kindness quilt

As part of Black History Month and our school character education initiative “HEROES”, we have been talking about what it means to be empathetic.  We compared our likes, our dislikes, our favourite games and toys, the clothes we wear, the languages we speak and the colour of our skin. We imagined what it would be like not to be able to “join in” just because someone thought we were “different.”  I read “Martin’s Big Words” by Doreen Rappaport and we talked about how Martin Luther King showed empathy for others and wanted others to show empathy for each other.  We brainstormed “big words” of our own to describe what heroes do:  heroes share; heroes are kind; heroes are empathetic.  We also read “The Kindness Quilt” by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace and pulled ideas from both stories to create our own quilt.  The children punched holes to make a border, chose material to weave through the holes, and drew a picture of kindness or empathy, or other qualities of good citizens.  They loved bringing their pieces together to make their very own “kindness quilt.”  

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