- Using manners
- Making eye contact
- Respecting personal space
- Following instructions
Even though Kindness is not specifically listed here, it does interlink very closely with all of the above social skills. For the purpose of this article, I have chosen to share how we used the concept of Kindness in one of our Shine Circle lessons here at Shelanti.
Expanding on a previous Empathy lesson, we discussed the concept of kindness and its value within our school specifically. Each child was asked to think of a friend they really like to spend time with and then list or draw a few things that they think makes this friend a kind person. This was the easier part and the children were able to think of various situations where their friend displayed kindness toward them. I then asked each child to list or draw why they think THEY are a kind friend to others… this got them thinking a bit more. In the end, we discussed especially how showing kindness will result in receiving kindness.
We then ended our lesson with another clip from Sesame Street – This time Elmo helped us understand kindness a bit better!
- It leads to more happier children
- Less bullying
- Better stronger friendships
- Higher Self-esteem
- Increases children’s understanding of Empathy toward others
- Increases a more positive school environment
- Results in children with a better understanding of Social Emotional awareness
- Model it! “Receiving” kindness will evoke a feeling of wanting to reciprocate it to others.
- Verbalise emotions and discuss with your child how their chosen behaviour will make others feel. Never accept rudeness when your child is angry. Rather discuss alternatives with them.
- Teach your child about the joy of kindness – arrange activities as a family where you can all show kindness to other loved ones or even to the greater community.