When I was doing online research yesterday afternoon, I was excited to find a wonderful project you can do with your students and/or family between Martin Luther King Day and Valentine’s Day. And it definitely isn’t too late to start.
100 Acts of Kindness Project
I found the 100 Acts of Kindness Project through Toddler Approved, although Toddler Approved credited Read Write Think for the idea. It’s an idea that could make a big difference in your students’ and/or children’s lives … and you can make your kindness project as simple or as elaborate as you choose.
If you want to participate in this year’s 100 Acts of Kindness Project through Toddler Approved, comment on the above blog post. Then you’ll need to record your students’ or family’s 100 Acts of Kindness, participate in a weekly kindness challenge through Toddler Approved, and have a kindness celebration on Valentine’s Day.
Here’s this week’s kindness challenge: Kindness Challenge # 1. The kindness-challenge post also shows a great way to record the 100 acts with preschoolers. Here’s another way to track the 100 acts: 100 Hearts. Read Write Think has a link to a printable 100 Acts of Kindness Chart, which you might want to use with older children (although it can be used with any age). Or you can develop your own system for recording your 100 acts.
Check out these links for more ideas:
K-12 Resources for Living the Dream: 100 Acts of Kindness from Read Write Think. Be sure to check out the gray tabs for resources for each grade level.
Acts of Kindness from Kid Activities
Educators – Lesson Plans from The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
To connect your 100 Acts of Kindness to Martin Luther Day, I have links to information, a video, and Martin Luther Day activities in the Living Montessori Now Blog Frog Community thread called Do you do an educational activity to celebrate Martin Luther King Day in your home or school?
Please join me!
Even though my husband and I live in Colorado Springs and our kids are adults living in San Diego, we’re used to doing homeschool projects together. We’ll just do a new, adult version of this wonderful project, one that works for our unique family. So I’m participating in the 100 Acts of Kindness Project with my kids and kids-in-love. We’ll use the printable chart from Read Write Think and talk about our acts of kindness over the phone or Skype. Feel free to find the best way to join in for your family!
To show that it really isn’t too late to start (and that you can adapt this project for any age), here’s a very touching and inspiring post from a blogger who involved her husband, three daughters, and husband’s parents (along with people around the world) in doing multiple acts of kindness in one day: How I Celebrated My Birthday (aka 38 Random Acts of Robyn) from Mix Mingle Glow.
If you decide to join the 100 Acts of Kindness Project, I have a new thread at the Living Montessori Now Blog Frog Community where you can share your ideas, posts, and activities. I’d love to hear about what you’re doing or planning to do (even if you’re saving it for next year)! Are you participating in the 100 Acts of Kindness Project with your students and/or family? (Note: my Blog Frog Community is now embedded as a page on my blog. You can visit any discussion in the Living Montessori Now Community forum easily just by clicking on the Community tab at the top of my blog!)
UPDATE: Random Acts of Kindness Week is February 14-20. Here’s an inspiring video about a 4-year-old Seattle Montessori student’s project during Random Acts of Kindness Week! Video: West Seattle Montessori student’s blanket drive gains fame
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