This little tub of rocks, lovingly collected from a sunny beach on a snowy day in January, has quite the adventure waiting for it.
Oh, these rocks don't know it yet. Right now, they are beautiful in their own right, sitting there in a tub on my classroom floor. They have no idea of the amazing fate that awaits them.
You see, each of these rocks is a kindness rock. Come Friday, these rocks will be transformed by creative little hands in to pieces of art that will lift the heart of someone who is hurting, bring a smile to the face of someone who needs it and acknowledge the wonderful kind deeds of another.
.These rocks will get passed from hand to hand around our school community, reminding our students that kindness is simple, it is small and it happens all the time.
Students will be encouraged to give away every rock they get (why is the hoarder mentality so darn strong in children?!) to a friend, a classmate, a teacher, a stranger who seems to need it. Hopefully this will gently nudge them to recognize the feelings and needs of others and to place those feelings and needs (momentarily anyways) above their own wants. Hopefully it will teach them what it means to be kind.
It's the little things that help our kids learn how to do the big things; how to grow up to be amazing, kind, caring, thoughtful human beings who look out for one another.
And maybe, just maybe, those amazing, kind, caring, thoughtful human beings will have a kindness rock in their pocket.
#kindnessrocks, friends. Feel free to paint a rock or two and join us!
I'm Bryn, teacher, mom, book lover, athlete. I am passionate about living life with my family, teaching and learning something new all the time. I hope you find something that speaks to you here on my blog and would love to hear from you too!