So, guess what we worked on today? Giving and Receiving Compliments!
I have to admit, I give out a lot of compliments, but when it came time to put together this lesson, I was feeling at a loss of where to begin. Even though I have been planning for over a month, I still needed a little inspiration to get covered what I wanted to happen. Here's what I knew I wanted:
- to go outside (it's nice outside and I didn't want kids to have to choose between me and recess)
- to have fun
- to be sincere
- to have kids be able to say something nice about someone else
- to have kids listen to something nice about them
When the kids came to my room for Lunch Bunch, I told them to eat quickly so we could go outside. While they ate we talked about how it felt to receive a compliment. Everyone agreed that compliments should be sincere, and that they can really brighten up someone's day, help to solidify a bond, diffuse stress, and validate our efforts. We also talked about how we should give a compliment like we would a gift, expecting nothing in return. It is appropriate, however, that after we receive a compliment we should acknowledge its receipt with a "thank you." After the LBers ate we headed outside to play. Below you will see our hopscotch board and several of the kids playing.
Here is our Hopscotch board:
The squares read:
- Kind Words
- Cooperation (ie It was nice of you to help Mrs. S in class the other day)
- How they treat others (ie You were awesome when you stood up for X in the hallway)
- If someone helps you (ie homework)
- What they're good at
- Something they own
- An assignment
- Hair style
I even received a compliment. "Mrs. Miller, you are always kind to us."
I love my job!