Children role play acts of kindnesses and work together on a card of thanks or encouragement for someone they know.
Kentucky’s Early Childhood Standards Three and Four Year Olds
Social Studies Standard 1: Demonstrates basic understanding of the world in which he/she lives. Benchmark 1.6: knows that diversity exists in the world
For the following lesson, you will need:
Blue bulletin board paper
White cut-out fish shapes
Green paper strips for sea grass
Markers and materials to decorate fish
Poster board for making a card
Art materials to decorate the card
Vocabulary: kindness, sign language, diversity
Sing the song with Mr. Steve on the video.
Choose pairs of children to act out some of the following scenarios: hold the door open for someone, carry something for a friend, pick up something that has been dropped, help someone clean up a mess, set the table, and give someone a card.
Ask the other children to describe why the act is kind.
Create a collage or bulletin board with the title “Sea of Kindness,” using blue paper for the background and putting at least one strip of green paper “sea grass” per child on the board.
Give children a cutout fish and them to decorate it as they choose with different colors and patterns.
Ask children to take turns describing ways to show kindness. As each child participates, write his or her idea on a strip of sea grass. (Most likely, there will be repetition.) When the child is done, put his or her fish on the bulletin board.
As a class, plan a small act of kindness. Choose someone to encourage or thank with a card. Make a large card with poster board. Have children create pictures and think of original messages for the card in center time. This is a good time for children to practice writing their names on paper.
Modifications for Special Needs Use a pencil gripper or playdough shaped around a drawing or writing implement to help the child grasp it. Take dictation or use photographs for the card. It’s important to recognize the contributions of children of all abilities. Smiling is a way to show kindness.
During early childhood, although children are forming ideas about the world and their role in society, they can be very egocentric and focused on their own wants and needs. The work of Jean Piaget reminds us that egocentrism is tied to a child’s limited understanding of the world and difficulty imagining other perspectives.
However, children typically begin to develop empathy in preschool. This song describes how kindness and friendship make the world a better place and allows children to hear and see examples of kindness.
The song “Little Drops of Water” explains how something very small, a grain of sand or drop of water, can be part of something big like the ocean. Small acts of kindness and friendship become part of the world in the same way. They are small, but meaningful.
Mr. Steve includes appreciation for diversity of culture in language and communication. Saying “Hola” and signing the word friend express appreciation of other languages. The song enforces ideas of mutual respect and harmony essential to understanding and appreciating diversity.
Encourage children to sing the song while doing the motions with the video. After multiple viewings, children will be able to sing the song with the video and later without the video in circle time.