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There are so many little ways of teaching generosity and sharing at school. You can talk about examples you see in class, model it in your own behavior, build opportunities for kids to be generous in their daily lives, and...share stories in well written and moving children's books!
In our opinion, the best way to instill an overall attitude of generosity and giving is to teach children from a young age to look for small ways to be generous and sharing with others in their daily lives rather than waiting for opportunities for large and impressive acts to present themselves. That gives them lots of first hand experience and lots of accompanying good feelings!
You can show them how to do this by sharing stories of others doing it! The
following books tell clever, moving stories of sharing with others or
the spirit of giving and generosity. Each will melt your heart!
How One Small Loan Made
a Big Difference
by Katie Smith Milway
3rd grade - 7th grade
The Quiltmakers Gift
(fable about greed)
by Jeff Brumbeau
1st grade - 4th grade
An Orange for Frankie
(the holiday spirit of giving
during the Great Depression)
by Patricia Polacco
1st grade - 5th grade
Betsy, Cindy, and Virginia (the teachers/sisters behind this website)
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