Join us each month for a new theme and activities to work with your students! This month's theme is #DoGoodDecember
#SEL Day 2023: https://selday.org/
#DoGoodDecember Quote of the Month:
" How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time. "
— Morgan Freeman
The holiday season is the perfect time of year to help your students develop and practice positive habits. Kids are already super excited about the upcoming festivities. Use that enthusiasm to encourage thoughtfulness, empathy, generosity, and more! This December, encourage students to look outward and create true acts of kindness. #DoGoodDecember #ActsofKindness #PositiveHabits
Week 1: Action for Happiness Calendar #DoGoodDecember
Use the holiday season to encourage kindness and empathy through service projects. Spend time in your program and talk about the needs of the school or the people in your community, then brainstorm ways to meet those needs. Have youth work together on a service project, to help empower your students to put kindness and empathy into practice. https://actionforhappiness.org/sites/default/files/Dec%202023.jpg #DoGoodDecember #ServiceProjects #KindnessandEmpathy
Week 2: 12 Days of Kindness
Boost your holiday spirit, by creating a 12 days of kindness calendar. Working with students, create a list of 12 kind and selfless acts youth can do to bring a smile and joy to others. Once students have created their list, have youth begin working on their 12 Days of Kindness Calendar. #DoGoodDecember #12daysofkindness Here are some suggestions to get you started:
- Make a gift for your teacher or a friend
- Make someone laugh today
- Give someone a compliment
- Give out candy canes
- Make a card for your principal or afterschool specialist
- Pickup litter around the campus
- Start a food/clothing drive
Week 3: Kindness Mural
There are some acts of kindness that are random, like opening the door for someone you don’t know or helping an elderly stranger cross the street, but the more we get to know other people, we realize they see and feel differently about what kindness is to them. In this activity, you can invite your students to think about what kindness means to them after watching the Life Vest video and have them write or draw, depending on their age, an example of kindness in your program. Then hang these up and make a mural where students can see and be encouraged to be kind every day. #DoGoodDecember #KindnessMural
Week 4: New Phases, New Language, New You!
Create a kindness jar for your program. When students make and receive random acts of kindness, the body release high doses of “feel good” hormones, and what better way to help students capture than leaving kindness notes to friends and staff. Teach kids how to write positive notes of gratitude to friends and family. Encourage kids to be specific in their praise, to show the recipient they were seen and heard. Random-Act-of-Kindness-Printable-Notes-2.jpg (1000×1294) (woojr.com) #DoGoodDecember #KindnessFeelsGood #KindnessCounts
Week 5: Try Something New: Paint like Jackson Pollack
The holidays have always been an easy time for us to remember to be extra kind to those around us. Take this time to create and normalize your program space to be a safe space where kindness is the norm, by implementing kindness discussion cards as part of your daily check-in routine. Here are some suggested questions you can use to end the year with joy and cheer and to begin the new year with joy and cheer! #DoGoodDecember #LetsTalkAboutKindness #KindnessAllYear
- How can you show kindness to someone who is being unkind to others?
- What qualities do you want in a friend and why?
- Who did you thank today and why?
- How do you know if someone is upset or sad?
- What is more important to you and why-being popular, getting A’s or caring about others?
- If you were a superhero, who would you help and why?
- When someone does something nice for you, how does it make you feel? How do you think it makes them feel?
- When was the last time you said sorry, and what was it about?
- What do you want your friends to think about you the most and why: a) you are really smart. B) you’re a lot of fun to be around, or c) you’re a great friend.
SEL Video of the Month
What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and how can I be part of this?
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
What is Social-Emotional Learning and why does it matter?
Per CASEL, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) reflects the critical role of positive relationships and emotional connections in the learning process and helps students develop a range of skills they need for school and life.
SEL skills include the ability to:
- set and achieve positive goals
- feel and show empathy for others
- establish and maintain positive relationships
- make responsible decisions
- understand and manage emotions
All of these skills are necessary—both for educators and students—to function well in the classroom, in the community, and in college and careers.
Previous Monthly Themes
November 2023 - #NewWaysNovember
October 2023 - #OptimisticOctober
September 2023 - #Self-CareSeptember
May 2023 - #MeaningfulMay
April 2023 - #ActiveApril
March 2023 - #MindfulMarch
February 2023 - #FriendlyFebruary
January 2023 — #HappierJanuary
December 2022 – #DoGoodDecember
November 2022 - #NewWaysNovember
October 2022 - #OptimisticOctober
September 2022 - #Self-CareSeptember
August 2022 - #AltruisticAugust
July 2022 - #JumpBackUpJuly
June 2022 - #JoyfulJune