School’s back in session! Luckily, the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation has made several resources available to help educators bring kindness to the classroom. And we’re here to share some of them with you!
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is a nonprofit organization that’s on a mission to “make kindness the norm.” According to the RAK Foundation, “We work toward that goal by creating free content that promotes kindness toward others and teaches important social-emotional learning skills to kids.”
The RAK Foundation caters their kindness content to “schools, workplaces, homes, and communities.” When it comes to schools specifically, the organization’s curriculum includes “a focus on equity, teacher self-care, and digital citizenship. Keep reading for a closer look at what they have to offer!
Kindness Resources for Educators
The RAK Foundation offers a grade-specific ‘Kindness in the Classroom’ curriculum; one for kindergarten through fifth grade, one for sixth through eighth grade, and the final for high school students. Each offering delves into their ‘six core kindness concepts: respect, caring, inclusiveness, integrity, responsibility, and courage,’ toward cultivating a shared understanding on kindness among students of all ages.
While the listed resources are incredible on their own, The RAK Foundation has taken things a step further this year, offering an education-themed kindness calendar! The calendar is free and fully downloadable. According to the RAK Foundation, “It’s a perfect addition to the walls of any hallway, office, classroom or teacher’s lounge. You can start your morning announcements with a kindness idea from the calendar!”
The Kindness Calendar
To keep things simple for students and teachers alike, the RAK Foundation made August the kindness calendar’s starting month. And each day’s square is filled with inspiring ways to be kind at school! Here are some of our August favorites:
- Do something that makes you happy
- Make an effort to avoid judging others
- Plant a tree with your family
- Thank a teacher for their dedication
- Stand up for someone who is struggling
- Drink more water. Use a reusable water bottle
- Do one thing to keep your community cleaner
The list of fun ways to be kind goes on and on. And the best part? Having a calendar filled with ideas takes all of the thinking out of it! All you have to do is show up, read the day’s kindness ‘to-do’, and reap the benefits of being kind!
A big thanks to the RAK Foundation for all they have done and continue to do within the kindness movement. It’s because of organizations like this one that we stay motivated, focused, and inspired to work toward our personal kindness goals, a day at a time. And to all the teachers and students out there, we hope this year is the best one yet. Happy learning and as always, stay kind!