A happy child makes a motivated learner! Early childhood experts say children who are happy and enjoy school have a greater chance of increasing the amount of learning they do during the school year. Kindness plays a big role in young children’s happiness. In honor of World Smile Day on October 7, here are three ways you can promote kindness in your preschool classroom.
- Give your students chances to help each other
Small groups are a great way for students to practice prosocial behavior because they have to learn how to work together. The next time you have your students break out into a small cooperative group, try telling them that part of their responsibility as a group is to help each other. Studies show that students who engage in cooperative learning are more likely to treat each other with kindness.
- Greet your students every day as they come into the classroom
When students feel like they belong and are a part of something bigger than themselves, they are more likely to treat others kindly. A simple, “how are you today” can make a big difference in a child’s day.
- Use a positive tone of voice
Modeling a kind attitude and kind words is contagious and can instantly put a smile on a child’s face. As children are developing, it’s important to remember that they are greatly influenced by others and their behaviors. Using positive tones often will encourage children to do the same.