Giving: The Most Important Lesson We Can Teach
Our world doesn’t always inspire our kids to be the people and citizens who they can grow to become. Often, our society encourages kids to be overly focused on themselves, and personal electronic devices like tablets and smartphones make it easy to disconnect from others.
Perhaps one of the most important lessons we can teach our children is the value of giving. And we can teach our children to care beyond themselves and even beyond the walls of the classroom.
The good news is the spark is already there! It’s why girls love weaving rubber band bracelets and threading beads together to make necklaces—and then giving them to their friends and their parents. Kids are so happy when they can give a gift to someone they love!
Children also learn a lot when they can give. They learn to think about other people and to be generous. They learn important skills like planning and communication. As an extension to this, they build the foundations to care in larger ways—to volunteer, to donate, and to engage in their communities. When children practice giving, it grows their ability to be creative, thoughtful, and compassionate.
Fuel the Spark in the Classroom
Check out a few websites here that show ways to teach giving in the classroom:
To see the benefits of teaching children to care and to give, arrange for older students to volunteer for an organization that can show them about people who are different from them. Perhaps the most impactful, educational experiences that shape children’s lives and ideas may be writing to a pen pal in a different country or serving in a homeless shelter. These experiences will teach children to understand other perspectives—to give and care beyond themselves.
These are the life-long lessons we will share with our students and children: the joy of giving and thinking about others.