1. the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.










Kind acts can be seen all around us

Whether shining through a smile, the assistance of a helping hand, being patient or using manners, you can spread kindness. What acts of kindness have you seen? Maybe you remember a time that someone was kind to you. Kindness can be contagious, one act causing another and so on. Have you walked by and given a smile to a stranger? Did they smile back? Has your family visited those who are home bound and brightened their day? How did it make you feel? Would this world be a better place if we were kinder to each other? Try some everyday and see how it changes your feelings as well as those around you.

By being kind to people, whether they are family, friends, or strangers, we are connecting with them, making them feel seen. This in turn has been shown to increase feelings of social connection and decrease negative biases. Practicing kindness can make a big world feel a bit smaller, even for just a few moments. Start with your own actions and be an example.

It is never too early to practice caring and kind behavior with our children, and it just might be that through these small gestures we, as parents, can help make this world (that our kids will someday inherit) a little more kind.  Talk to your child about what acts of kindness you have experienced and how those acts made you feel.  Children love being helpers at a very early age, let them help you deliver acts of kindness to friends and family.  Explore the variety of ways you and your child can make a difference in someone’s day.




Suggested Reading List

  • Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
  • I Walk with Vanessa by KerascoeËt
  • A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead
  • How Kind! By Mary Murphy
  • The Nice Book by David Ezra Stein
  • Last Stop on Market Street Matt de la Pena
  • Have You Filled a Bucket Today? : a guide to daily happiness for kids by Carol McCloud (also available in Spanish and French)
  • Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
  • Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson (also available in Spanish)
  • Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt (also available in Spanish)
  • Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell
  • Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (also available in Spanish)

Explore Our Themes


Our Senses

How do you explore and understand what is around you?  Think about what happens when Mom or Dad tells you that dinner is ready – you can hear them asking you to wash your hands, feel the water and soap against your skin, smell what’s cooking, see your chair at the table and taste the food on your plate. You can do all of that thanks to your senses!
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Earth is the place we call home, and it’s a very special place indeed. From the sky above to the ground at your feet, we are surrounded by creatures and features that inform and influence our lives.
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Does it sometimes feel like everything is always changing?  It’s a fact: change is all around us and within us.  Change happens.  And at the same time, some things stay exactly the same.  Through this theme of CHANGE, you can check out lots of things in your world that change, and maybe even a few that don’t.
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Hey….get moving!  Animal, human, or machine….minuscule or humongous…..seen and unseen… many things move.  Think about it for a minute.  Even when you are standing very still, some parts of your body (especially on the inside) are still moving even when you think you’re not.  
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Is there a different way to look at things? From a different angle or from another perspective? Sometimes we are so set in our ways that it is hard to see things from another person’s point of view, or to get a fresh take on a lingering problem. Our experiences, our personalities, our interests and so many other things influence our point of view. The theme of VIEW gives you a new way to look at what’s happening in and around you.
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Do you ever wonder what’s beyond your backyard, or outside the city limits? It’s a wide, wide world.  There is so much that makes every continent, every country, every state, every city, every neighborhood, and even every home, unique.  The WORLD theme offers a way to take a worldly adventure, without ever hopping on a plane.
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Things are what you make of them, right? Whether you are making something functional, making up your mind, making friends, or trying to make the world a better place, the act of making is one fueled by curiosity, imagination and creativity. Even little people have big ideas, so this theme of MAKE will provide the sparks for getting those wheels turning.
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