Warm-Hearted Walrus is just one of the Characters of Character teaching our children vital core values. October is National Bully Prevention Month, therefore, our character Warm-Hearted Walrus would like to add value to the month in hopes that children will understand the harm done in bullying. While I taught preschool, I found it very helpful to do the following in the classroom. And, it wasn't a matter of 'if' but, 'when' for the most part, that a child was being bullied. I took the two or three children aside from the group setting and talked with them. It usually involved another student and their feelings being hurt. I asked child 'a' how they would feel if they were not included in the activity, as well as child 'b'. This truly made them think about how it feels to be left out. When a child can feel and internalize this trait, they become much more aware of it and are more apt to not be a bully, and when they are in a situation with another child being bullied, perhaps they can intervene with some of the lessons they have learned and become a role model to what it means to be kind and not bully.
When a child knows how it feels to be treated with kindness, they are more likely to be kind in return. When a child knows how it feels to be bullied, they may in turn become a bully.
We hope you talk with your child about being warm-hearted. Below are some simple ideas to help reinforce and teach kindness and not to bully:
1. To be kind in the home
2. To be kind in the classroom
3. To ask parent(s) how they can be helpful
4. To write a thank you note to someone they love
5. To pick up trash in the community
6. To tell a member of the community that they are appreciated for their hard work
7. To do volunteer work
8. To be forgiving and apologetic if they have used hurtful words
9. To know how it feels to have hurt feelings so that they in turn will not use hurtful words or ways
10. To see their family being kind and not bullying one another
Above, the girls were blowing their teacher, Ms. Jaimie a kiss as an act of kindness!
Using visuals is empowering, I know it's how I myself learn best, to be involved or to see visuals. Who wants to be preached to? After discussing what kindness looks like, sounds like and feels like, I asked each child to share an act of kindness that they do at home or at school. Then, we put their hand prints on banner paper and displayed it in our class. This shared a sense of pride as the children enjoyed seeing their name and prints on the banner and reminded them to be kind, and, not to be a bully. You can take it a step further and when you see or hear a child being kind, let them put a star on their hand print.
These are videos on our website under Character Corner to help you to reinforce, teach, engage and empower children in being kind. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Chanel for more activities.
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