Teaching First Graders Generosity
Sharing means caring. How parents can teach generosity to first graders.
What You Need To Know
For many children, sharing doesn’t come naturally. It has to be learned. And that means parents will play a significant role in teaching first graders how to share. A child who learns these lessons will be kinder, more considerate, and more thoughtful. In return, their friends and families will respond in the same way. When teaching your child to share, it’s worth remembering that your actions, not words, will be most instructive.
Think creatively about how people share – donating to charity, giving blood, or feeding the dog next door when your neighbors go away for the weekend. Now that you think about it, you’re probably doing several of these things already. Look out for examples where people are sharing and giving. Not just on birthdays, but little things that happen every day. Talk to your child about what is happening, encourage them to discuss the actions and motivations, and answer any questions they have.
These are some of the ways which people share, either their possessions, their skills, or their time:
- Donating old clothes. Giving to the Salvation Army or the Goodwill.
- Giving food. Taking tins or prepared meals to friends or family that are sick, or who have recently come out of hospital.
- Giving blood.
- Helping with chores. Doing the vacuuming or gardening for elderly parents.
- Contributing. Giving money to a church or charitable organization.
- Volunteering. Talking with seniors, doing reading practice with young people, or driving the handicapped.
- Helping neighbors. Feeding pets or watering plants while they’re on vacation.
How You Can Help
Your first grader may have an allowance, which can be a good place to start with giving. But as we can see from the list above, there are a whole range of ways to share, from investing money to giving time. If your child is interested in sharing his or her allowance, one tip is to start three different saving pots, one for sharing, one for giving, and one for spending. You could use old preservative jars, or colorful socks, or shoeboxes – as long as they have a label. Encourage your child to think of ways they can contribute their time, and offer to make your own contribution to their saving jar when they do. Generosity is a wonderful quality, and the lessons your child learns in First Grade will serve them well for a lifetime.
For more information on sharing and giving gifts in First Grade, please see the full article:
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