My wonderful co-teacher, Heidi, worked with the children to make “Love Bugs” and deliver them all over town. Children loved spreading kindness and love for Valentine’s Day. Here is what we wrote to families, along with photos. Look at those smiles!
Over the last few weeks (with Valentine’s Day close by) we have been focusing on kindness and diving deeper into the concept. We asked the children, what does it mean, who deserves it, how can we show it, and what can we do? The children had so many wonderful and insightful ideas from helping teachers and friends, to rescuing people and kitties. We also listened to a Laurie Berkner song, “Superhero,” to help us understand that our kindness can make us superheroes too!
To continue, we made special “love bugs” and cards for many different people. Once the surprises were complete, children were excited to share them, especially with those they delivered themselves (such as to Linda, Lisa, Terri, Bonnie and other classrooms). They smiled and showed a sense of pride as the reaction they received was joy and delight. In seeing this and even feeling it, they wanted to do it again and again. With the help of teachers, some of our “love bugs” were delivered to different places within the community. Children were thrilled to hear about the prospect of making more people grateful.
All of these simple small acts of kindness, bring smiles and warm feelings of happiness to one another, which in turn gives children a greater sense of belonging and improves their self-esteem. Or in the words of Patty O’Grady (an expert in neuroscience, emotional learning, and positive psychology), “Kindness changes the brain by the experience of kindness. Children and adolescents do not learn kindness by only thinking about it and talking about it. Kindness is best learned by feeling it so that they can reproduce it.” Therefore, please look below and show your child what their small kind gestures did for others in our community (and if you are able to, maybe they will see one around town)! ♥️
Jennie, Heidi, Patty, and Sue
Happy Valentine’s Day!