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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Caring; Character Education 1

Mother Theresa: We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.
Aesop: No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

To be a caring person means you are sensitive to peoples feelings.  Other characteristics are kindness, generosity, compassion and showing concern for others.  A caring person thinks about their actions and how they will affect others.  We become caring people by undertaking actions that show care.  Caring people can change the world, one person at a time.
Art Activity:
People who care have big hearts.  Cut out a big white heart for each child, (older children can cut their own).  Children write or dictate a sentence about someone they have been caring to, or someone who has shown care for them; older children can write a paragraph.  Write directly on the heart or on a piece of paper cut to fit the heart; glue it on.  (It is also nice to type out, especially if writing a paragraph).  Children can decorate the heart with crayons, colored pencils, and/or glue on smaller hearts.

Story Suggestions:
The Biggest and Brightest Light, by Marilyn Perlyn
This is based on a true story.  Amanda's teacher has a child in the hospital.  Amanda helped her teacher by raising money for the hospital bill.  Through her efforts, she found that helping someone else gave her the best feeling she has ever had.  It was better than eating a chocolate sundae, better than opening up all the presents at her birthday party...  The story is heartwarming and beautiful.  

Mr. Gillespie, by Angela Sturgill;   Chicken Soup for the Soul
Mr. Gillespie is a touching story about a young candy striper who cared.  Much of her time was spent with Mr. Gillespie, holding his hand and talking to him; Mr. Gillespie was in a coma.  Her act of caring for someone she did not know helped him to recover, at least Mr. Gillespie sees it that way.
(Story can be found at

More Activities:
1.Brainstorm what it means to be a caring person.

2. Write about the most caring thing anyone has ever done for you, and how it made you feel.  What effect did it have on you?  

3. Write about a time you were caring to someone.  A time you cared for a pet, helped your parent, sibling, or friend, showed care for the earth, volunteering you do, or hope to do in the future.

4. Imagine you have won a lot of money, and you would like to spend all of the money helping people.  Who would you help?  Brainstorm and then write a paragraph.

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