindly shows respect toward others and results in a culture of kindness; explore how some events impact not only individuals, but also larger communities, cultures and nations. They will also explore how a kind contribution changes the world.
8th Grade: Choosing Kindness (and) Choosing What’s Right
The objective of this first lesson is for students to be able to recognize that we are faced with choices when bullying occurs. The choices we make during those circumstances affects the outcome of the bullying event. Students will explore what they can do in their school, community, country and the world to make a difference regarding the problem of bullying. After the second lesson about choosing what’s right, students will be able to analyze how avoiding negative peer pressure shows kindness toward themselves and can positively influence their mental health.
BOOK LIST: Click link for their recommended reading for children (of all ages) with themes of kindness. This 6-page PDF is well made and quick to load. Enjoy!