Berkeley Heights, N.J.
One small, thoughtful gesture can make someone else's day. How do you teach a child to give of oneself?
Learning to be givers shapes children's values and provides opportunities to develop kindness, a virtue that improves lives and reduces violence and bullying.
Teaching empathy, our ability to recognize and respond to the needs and suffering of others, is a hard thing to do because it is not concrete.
At Westminster Nursery School, we developed a Wall of Kindness. When the children do a kind and caring gesture, their teacher, or the children themselves, fills out a heart with their kind gesture and we put it on the wall.