Most people in a household have daily or weekly chores of which others are often quite unaware of. They just seem to happen and no-one really notices.

This act of kindness gets children to think about the tasks each person has and the impact it has on them and the family. The aim of doing a chore for each person during this week is to help kids appreciate how others contribute and the difference they make. It will also give the recipient of their kindness a little break from their usual routine and let them know they are efforts are noticed.

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Giving a compliment isn't always something that comes naturally. Learning the art can help kids to get outside of their own head to think about other people and their feelings. It helps them to reflect on positive attributes of people and makes recipients of their compliments feel worthy, valued and loved.

Writing compliments in a letter form gives someone a lovely keepsake and positive affirmations they can read over and over.

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It's been and continues to be a confronting time with COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter rallies. We've seen some appalling behavior but also some of the most beautiful acts of kindness as people come together to support one another.

In light of this difficult time, it's important that students are encouraged to participate in acts of kindness to help them understand that the positive things they do make a difference. 

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During this worrying time of COVID-19 with isolation and distance learning, some children are feeling scared and may even experience some anxiety. Being out of routine, unable to see their friends, and adapting to online learning can cause worry and overwhelming emotions for some. If, as a parent or teacher you are concerned about their emotional and mental wellbeing, consider the benefits of mindfulness and meditation as coping skills for kids with anxiety.  

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Free social emotional learning, kindness and mindfulness resources for distance learning

As everyone tries to come to grips with the reality that is COVID-19 or Coronavirus, we find ourselves in situations we have never experienced before. These are trying times where people fear for the safety of themselves and their loved ones. My hope is that we find a silver lining by coming together to support, share and care for one another. I truly believe we can find a new sense of community and belonging throughout this pandemic.

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The Happiest Birthday Ever Book Review and Video Reading

Book Title: The Happiest Birthday Ever

Author: Stephanie Berger

For Ages: 4-8

Themes: kindness, generosity, love, empathy, compassion, understanding, giving, character, community, emotions

Related learning areas: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), character education, emotional intelligence

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Free kindness ideas poster for home and school

If you enjoy the feel-good emotions produced by doing good then perhaps you're the kind of person who looks forward to the official days that celebrate kindness. Did you know there are 3 of them? 

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Whether you're looking to build character at home or in the classroom, recognised kindness days are a great time to start a kindness campaign.

Kindness is a good old-fashioned value that does a lot more than just build character. Did you know that it can also:

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Book Title:  Ella & Mrs Gooseberry – Discovering what love looks like

Author:  Vikki Conley

Illustrator:  Penelope Pratley

For Ages: 4-8

Themes: love, empathy, compassion, kindness, understanding, giving, character, community

Related learning areas: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), feelings awareness, character education

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There's nothing more heartwarming that good hearted kids who set examples of being kind. Our hope is that these examples of kindness from kids in different parts of the world can inspire your own children to step outside their comfort zone to make a difference. 

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The crumpled paper lesson is a very powerful bullying activity which we believe was originally used by a teacher in New York to show her students the lasting impact that anti-social and cruel behaviour can have.

We love this bullying lesson but adapted it to use in conjunction with our primary and elementary school curriculum during assemblies and in the classroom. We substituted a plain piece of paper for a red heart or cutout of a person (an activity in the curriculum for older students) to make it more relatable for kids.

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In May 2019, Australia’s first co-built educational and aged-care facility was opened in Morphett Vale, South Australia. The Montessori middle school has three classrooms to accommodate around 60 students on the grounds of Kalyra Woodcroft aged care facility in Adelaide.

When the school needed more space, the offer of sharing the grounds of the aged care home presented a wonderful opportunity to connect the young and old at another level. 

The experiment is a first in Australia but is already helping students and residents overcome ageism and build genuine connections. 

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