Kindness Beyond the Classroom

We all know that education extends well beyond the classroom. It is taught in many forms and covers subjects from academics to life lessons. Kindness is one of the lessons that we must teach early on in a child’s life.

As I was walking through our local Target store, which is in the process of being remodeled, I couldn’t help but be drawn in by their new children’s book display area, especially since our town does not have a bookstore. (I know, unbelievable!) However, Target’s latest addition has brought about an enticing place for children to shop for books. Since I am just an “overgrown kid,” I happily got sucked into browsing through the section. It was there that I came across a journal that I thought you would appreciate.

Put a little kindness in a child’s hand

I enjoyed the book, WonderI received it as a gift this past Christmas. The tale is sweet with highs and lows and showcases the journey of one family with a unique child. Although, this isn’t about a book review. It is about a journal that moves beyond the message of the book to help children “Choose Kind.” In a world where bullying is rampant in both cyberspace and a child’s daily life, the Choose Kind Journal is a welcome change.

This journal encourages children to write about a daily kindness they shared. This action is crucial on many levels. Not only do they have to “do good” in the world, but they have to reflect and write about those kindnesses. In doing so, they are learning how to be compassionate young individuals. At the same time, their writing skills and thought process are being developed and reinforced. What a fun way to help your child become a more well-rounded person.

Respect a child’s privacy

With your child’s permission, encourage them to share their journal with you and praise them for their efforts in showing kindness to others. If they wish to keep their journal private, please respect their boundaries. After all, a journal is a place for them to reflect their personal feelings and thoughts, and everyone, despite age, deserves a safe place in which to write.

DO YOU HAVE AN EDUCATIONAL LESSON THAT TEACHES KINDNESS? Leave a comment below. I would love to hear about it.

By |2018-05-30T04:08:26+00:00May 30th, 2018|Literacy|10 Comments


  1. Sandra Bennett May 31, 2018 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Hi Kristen, I loved Wonder too and the message behind it. When I went to see it at the movies, classes from the school I used to teach at were there to watch it too. One of the teachers said they had built a unit of work around the movie. I didn’t get into any details with her though. I do remember one year when I taught year 4, for the first term we began each day with morning circle. I had a ball I would pass around to the students. Only the person with the ball was allowed to speak. Each day we would focus on a question to help get to know each other. One example was to tell me something like about another member of the class. The ball would then be passed to that person who commented about another class member and so on until everyone had said something nice/kind about another person. It was a lovely positive way to start each day.

    • K. Lamb May 31, 2018 at 2:39 pm - Reply

      I love the way your class began each day, Sandra! It is an excellent example of how to teach values in the classroom. Kindness and compassion are skill sets that need to be reinforced at an early age. I applaud teachers who incorporate it into their precious classroom time.

      The movie was well produced, and I enjoyed it immensely. However, I refused to see it until I read the book. I always prefer that order because I think the book versions show so much more depth of character. It was nice not to be disappointed by the movie version of Wonder.

      Thanks for sharing your experiences. I appreciate your comment and know others will, too.

  2. Rosie Russell May 31, 2018 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    Hi Kristen! I have yet to read this book or see the movie. I hope to this summer.
    I love the “Choose Kind Journal!” What a great idea.

    Thanks for sharing,

    • K. Lamb May 31, 2018 at 9:50 pm - Reply

      Rosie, I think you will really like both. If you get the opportunity, try to read the book before you see the movie. I thought the journal was an excellent way to reinforce kindness in children and give them an opportunity to reflect and strengthen their writing skills.

      Thanks for commenting and stopping by!

  3. Julie Gorges May 31, 2018 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    My granddaughter read Wonder and loved it. After her rave reviews, I was sure to see the movie with her and was wonderfully impressed. I’ve kept a journal since I was 12 and am a big fan of kids using journals to explore their feelings and thoughts. I absolutely love the idea of a kindness journal. What a great idea!

    • K. Lamb May 31, 2018 at 9:52 pm - Reply

      Oh, what a lovely gift idea for your granddaughter. I haven’t kept a journal in years, but I used to love to when I was younger. I think I got out of the habit because life just got busy. It’s a shame. As you said, it is a wonderful way in which to explore your feelings.

      Thanks for sharing, Julie. I appreciate your comment.

  4. Carmela June 3, 2018 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    Hi Kristen,

    Loved this blog. Seriously, no bookstore???
    I have yet to read this book or see the movie. I Have heard it’s fantastic. One class I worked with this past year was reading it as a group, and they all raved about it. I’ll have to add it to my list.

  5. Tracy Bryan June 12, 2018 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    So nice to have you back in our group Kristen! LOVE your journal idea and for me, journalling has gotten me and my kids through some rocky places in our lives. I haven’t read Wonder yet, or seen the movie, I’m not sure why-too much on my reading list already? Anyways, love the message and maybe I’ll save up the courage to go to the movies (where I just know I’ll bawl all through this movie!) Great review!

    • K. Lamb June 12, 2018 at 3:51 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Tracy! It is good to be back blogging now that the site is back up and running. I had to re-design both and Now, I just have to get back to replacing content. I still can’t believe I lost my site during migration. Ack! The good news is now it has automatic daily backups. I’ve already gotten the Summer Blog Hop Roadtrip article ready to go and a couple more posts scheduled. It feels good to get things accomplished.

      Be sure to take your tissues to the movie. I’m a bit of a sap, and had the sniffles. It’s a sweet, courageous movie with ups and downs. I love that they are using the premise of the book/movie to help instill kindness in our youth.

      Thanks for reading, and it’s good to see you. Take care!

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