My students, kindergarten through fifth grade, come into my classroom every day excited to learn. I have students coming from various backgrounds, both culturally and economically. They all bring a uniqueness and personality to our school. We are a Title I school; over 95% of our students receive free or reduced-price lunch. With all the things going on in their life, these students really deserve to have school be a safe haven for them where learning is fun, engaging, and in an environment where they feel welcome.
A driving force in this project is the power of reading to transform how we see others. These thirty-three requested books will be used as examples to show students how to be kind, to connect, and to stand up for what is right. Building an understanding of what others are feeling, how their own actions can impact on others, and why someone might be experiencing feelings at a particular time is a valuable life skill for children to possess.
Kindness Is something students learn by feeling It.
Perhaps one of the simplest ways of all to help children develop a sense of empathy and kindness is by reading books together, my students will learn to associate feelings and actions with their favorite characters and stories. Stories let kids see the world through someone else’s eyes.
It is important to have conversations with my students about topics like empathy, compassion, kindness, and inclusion. The interesting thing about empathy, though, is that it’s not easy to teach. Yet there are some ways to instill and inspire it. One way is to read books that touch on the subject and can spark a conversation about what it means to be empathetic and compassionate.
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