Share the gift of giving with your children and students. These simple acts will leave an impression on your little ones and make a difference in the world at the same time.
As a child I remembered the lyrics to one of my favorite holiday songs playing through the house—“Give love on Christmas Day.” At the time I knew the “love” under the tree would be wrapped in colorful paper waiting to be ripped open, so many wonderful presents just for me. Many lessons in love and giving from my parents inspired me to share the gift of giving with my own children and students. These simple acts will leave an impression on your little ones and make a difference in the world at the same time.
Last year my first grade students began a project to recycle aluminum cans and purchase an acre of rainforest with the proceeds. Through amazing stories like The Great Kapok Tree and A Walk in the Rainforest (written and illustrated by a student) we discovered the precious gifts that the rainforests of the world bring to our lives. Each life lesson provided learning experiences and taught us to care for our earth and each other.
Get your kids excited about recycling with these fun facts:
Aluminum Recycling Did-You-Knows
This has a dual gift of cleaning out gently used things and giving to a charity or friend in need. Have your children find gently-used personal items and help them price their belongings and make home-made labels. Once you have a nice collection of home items to sell, set up a Giving Garage Sale sign, and share with customers that the proceeds will go towards a worthy cause.
There are so many ways to show your love. Presents are special and I wouldn’t trade the sleepy-eyed, bed-headed shrieks and giggles on Christmas morning for the world. But giving the children in my life the opportunity to enjoy gifts and giving back is priceless. Share a holiday project that has made a difference in your family; together we are making the world a better place to be.