This year remote-ready lessons and resources that students can do in the classroom or at the kitchen table are at the top of our wish list. That’s why we love Red Nose Day’s Everyday Heroes Program. It’s full of resources and activities for learning at school and at home. Build empathy and strengthen classroom community with these flexible and fun activities, and celebrate students’ acts of kindness. The program is designed so that teachers and parents can work together. We love how all the materials are remote-ready (you can download or print).
For Your Class
Start with the class routines for building empathy. Next, check out the nomination form. This is where your students get to think about people they know who are kind, thoughtful, and helpful. Finally, use the certificate or (customizable Zoom background) to celebrate students who are nominated.
For Your Students’ Families
Because learning doesn’t stop at school, we came up with an easy and fun way for students to keep up their kindness routines at home. There’s a letter to send to parents and a poster that families can hang on their fridge. The poster has a list of ideas for how kids can be kind and caring as well as a sheet to fill in to keep track.
Here are some more ideas about how to use these resources at school and at home.
Have an Everyday Heroes challenge
Kids can keep track of when they are empathetic and kind using the Fridgable poster. When you have morning meetings or circle time, ask students to share what they are doing at school and at home. Celebrate the kids and gift them certificates or virtual Zoom backgrounds.
Create an Everyday Heroes word wall
Empathy is a new word for many kids. As you start to talk more about what empathetic people do and say, start an Everyday Heroes word wall. Like an anchor chart, having visual reminders up in the classroom will remind students of what it means to be kind and show empathy.
Help kids reflect with writing prompts
As kids start to really build a routine of empathy and kindness in the classroom and at home, give them the opportunity to reflect on their experience with writing prompts. We love, “I want to get better at being an Everyday Hero by doing _____.”