This month’s ABC book: “Big” by Coleen Paratore encourages students to become BIG people. The author defines BIG as being bright, imaginative, healthy, helpful, and valuable members of society.
Goals of lesson:
- Encourage students to take small steps to achieve BIG outcomes at home, school and community.
- Internalize intrinsic rewards of doing things for the right reasons-Being an UPstander.
- Perform intentional acts of caring for others.
- Understand that everyone can be BIG in their own way.
To reinforce this lesson at home:
Discuss ways your family contributes individually and together to making a difference in the world.
Watch this video with your child and discuss how small acts make a BIG impact. Notice how the kindness eventually comes back to the person who started it:
Ask your child:
How can I be BIG in my family?
What do we do to be BIG toward our planet?
How can we be kind to each other in a BIG way?
How can we be BIG in our community?
Name people who are BIG (famous, friends, family, in the news) and explain why.
Parents can consider reading the book: The World Needs Your Kid: Raising Children Who Care and Contribute by Craig & Marc Kielburger. This book focuses on simple everyday actions that can have a lasting influence on your child’s life and the lives of those around us.
When you “catch” kids modeling positive behaviors… Notice, Name it, and Celebrate it!