40 Ways of how to teach kindness to children to help get ready for Back to School - by Kids Yoga Stories

Back to School: Acts of Kindness

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“When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV

The most memorable students in my primary school classes were kind. They spoke kind words and behaved kindly toward others. Kindness is a quality that teachers savor. Imagine a class where children get along, respect each other, and happily follow class routines. Then the teacher can dedicate more time to developing their skills, instilling a love of learning, and teaching new concepts.

Now, as a mother, I have been thinking of ways to teach kindness to my daughter so that she can go to school in September as a respectful and kind class member. I’m not worried about her academics, but I do hope that she can begin to see herself as a part of a class community, develop positive social skills, and gain a healthy sense of self.

Forty ways that you can support your child to be kind to themselves, others, animals, and the environment:

Acts of Kindness to Yourself

  1. Eat healthy, whole foods with your child.
  2. Drink lots of water. Carry re-fillable water bottles everywhere you go.
  3. Make a practice of sitting quietly once a day and taking a few deep breaths. Make sleep a priority.
  4. Read books on self-esteem, love, and happiness.
  5. Make a poster with reminders of ways to be kind to yourself.
  6. Model an active lifestyle by exercising with your child.
  7. Balance your days with active experiences and downtime.
  8. Give your child plenty of time to explore and discover his or her own interests.
  9. Teach your child to manage destructive feelings by stopping, taking a deep breath, and counting to five.
  10. Help your child to identify his or her feelings and help to build self-confidence.

Links above thanks to Smart Tinker and Washington Post.

Acts of Kindness: 10 Ways to Teach Children to be Kind to Themselves - Kids Yoga Stories

Acts of Kindness to Others

  1. Model daily kind and respectful behavior by showing up on time for commitments, helping a neighbor with yard work, or opening the door for others.
  2. Encourage kind behavior at school by talking to your children about being kind to a new child in class or sharing their things with another child.
  3. Make a gift and give to a community worker who helps your family, like the mail carrier, nurse, shop owner, or fire fighter.
  4. Do a service project with your child, like serving food at your local community organization, organizing food cans at a food drive, or collecting toys for kids at Christmas.
  5. Make a video showing different ways that we can be kind to each other.
  6. Give your children space to discover the joy of being kind. Let them experience the positive response from a stranger when they do something kind.
  7. Take time to clean up the space around you. Put away the books in the library, take a few shopping carts back to the grocery store, or pick up garbage at the park.
  8. Make a Kindness Jar by placing a kindness jewel into the jar every time that someone says a kind word.
  9. Find a pen pal in a different country.
  10. Create Kindness Coupons they can share with their friends.
  11. Read children’s books that teach acceptance and compassion. Talk about ways that the moral of the stories can apply to their lives.
  12. Talk about and encourage words and phrases that are kind to say to others.
  13. Make a Hug Jar and have your children give you a heart from the jar to signal that they need a hug.
  14. Write uplifting messaging on rocks and leave them outside for others to see.
  15. Gather up toys and books to give to another child to enjoy.
  16. Pick a random act of kindness to do with your family every month.
  17. Do as many giving projects as you can for $20, like donating clothing, baking cookies, or writing thank you cards.
  18. Send thank you notes every week.
  19. Praise out-of-the-ordinary kind behavior.
  20. Have dinner together as a family and express gratitude and kindness to each other.

Links above thanks to Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails, Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes, Carrots are Orange, JDaniel4’s Mom, Real Life at Home, Playtivities, Homegrown Friends, Imagination Soup, Me Plus 3 Today, B Photo Art, All Done Monkey, and Kids Activities Blog.

Acts of Kindness:  20 ways to teach children how to be kind to others - by Kids Yoga Stories


Acts of Kindness to Animals and the Environment

  1. Read books that celebrate the earth.
  2. Shop at farmer’s markets and make a conscious decision to eat locally.
  3. Reduce your use of plastic.
  4. Join your classroom teacher in creating service projects, like setting up a recycling system, planting a garden, or sponsoring an animal at the zoo.
  5. Choose to eat a vegetarian diet.
  6. Grow a garden or plant a tree.
  7. Let your children see your enthusiasm for being and working in the outdoors.
  8. Organize a local park or beach garbage pickup.
  9. Save water in your home and garden.
  10. Sponsor an organization that rescues or cares for your child’s favorite animal.

Links above thanks to Allernative Learning, Mud Hut Mama, Moments a Day, Mommy Loves Trees, and Playdough to Plato.

Acts of Kindness: 10 ways to teach children how to be kind to animals and environment - by Kids Yoga Stories

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24 Responses to Back to School: Acts of Kindness

  1. Megan Sweet August 7, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

    I love getting back into a schedule- I feel like summer is so chaotic because the lack of strict schedule. I do love the extra time with the kiddo though!

  2. Tiffany DeOs August 7, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

    We love back to school at our house. We homeschool so it means a normal schedule again.

    • Kids Yoga Stories LLC August 7, 2014 at 3:38 pm #

      Totally agree, Tiffany. When do you officially start your homeschool program again?

  3. Amy H. August 7, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

    My daughter will be going to kindergarten this month. She’s so excited, and I’m freaking out… We’re going to pick out her backpack this week!

  4. Kids Yoga Stories LLC August 7, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

    So true, Amy. Kindergarten is hard for kids AND parents. I experienced that as a Kindergarten teacher too! Your feelings are totally valid. Hang in there.

  5. Britney August 7, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

    We will be starting homeschool with our kindergartener this year! So exciting!

    • Kids Yoga Stories LLC August 11, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

      Yay, very exciting Britney!

    • Kids Yoga Stories LLC August 11, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

      Thank you for all of your fabulous comments on integrating yoga in your classroom, managing the stresses of back to school, and ways to teach kindness. I appreciate your thoughts! Giselle

  6. Jean Kammer August 7, 2014 at 4:15 pm #

    I love the kindness rocks idea. We are almost done with summer programs but I may try to add it as a special. I am planning on using Yoga Stories this fall with our preschool program.

  7. Angela @ OMazing Kids August 7, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

    I love back to school with the fresh new school supplies, the excitement to learn new things and make new friends, & the cooler weather of Fall 🙂

  8. Naomi August 7, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

    My son likes to show others what he is doing and teach them what he is learning so we are looking forward to this school year. Thank you for the information that you give us.

  9. Kelly August 7, 2014 at 7:23 pm #

    Back to school is stressful! Wish summer could go on a few more months at least.

  10. Jennifer Singleton August 7, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

    I also love the kindness rocks idea! We are starting school next week and my girls are so very excited. They have even put themselves on their own schedule to get ready for school. Going to bed early and getting up earlier. They have been sharing books with each other and love to stretch before bed.

  11. Yogini August 8, 2014 at 10:46 am #

    I love back to school time. The kids are filled with excitement and joy. Thank you for the ideas of cultivating kindness in our children.

  12. Selena August 8, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

    I think that writing letters is a great way to show kindness. Especially because letter writing now seems so archaic. Even a simple three sentences that are heart felt can really make another person feel truly appreciated and loved.

  13. Shannon F August 10, 2014 at 5:49 am #

    I love Back To School time… probably because of the shopping it involves! lol This is our first year one of our kids will be going to school (usually its just my husband going to college). Its completely nerve wracking and I have mixed feelings. lol

  14. Cathy August 11, 2014 at 2:28 am #

    I would love to do more yoga in my classroom!

  15. Penny August 12, 2014 at 4:25 pm #

    I’m so excited for back to school just for all the new learning that is going to happen this year. We are learning to read!

  16. Jill August 17, 2014 at 3:20 am #

    I love the idea of incorporating yoga in the classroom. I bet it would help everyone to focus.

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  17. amanda whitley August 22, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

    i love and hate back to school time. i love shopping for back to school but i hate knowing my kids will be gone for part of the day now:/

  18. Erin August 28, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    These are really great ideas!


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