Kindness in the Classroom

February 28, 2020

Kindness is a key ingredient that enhances positivity and helps children feel good about themselves. Children with a positive outlook have greater attention spans, more willingness to learn, and better creative thinking to improve results at school.

Why should we teach kindness in school?

Teachers have an awesome responsibility to mold the minds and hearts of our children. Cultivating kindness in the classroom improves school culture and supports learning, both academic and emotional. Teaching kindness in the classroom results in:

  • More positive attitudes towards others and themselves
  • More positive social behaviors and few behavioral problems
  • Better academic performance

The best way to promote kindness and caring behaviors in our classrooms is to model them. When we show our students what it looks like and sounds like to be kind, there is a far greater chance they will repeat those modeled behaviors. And it is important to remember that children watch their teachers all the time and listen to everything we say. Essential caring behaviors and kindness are more often “caught” than they are “taught” in the classroom.

Remember, “A little spark of kindness can put a colossal burst of sunshine into someone’s day!” (author unknown). Here at First Presbyterian Preschool we have fun spreading kindness and joy everyday. Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness and kindness to brotherly love.

On Saturday, March 7 the Preschool will be hosting its Annual Art Fair that also sponsors the Ryan Nyland Toy Drive. The toy drive is for the children at Lurie Children’s Hospital. This is just one example of the way we show the children the value of giving back to those that are in need of a show of love and kindness. If you are interested in donating to this wonderful cause, details about the Ryan Nyland Toy Drive and donations are on preschool.firstchurchlf.org/toy-drive. Please drop off new toys at First Pres on Saturday, March 7, 10:00 – 11:30 AM.

Blessings,

Suzie Brunner
Director of Preschool

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