This week in February marks Kindness Week (and, let’s face it, we can all use a little more kindness right now, amIrightoramIright).
Kindness is important to talk about with your homeschooled kids. In this day and age of instant online feedback and nonstop bullying, it doesn’t hurt to spend some time on these topics during your lessons. And, what better way to start than with Kindness Week?
We’ve put together an awesomely fun list of things you can do with your homeschoolers to celebrate kindness!
Homeschooling Projects on Kindness
1. Create a Kindness Jar
Create a kindness jar together by discussing different things that your family can do for others. Then, use the kindness jar throughout the month to perform small acts of kindness. Each person can draw an act of kindness out of the jar for the week or month, and then work on it.
2. Fill an “Amazing Box”
Think someone is amazing? (Or, several someones) Print out this pillow box template, assemble it, and then fill it with small treats or trinkets and deliver it to a friend, mentor, or family member. Don’t forget to have the kids write a note about why they think the person is amazing. If you want to do a kindness project on a larger scale, make them to deliver to shelter kids or a nursing home.
3. Make a Kindness Chain
You know those old-fashioned paper chains? Elevate those babies into an ongoing kindness project! Each time you or the kids witness (or do) a kindness, write it on a slip of paper and add it to the paper chain. At the end of the school year, you’ll have a document of all the cool things that you did for others (or that were done for you)!
4. Color Me Kind
Download this awesome kindness coloring page and then let the kids get creative. While coloring, discuss the topic of kindness.
5. Hand Out Compliment Cards
Print out these free compliment cards and then have fun decorating them. After, let your kids hand them out to neighbors, friends, family members and other homeschoolers.
6. Decorate Kindness Stones
Grab some stones from outside (or get them here) and paints or markers. Decorate the stones and then write kind words on each one — like happy, smile, peace, love, dance, you matter, live/life/love, pay it forward, etc. The kids can then leave them in surprise places, like on the playground, in the park, on the hiking trail, and more. Just think about the smile they will cause when people find this little surprise!
7. Make a Kindness Flower
Using the flower idea found here, make a kindness hand flower. After placing the handprint on the paper, let it dry and then write “Kindness” on the palm. In each flower, write ways to be kind.
8. Incorporate Kindness Into Your Studies
Grab these free kindness lesson plans for your studies:
Volunteering and community involvement is an important part of homeschooling. Giving back to your community or to a cause teaches kids how to get involved and also can give them a new perspective about others. (Not to mention, it looks great on college applications!) But, volunteering just seems like such a … commitment, right? It doesn’t have to be! You can find one-time (or even once per month, etc.) causes to get involved in by checking out VolunteerMatch.org. Helping others, after all, is the ultimate kindness!
10. Read About Kindness
Read books about kindness and then spend some time discussing the message from each book.
Need some inspiration? Check these out:
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