A bit over a month ago, we had a visit from the Kindness Elves. They were only here to drop something off and ask us for help. They said their job was to spread kindness throughout the world, but it was too big of a job for two little elves. They wondered if our class could help them spread kindness.
They brought us a "Kindness Jar" and another jar filled with warm fuzzies. Whenever someone is caught being kind, they get a warm fuzzy! Before they go home, they put the warm fuzzy into the Kindness Jar. When the Kindness Jar is "overflowing with kindness," they get to secretly spread the kindness to others in any way they choose.
Our class came up with a brilliant way to spread kindness in our school. When our jar is overflowing with kindness, they decided to bake cookies for another class and secretly leave the cookies in their room while they are gone. They want to be known as the Cookie Monsters. They love the idea that everyone will be wondering who these "Cookie Monsters" are and it being our little secret! We put all of the teacher's names in a jar and drew one. Mrs. Addington's class was drawn to get the cookies first.
The kids went through their day and every time I noticed a friend doing a kind act, I gave him/her a warm fuzzy. I kept them in my pocket. Some earned fuzzies because they were being kind by allowing the other kids focus on their writing, or because they were being kind by sitting quietly while I was teaching to allow the kids around them to listen without being distracted. Some helped others when they were hurt or when they noticed friends being upset. It was beautiful to watch the empathy and compassion for others that they were showing. Now they do it because they know its the right thing to do and not just to get the warm fuzzies!
It took almost a month for them to fill the Kindness Jar. Finally it was Baking Day! The kids got to practice measuring skills and life skills as they created the homemade cookie dough.
They made a note to leave with the cookies.
Our last step was to sneak the cookies and our note into Mrs. Addington's room when they were gone!
When we snuck back to our room, they were literally glowing with happiness! I have never seen smiles so big! We talked about how being kind to others makes you feel good too. They can't wait to spread kindness again. Who knows when the Cookie Monsters will strike next!
Mrs. Addington told me that right after the kids realized this was an act of kindness done by another class, THEY wanted to spread kindness too! Now the kindness will even spread further! It is amazing what one act of kindness can lead too!
The kids have also been working on syllables, letter/sound correspondence and sight words in our literacy area. They are also working hard on our first three reading strategies: 1) Look at the picture 2) Use your pointer finger and 3) Get your mouth ready for the first sound. In writing, some are working on labeling and some are working on writing sentences.
We are starting to think about adding more up to five.
We are also starting to create math stories. This will help with understanding what both addition and subtraction looks like.
We have also started our first inquiry and projects! I will let you know in my next post how it is going. Stay tuned!