#SocialParenting: Teaching Children to Help Others
How do you teach children the importance of helping others? Modeling kindness, having discussions about valuing those around us, reading children’s books about friendship, and participating in hands-on learning experiences are all great ways to not only tell – but show – children how important it is to be a loving, caring person.
Fostering empathy in kids through purposeful learning activities happens all the time in Bright Horizons preschools and child care centers. Below are examples of two classroom projects that were recently featured on the Bright Horizons YouTube Channel.
Birthday Cheer: A Social Responsibility Activity
The children at Bright Horizons at Pembroke (Pembroke, MA) have been learning about social responsibility and what it means to give back to others. The children at the center recently participated in a Birthday Cheer Card activity, designed by the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, to deliver birthday cards to children in homeless shelters who may not get to celebrate. This project helps teach children kindness, empathy, gratitude, and community responsibility. The kids had a blast decorating the birthday cards and learned how wonderful it feels to do something nice for others.
Kindergarten Prep Quilt Painting Activity
Throughout the year, the children from the Kindergarten Prep classroom at Bright Horizons at Beverly Cummings Center (Beverly, MA) regularly visit an elder care facility that is located in the same office park as their child care center. The children have become friends with those in elder care and they enjoy spending time doing activities together. To show appreciation for their friends in elder care, the Kindergarten Prep class created a special gift – a quilt! During the quilt-making activity, each child painted an individual quilt square. All of the squares will be buttoned together to form a large, colorful quilt.
Raising Socially Responsible Children – Upcoming Parent Webinar
Join us on May 27 at 2:30 p.m. EST for our next parent webinar Growing Givers: Raising Socially Responsible Children. We’ll discuss how empathy develops as your child grows and provide meaningful activity ideas that families can do together to make a difference in their communities and in the world.
Editor’s Note: A recording of this live event is now available: WATCH NOW
- Parenting Webinar: Raising a Socially Responsible Child, Part 1 & Part 2 & Part 3
- E-family news: Raising Caring & Giving Children
- Bright Horizons on YouTube: Watch videos of Bright Horizons classroom activities, center events and more
- Read more posts about social responsibility from the Family Room bloggers