I have yet to meet a child who doesn’t want to be a helper of some sort. As summer gets closer with the tantalizing thought of some free time, speak with your kids about what they would like to do to help out. Kids can help out in many different ways. For this summer, guide your discussion towards ways where “we” can contribute to make someone or something a little bit better.
Depending on the age of your children, you may have to make suggestions. Some ideas may include:
- Make individual school supply boxes and donate them to a local homeless shelter.
- Read to younger children at the local library, or in your neighborhood.
- Think about calling a facility for seniors – nothing could possibly bring a bigger smile to the faces of the residents than children visiting and even sharing a favorite story book. With the help of the facility’s activity coordinator, children may even be asked to help with other activities.
- For children who may be more comfortable working with friends at home, suggest creating greeting cards for seniors.
- Maybe your kids participated in Earth Day celebrations. Suggest that neighbors be reminded that everyday should be Earth Day and remind people to recycle using creative posters.
- If your kids are old enough, they may even be able to help by creating a campaign to encourage others to help out too.
The possibilities are endless for what we can do to encourage our next generation of ultimate teachers to truly have a positive impact on making the world a better place.