As a teacher I am always trying to think of ways to teach children important life skills and expand their horizons. I love watching kids develop and be proud of their accomplishments.
This year in my class we have been spending time focusing on how we can give back to others. Encouraging kids to think beyond their own needs, and learning to be generous has been so much fun. Through this process I have seen some of my students realize they really do have something to share.
At the beginning of the year we spent a lot of time discussing how we can share and give back to others in our classroom. My preschoolers responded very well to this, so we decided to take the skills we were learning and reach out to some of the older kids in our school. We had a great time making friendship bracelets for Miss Leah’s 4th and 5th graders. The concept of giving back to others just continued to develop and expand when we were asked to participate in our schools coin drive. We were able to give back to kids globally by collecting coins to help kids with disabilities in the Philippines. My preschools were so proud to fill up their class jars with coins.
Our latest and most hands on project has been our class giving project. We had many discussions about how there are so many people in our area that don’t have enough money to buy their own food, and how us helping can make a huge impact. We spent a month collected non perishable food to deliver to Hopelink in Carnation. Last week we delivered 143lbs of food.
My preschool kids got to experience collecting, delivering, and sorting the food that we brought in. Through this experience I think my preschoolers really got to see how their contributions can make a real difference, and how their work is valued by others!