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Kindness in kindergarten (reblog of Life is baeutiful from kindness blog)

I really enjoyed this post! Even though spelling and grammar are big pet peeves of mine, I think it is important for children to learn to be themselves in writing and have confidence before spelling is important. As they become better readers, it will be something they notice on their own.

Do you remember the name of your kindergarten teacher? I do, mine. Her name was Mrs White. And I remember thinking she must be some older relation of Walt Disney’s Snow White, because she had the same bright blue eyes, short dark hair, red lips and fair skin. I don’t remember much about what we […]

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Keeping the kindness (48 out of 365) #blogaday

I discovered an activity on Pinterest that involves buckets for each student on the wall that they fill with kind comments every day, and really liked it! I think it is a really great idea to encourage student community and make everyone feel validated. I have thought about some ramifications that could come up though – some students might have tons of comments in their buckets, and others (who are more outsiders) have only a few or comments that aren’t very personal. One way that I have seen a teacher work with students on compliments is by explaining good compliments during morning meetings. She allows the students to start with more superficial compliments about someone’s outfits, personality, etc BUT the goal is to work up to “good” compliments. Good compliments involve actual events that happen with the person or something you noticed that you want to acknowledge. This process could also work with the buckets. I would want to create sample comments that we could analyze together as a class to help them know how to really make someone feel appreciated 🙂 kindness blog postTactile daily activities like this are very important to me. I want my classroom to feel like a family and the best way to make the students feel close to each other is through something like a compliment bucket – during afternoon meetings,  there would be time for students to share some of the things they wrote down to bring us closer together. There are always students who feel left out, but hopefully, if you work on building a community, everyone can be validated. I would be taking place in this activity as well so my students know that I appreciate them every day! kindness blog post2