Through the Eyes Of… Discussions About Empathy

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Find an article that talks bout something happening in your community. Read it together with your child and talk about what it means.

Question and Wonder:

  • What do you notice happening in your neighborhood or community?
  • How do you feel about what is happening?
  • How do you think others feel about what is happening?
  • Why do we care about things that are happening around us?

Talk about ways you could help with the situation. Talk about how small things can make big differences.

Imagine and Design:

  • Make a list of the things you could do to help. How do you think they will make things better?
  • Who will they make things better for? Why is that important?
  • Maybe you could form a group or organize an activity that would help. Talk about the possibilities.

Test and Discuss:

  • Using an article or something you have observed in your community, discuss the questions above.
  • Why is it important to have empathy, the ability to understand and share the feelings of others?
  • How does it make you feel when someone empathizes with you?

Did you Know?

Empathy is what sets us apart from machines and even from many other animals. It’s what enables us to relate to other people and their experiences… It’s what enables us to understand them. And it’s what makes us compassionate. So it’s little wonder why it’s so integral to the social experience of schooling and childhood. But empathy is not innate — it’s learned. Read more about it in the articles below:

Books to read together about empathy and other ways to approach this as a family:

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