It's never too early to teach kindness and empathy. According to several studies, the earlier children are taught to be kind to others the better off they will be in the long run. A recent article Why We Should Teach Empathy to Preschoolers, explains that children exposed to empathy earlier in life have greater and longer-lasting emotional benefits than those exposed to it later, or not at all. The article suggests that children who are taught social and emotional skills (as opposed to purely cognitive skills) in preschool and kindergarten have better social skills and fewer behavior problems in both kindergarten and first grade, compared with kids who don’t experience a holistic classroom setting.
We agree! The 21 Day Kindness Challenge has developed a wonderful set of tools to help early education teachers teach their students how to be kind and to have empathy. Our program, the 21 Day Kindness Challenge: Classroom Edition is perfect for preschools, K-6 classrooms, youth groups, and other small learning environments. The program is full of 21 days of kindness activities, lesson plans, and projects to encourage kindness. Our themes focus on kindness, compassion, gratitude, and caring. The program is designed for K-6 but can easily be modified for early childhood development classes.
Teaching children to be kind doesn’t just make help them emotionally and socially, it also helps them become more successful later on. A recent study from Duke and Penn State found that students who were able to share and help others in kindergarten were more likely to graduate from high school and have full time jobs. Empathetic people are also more likely to help those they don’t even know – to pay it forward.
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Kindness really does make a difference in our world. The 21 Day Kindness Challenge team is proud of this teen who is reaching out and doing what he can to spread kindness in his community. With a simple yet very helpful act of kindness, this teen made a difference for his neighbor. Thank you, Brett, for reminding us how easy it is to be kind!
We encourage you to share Brett's story with your students, and see what kind acts you can inspire in them!
Do you want to give ideas to your students on how to spread kindness in their neighborhoods, too?
Here are 5 easy ways to say thank you or just let people know that you care.
Do you have some other ways that you or your students spread kindness in your community? We want to hear from you! Share them with us by commenting on this blog post or by sharing on our social media channels Facebook and Twitter.
We have five book picks for the month of August!! We know school is about to get real for you all and so we wanted to equip you with some books that will surely aid you with your goals of creating a kinder, more inclusive campus.
We’ve chosen books for all grade levels from pre-k to high school. These books will allow you to open the dialogue about kindness. Please let us know what your students thought of these books. Happy Reading!
Kindness and compassion are built into who we are; it is a part of our human nature according to Dacher Keltner, psychology professor at UC Berkeley. Keltner’s research shows humans are wired to be kind and compassionate. Watch this TedTalk to find out more about Kelther’s research findings.
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Hello. I am the founder of the 21 Day Kindness Challenge Program.