Explore the Elements of Kindness

Kindness is a skill, writes David Brooks in a recent article in The New York Times, one that affects nearly all aspects of life. How are we as Jewish educators teaching this skill to our students? 

Introducing the concept of kindness, or chesed, to your young students may seem simple: Take turns. Play nice. Tell the truth. Apologize. With online resources such as Pinterest, there are countless activities to help students consider the idea of kindness and practice that with their peers. Yet we know that kindness lies at the core of Jewish values, and requires us to make conscious choices about our actions. How do we help our students dig deeper? 

Instead of tackling the concept as one subject, Let’s Discover Kindness, explores it in eight folders for grades 1-2. The program uses a variety of modalities, such as movement, mindfulness, art, and role playing, to help young learners understand and apply these ideas to their lives. Topics include:

  • • Empathy
  • • Kindness to Yourself
  • • Gratitude
  • • Respect
  • • Acceptance
  • • Forgiveness
  • • A Kinder World

Click the images below to download sample spreads from this series. You can learn more by visiting the product page here. Educators, log in when placing an order and you will receive 5% off all Judaica and teacher resources.

For more kindness resources, visit our Growing Kindness Pinterest board.


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