Help cultivate an attitude of giving to preschoolers!
You’ve heard the critics or the overarching judgment on kids these days — they’re too plugged in and entitled. They demand this and that and expect society to bend at their snaps, so are we missing a vital opportunity to teach generosity in early childhood education to the tiniest citizens of the world?
At Community Education Research Group of Antioch, Minnesota Avenue, and Good Hope Road in DC, not only do we follow The Creative Curriculum, but we adhere and embrace the DC Common Core Early Standards to help toddlers and preschoolers prepare for their education. Take a moment and learn more about how to foster generosity in little ones in today’s post!
Teaching Generosity In Early Childhood Education
Generosity, especially for those still developing and learning interpersonal skills, can be a tough one to tackle. But, this skill is imperative to teach to preschoolers in early childhood education because it will only aid in their growth as they enter the public school system.
Instilling the idea of giving instead of always receiving improves relationships and sharpens socioemotional skills, which only heightens their tool bag of dealing with adverse situations down the road.
So, how do you teach generosity to preschoolers?
Start with empathy.
We’ve written about empathy in a previous post, but it’s so crucial to teach kids about empathy and why it’s so important. When kids know the why behind generosity, or can better understand the reasons for giving, it may help them practice it more.
One of the biggest ways to teach and instill the practice of giving is to model it in your preschool classroom. It can be a hard thing to model generosity and talk about it at the same time, but holding these discussions are important for your little ones to hear.
For example, you could explain how you donated money to your favorite charity and explain what it is and why it’s important to you. Or, you could tell a story about another who forgot their lunch so you picked up lunch for them.
Help get them in on the conversation and ask them how they want to be generous this week or what acts of kindness they have participated in.
Praise generous acts.
Kids naturally like to help and will do generous things from time-to-time, so if you notice a preschooler sharing a toy or helping another student who was injured, praise this behavior to help recognize these positive behaviors.
Be generous together.
The classroom is the perfect place to practice generosity. Perhaps you could make drawings for seniors in a nursing home or ask your students to collect any toys they don’t play with anymore to donate to a local charity. This gives the kiddos a first-hand experience in practicing the gift of giving.
In a culture where we the highlight of media isn’t focused on generosity, it can be hard to see it. But, it’s there and it’s up to us to help preschoolers develop this vital skill through empathy, modeling it, praising it, and practicing it.
For more information on our early childhood programs, connect with us today!