For the month of February, our counseling theme was kindness. We focused on how we can use kind words and do kind acts in school and out in the community. For all grades, we used different books to present/discuss the topic. The books we used were:
This book talks about a boy who writes two unkind valentine's to students who were previously mean to him. Students discussed the importance of writing kind messages and using kind words on a holiday that celebrates caring about one another. We also discussed the importance of not seeking revenge and using kindness and respect to cope with situations from the past where someone has not treated us kindly.
The other book we used was:
In this story, a new student arrives at school and she attempts to make friendships and connections by being kind and asking other kids to play. In the story, no one reaches out to the new student and she ends up moving away. Students discussed and learned about the importance of simple acts of kindness such as saying hello and smiling and how they can make a huge difference in someone's life.
To close up the lesson, we created a heart of kind acts to be posted in each classroom. Students gave examples of kind words and actions they can take in their classroom or community to make the world a better place. I wrote these ideas down on a heart and laminated one for each classroom. They are posted in a prominent spot to remind all students about the kind acts they can engage in every day.