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Kindness is Contagious

 

 

 

 

At CritterKin we work with educators and parents to help kids experience and practice kindness. We do this through story and by using creative activities that give them the chance to put their new found kindness skills to work.  It’s not only empowering, entertaining and educational, but downright contagious as well! And you don’t have to be a kid to have a good time thinking, talking about and being creatively kind.

Today we had the chance to put our theory to the test with the group of parents and teachers who gathered at the Sarpy County Museum in Bellevue, Nebraska to get a taste of what the 43 third graders in the summer reading program experienced. As many of you know, the students spent those three weeks reading, writing, drawing and sewing about kindness. Their creativity left the CritterKin team and their teachers breathless and resulted in four (yes FOUR) quilts centered around the theme of kindness. If you haven’t had a chance to see and experience what the kids created, treat yourself by following the links below:

Pinteresthttp://www.pinterest.com/critterkin/quilting-for-kindness/

Bloghttp://critterkin.com/2014/07/critters-kids-and-kindness-in-nebraska/

Today’s event invited adults to experience some of the exercises the students took part in. We introduced the concept of kindness, read from the book Lead with Your Heart (the story of a misunderstood pit bull whose life is changed by kindness), and then walked them through a “CritterKin Kindness” exercise.  This particular exercise is one of our favorites. We hand out  a template for a quilt square that has a heart in the center and four hearts on the side, then ask everyone to think of kind words.  Using Crayolas, we each fill our hearts with the words as they are identified. Each person is free to place the words anywhere in the heart using any colors they like. Next, they choose the four words that appeal to them most and put one in each of the outer hearts. Finally, they wrote a brief sentence or two about kindness using those four words beneath their drawings.

Watching and hearing the adults as they brainstormed words, colored their hearts and wrote their sentences was inspirational and eye opening. No one was self conscious. Everyone had fun, and just like the kids they produced really beautiful and completely unique pieces of art. We couldn’t be prouder of our adults, and we hope they will take what they experienced back to their families, friends and communities to celebrate and encourage others to be kind. As Scott Adams said:

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”

 Watch the Video of the Event as it Unfolded

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Click HERE to watch the video

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Posted by on Aug 3, 2014 | 0 comments

The Who, What, Where and How of Bringing Kindness to Your Classroom

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Read Ann Feldman’s Summary of the Program here: http://bit.ly/1kw0P12

Ann Feldman, an Instructional Technology Trainer for Bellevue Public Schools, has written an articulate and compelling summary of the activities, learning objectives addressed (Bellevue Public Schools Essential Objectives, which correlate to Nebraska State Standards) and the emotional skills the students learned and practiced during their three weeks with CritterKin. To quote Feldman, “Freedom in the creation process added student ownership and passion for the project. Teamwork and collaboration are essential… In sharing all of our strengths, students benefit and the process of teaching and learning is joyful.”

Celebrate with Us!

The CritterKin Kindness Quilts are part of an exhibition of 100 quilts at the Sarpy County Museum in Bellevue Nebraska. There will be a celebration of the project on August 9, 2014 at 11:00 am EST. The event will include a live reading from Lead with Your Heart by Jena Ball, a drawing exercise, and a chance for audience members meet the author and teachers involved in making the project happen.

If you cannot attend in person, you can join us via Google Hangouts:  https://plus.google.com/events/cah1vp5cnpjjsl68nvn0ipp5ro8

Questions?

JenaBall@CritterKIn.com
Phone: (919) 454-9917

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