Friday, December 16, 2011

Delightful December Day 9! The Kindness Tree...

Wow, where has this month gone? We are over halfway through December and I feel as though it has just begun! The Holiday Season is a time where we share our love with others more than any other time of year. I would like to say that we do this year round and should always be mindful of others, but of course it always gets pushed by the wayside. We are hoping to change that and make ourselves more charitable throughout the year. 

I figured a good way of doing this, is by letting the children recognize when another child is being kind or charitable towards one of them or another person. We created our kindness tree. I gave them a large green poster board and colorful card stock and had them cut out a Christmas Tree, Star & Ornaments. It may not be perfect, but I am proud nonetheless that they were able to work together to create something so meaningful.

The idea is that for every good deed or charitable act that a child does or is seen doing they can write it on a piece of paper and stick it on to one of the ornaments. 
With each passing week we will count up and read the good deeds to see who has made the biggest impact and that child will get to pick one of the 'present' stickers on the stump of the tree. Each present has a number on it and that number coincides to an activity or special time with a parent that they get to enjoy. We hope this helps the children become more aware of the impact that their actions have on people around them.

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