Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Teaching Generosity to Children



Each month at Pre-K Isabelle works towards earning a badge that goes on her backpack. So far they have had: I am a Friend, I am Kind, and I am Thankful. This month they are working towards I am Generous and had specific instructions on how to earn it. Each child has to do something around the house to earn money. They then need to take that money and purchase hats and/or mittens for children in need.

Isabelle was excited about the idea of earning money so she would volunteer to do things whenever she saw the opportunity. One day she even went to the curb and grabbed the recycling bins (one of my least favorite chores – score!). She also helped do prep work for a gathering of friends that I had coming over in addition to picking up toys, etc. So after her hard work, she had earned enough money that we headed to the store for her to pick out some hats and gloves. She loved picking out the items and then proudly paid the cashier with her own money. 

I thought it was such a great way to get the kids involved with the spirit of giving. She worked hard at home to earn the money and then was excited to use it to buy for someone less fortunate. She’ll be heading to school today with her hats and gloves to hang on the “Giving Tree” that they have set up in the classroom. I’m so glad that Isabelle’s school focuses on not just academic teaching but also teaching them how to be good and caring people. It’s such an important lesson!  


7 comments:

  1. That's a wonderful idea! I've been struggling with this issue too, so my son and I took the name of a child from the Cradles 2 Crayons tree at Patriot Place - a boy my son's age who needed clothes. He helped me pick out a few outfits and we're going back this weekend to drop them off. I'm hoping he "got" why we were doing this.

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    1. I love that they have those trees at Patriot Place. Although I always wonder, do they take in all those paper tags if it rains? Do they get all wet? These are the things that keep me up at night...

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  2. I love this idea. I might try it with my own son.

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    1. Hopefully he'll enjoy it like Isabelle and give you some help around the house!

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  3. That's really great!! It's so important to start young when teaching the joys of giving!! (NOT always an easy lesson for any of us but SO important!) Way to go, Belle!!

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    1. Definitely best to start early. We have to train 'em young to beat out all the selfish people out there!

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  4. We've been working on that here too. Jackson is only 3, but he has everything he could want and I want him to learn that not all children are so lucky. We have a doctor's office that has been organizing Santa letters for about 15 years now. Needy families write a letter to Santa and then individuals, families and businesses adopt the families. The staff at my school always takes a family (not from our town) and each person buys a few things from their list. This year we, as a family, also took a letter from a 6 month old boy. Plus a foster kid from the tree at church (and then 6 more who just wanted gift cards). Jackson went shopping with me and picked stuff out for each kid and then helped me wrap. I told him several times it was for kids who have families that can't buy them all the things they need. His take-away was their families couldn't "afford Santa". He also took 5 boxes of Kraft dinner to school for Project Feed the Thousands.

    I think next year I will find a way for him to earn money so we can go shopping with "his" money.

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