The First-grade instructional program at Villa Maria Academy Lower School is committed to helping each…
by Dee Lentz, School Librarian
Every Advent Season, I create an Advent Challenge for my girls to complete during the Christmas Season. We brainstormed kindness ideas and then chose the ones that best fit into our week. I am a firm believer that small intentional acts of kindness can change the world and think even small acts and young kids can have a big impact. It has been such a great way for our family to stop in the midst of the crazy holiday season and intentionally do good in our family, our community and our world.
Our challenge consists of 24 acts of kindness (many created by my girls) that everyone in the family must complete. My girls are always excited to discover the challenge that lays in wait each morning. It has become almost as exciting as finding our elf. It is wonderful to see my girls think critically about our world and how we can make it a better place. At dinner, we discuss how we each executed our task of the day and what effect it had on the people around us.
As a new member of the Villa staff, I thought it would be significant to share the Advent Challenge with our school community. At Villa, we strive to prepare our girls to assume leadership and services roles within our families and communities. It is my hope that these acts of kindness will guide them in that direction. The girls recite this school pledge every day: I believe that Jesus is present in each of my classmates and in all of my teachers; and therefore, all of my actions will show my respect for Jesus. Let’s put those words into actions.
It was such a wonderful experience that we are doing it again this year and I encourage you to join in too. It’s much easier than you think!
Here is a free printable of the Random Acts of Kindness Advent Challenge that is up on my bulletin board at school so you can download it and do it with your kids too!
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.