Experimenting With Kindness
Science activities to help children build kindness and empathy.
As children explore using the scientific method of observing, questioning, and investigating to find answers, they’ll be practicing problem-solving skills they’ll use at school as they have new experiences, meet new people, and learn new things.
Kindness and empathy are important to solving problems between friends and working as a member of the classroom community—and both can be learned through science!
- Talk about recycling and ask children how they think it helps the planet. Say, “Recycling turns the things we throw away into new things, so there isn’t as much garbage.” You can make recycling bins by decorating cardboard boxes.
- Caring for plants is a great way to practice caring for other living things. Plant a seed together, water it, and watch it grow.
- Work together to build a family, school, or community garden. You can even plant a little bit more than you need and donate it to people in the community. Giving back and working together are skills that help children thrive in school and in life.
Just for Teachers: The Magic of Circle Time
Learning is all about relationships!
My Classroom Circle
Children can create their own unique circle canvas to share their favorite things with their classroom community... and see what they may have in common.
When children feel welcome and included, school can feel like a learning party that they’re invited to each and every day!
C is for...
Classroom communities care, collaborate, show compassion… and celebrate!
Sing-Along: Learning Party
Every day can be a celebration of learning. Keep the music going!
Back to School
A video that explores ways parents can build bridges of communication between the home and the classroom.
Cookie Monster at Circle Time
A storybook about circle time, classroom community, caring friends, and... COOKIES!