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December Virtue

on December 1, 2016

 

December Virtue: Generosity

 

I’m happy to give or share what I have with others.

 

Generosity Generosity is demonstrated in a willingness to give more than what is expected with a cheerful heart.

Generosity in the Classroom includes:

  • Waiting patiently for others to put their food on their plate before grabbing it myself.
  • Drawing or coloring a picture for my family or my teacher.
  • Taking turns on the playground so that everyone can have an opportunity to play.
  • Sharing my smile with friends who might feel sad.

I will…

  • Do something challenging every day.
  • Have a cheerful attitude even when things are hard.
  • Continue trying new ways and not give up.

Practical Application: 3 Tips for Encouraging Generosity

  1. Children can, and should, learn that they have the capacity to make a difference and change the world right now. Whether it is holding the door for someone, giving a gift or sharing their smile, it’s our job as the adults around them to inspire and encourage their generous spirits to blossom.
  2. Making cookies, cards or gifts for your neighbors or helping to shovel the sidewalk reinforces the generosity principle.
  3. Children have great memories.  Talk about the experience being generous right afterwards, but also bring it up periodically in the weeks that follow.  This can also create great opportunities for future acts of generosity.  They learn best by watching what we do!
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