Pink Tiara Cookies by Maria Dismondy is a great book that teaches the social skill of kindness.
“Bullying” is a huge problem in schools (see why I don’t like using the word “bully” HERE). What happens when your best friend starts hanging out with someone else? Jealousy, that’s what! Kids are very good at excluding others. Dismondy does a great job of showing children how it’s not okay to exclude others in here book Pink Tiara Cookies for Three (affiliate link).
I love to promote kindness. It keeps my students’ minds off of the “mean” things they could do and puts a positive spin on it (PBIS anyone???). Coming back from winter break, students seem to forget everything they learned: math facts, reading skills, and how to be kind. The break also seems to bring new students to our classrooms and schools…via moves, district transfers, etc.
I love to take the break as a fresh start with my students, almost pretending that it’s a brand new school year. We review our classroom norms and we get back to our daily kindness challenge! This book will be the perfect reminder for us to be kind.
Every morning, we pull a card from our stack of “kindness cards” and we challenge ourselves to do what it says. It was so sweet when some of my cuties decided to start making their OWN kindness cards to add to our bucket (melt my heart)! I loved the idea, so I made these FREE kindness cards to go along with any kindness lesson or book like Pink Tiara Cookies!
You can have your students write their own kindness cards and put them in a bucket to pull each day. You can assign these as homework too, so they are brainstorming kindness at HOME with their families (they need it there too…).
You can also use these when you catch a student being kind (you know, picking up someone’s pencil, tying someone’s shoe, pushing in someone’s chair, helping someone out…), have them write what they did and hang it up on your wall. Like a “Hall of Fame”. Kids love to see anything positive they do pointed out and rewarded 😉
I created three different styles (one simple, one with writing lines for little writers, and one that matches the colors of the book-because it’s fun). If you’d like to use these in your classroom, grab them FREE HERE or click the picture!