Virtues

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These printable pages were created to encourage children to collect acts of kindness by observing what happens around them. This could be done as a school project, a family project, or just as a personal project to see how kindness can show itself in many forms.

 

The BEE KIND version was created for those using our BEE KIND book so they can extend the conversations beyond the book.

Suggestions:
- Use in classrooms or at home to stimulate conversations about kindness.
- Discuss the many different forms of expressing kindness.
- Write down or draw what you see.
- Use one to collect acts of kindness performed at school or at home.

Talk about what kindness is and come up with a definition together. Discuss how kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.

Suggestions:
- Use in classrooms or at home to stimulate conversations about kindness.
- Share ideas of what kind acts you can do to help your family, classmates or community.
- Focus on acts of kindness that do not include gift-giving.
- Use as needed.

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Cut and assemble using a brass fastener in the middle to connect the two layers together. Color the hands and add examples of how each virtue is connected to sharing.
Blank one available for your own use.

Suggestions:
- Use in classrooms or at home to stimulate conversations around sharing.
- Share ideas of how sharing can be used to portray each of these virtues.
- Keep as a visual reminder.
- Make your own version with your own examples.

Kindness week,
kindness month,
daily acts of kindness...
you decide!

Let’s start the school year with kindness by starting new habits in schools and in our families.

Suggestions:
- Use in classrooms or at home to stimulate conversations about kindness.
- Share ideas of what kind acts you can do to help your family, classmates or community.
- Start a kindness week in your school.
- Use the secret notes to make someone happy.
- Challenge your student to the kindness challenge.
- Have each participant sum up their service and do a draw for a small prize at the end of kindness week.
- Use as needed.

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A simple exercise to help facilitate discussions around peacefulness and our personal choices in bringing about change in our lives and our environment.

Suggestions:
- Use in classrooms or at home to stimulate conversations and to help us reflect on our part in the bigger picture.
- Use to stimulate conversations around our roles and responsibilities.
- Use as needed.

A simple way for children to visualize the concept of trust.
A way to explore how each action has consequences. Can be used in the classroom, as part of therapy, or in a family setting.

Suggestions:
- At the beginning of the school year, introduce the concept of the bridge in the classroom and find examples with your students to show how every action can either help build or damage the bridge.
- Use with children who often push the boundaries and be specific with the examples of what they have done. Ask them in which category these actions go.
- Use to talk about trust in general.

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An exercise in intentional living. What are the virtues you wish to have in your home? Make a list of virtues and inspirational words and as a family (or each child on their own) build, decorate, and color your home and what it stands for

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I think of service as planting seeds into our own hearts.
This little box becomes a reminder that simple service projects can be done by all.

Suggestions:
- Color, cut and assemble, sit together and share the impact of service.
- Fill it up with ideas that can be done individually or as a group.
- Pick a card every week and do a service project.
- Give as a gift with services you are willing to do for your family, school or community.
- Talk about how each act of service is like planting a seed for a future act of service and discuss the idea of passing on kindness and other virtues.

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Our bigger self is the more evolved version of our self. It is the form that has already mastered all the qualities and virtues we are aiming to acquire. It is the person we aspire to become. When we take a step back and filter our actions through this perspective, we always come out with answers that are generated from a higher self. 

Suggestions:
- Write the qualities of your bigger self and leave them us as a visual reminder.
- When a child has a hard time knowing what to do, bring up the activity so that they can learn to step back and reflect on what their bigger self would do.
- Keep the leaves as reminders.

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A series of cards to encourage children when they show different virtues.

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Courage is choosing to act with our higher self in mind. When children stand up for what matters to them, when they tell the truth and speak up for their beliefs, they are being courageous. Encourage them with these courage badges.

Suggestions:
- Print on card stock and keep handy so you can catch your child when they are showing courage and give instant encouragement. If possible, add a little pin so they can be pinned on.
- Use together as discussion starters.
- Make your own to acknowledge special efforts. 

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