I got the opportunity to collaborate with our wonderful school counselor Shannon for a Well-Being Book Series session for our Kindergarten to grade 4 classes. It was Kindness Week at the OJCS and the focus today was empathy. Our students got to learn a very valuable lesson about the meaning of empathy and how it feels to ‘stand in someone else’s shoes.’
We started off the session by reading each group a book. For our K and 1 groups we read ‘When I Care About Others’ by Cornelia Maude Spelman. It is a very simple book but a valuable teaching tool for younger students.
For our grade 2 to 4s, we read a beautiful book called ‘The Three Questions’ by Jon J. Muth about a boy who is trying to answer three important questions;
- When is the best time to do things?
- Who is the most important one?
- What is the right thing to do?
After reading the story Shannon discussed the word ‘Empathy’ with the students and then did an exercise where they took turns standing on a pair of shoe prints and imagining what others would feel in made-up scenarios.
The kids loved the exercise and the stories. I am really looking forward to working more with Shannon on this book series and can’t wait to choose books for our next session!