Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Nurturing virtue: Generosity

Here we go on another installment of our virtue learning! We started the week off, as always, defining the virtue and discussing what it means to be generous. During this discussion, I pointed out the generosity is not just about giving "things" or money away (although this is definitely an important part of generosity), but that is also about being generous with your time, with your feelings (in other words being kind and warm to others), with opening our home to others and making them feel welcome here, and so on and so forth.

We followed this discussion by doing our virtue posters for the week. Rylan's depiction of generosity was him sharing a toy with Damian (who interestingly is still at the crawling stage in the picture! ;) ).
We memorized the following quotation: "To give and to be generous are attributes of Mine" taken from "To give and to be generous are attributes of Mine; well is it with him that adorneth himself with My virtues" by Bahá’u’lláh.

We read the following books: Learn About Values: Generosity, Share and Take Turns, and Rylan read Mary Clare Likes to Share to Damian and I. We also read a story illustrating generosity from Vignettes from the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.

We sang the Magic Penny song and watched the movie Charlotte's Web, followed by discussing the generosity of the spider Charlotte in the movie.

We made these generosity collages, one to show what "generosity looks like" and the other to show "God's generosity to us".

To practice generosity we cleaned out the toy cupboard, and the boys put aside a few toys that they no longer play with much, but thought a couple of their friends would enjoy and then gave them away to those friends.

There is SO much you can do with your children to teach them generosity, what I have shared is just the tip of the iceberg (as they say). There are so many charities, homeless shelters, nursing homes, etc that you can involve your children in where they can learn about giving both their time and money to help improve the lives of others.
Happy virtue teaching!

Previous weeks: Courtesy and Thankfulness.
This has been added to Preschool Corner & 5k too.


  1. Like the collages idea--great way to make it concrete in a variety of contexts. In our family, we give TZEDEKAH (a Jewish concept that ppl equate with charity but actually means JUSTICE). Anyway, we parents set an amount each month and then discuss with the kids where the money should go--generally in the people, animals, earth categories. We suggest organizations that fall under each category and then vote for that month's recipient. Sometimes we split the money and sometimes not. This month i will be "pushing" the kids to donate to Red Cross to help with disaster relief in TN.
    At Chanukah time, we also have one night where the kids don't receive gifts but rather have a set $ to donate to an organization of their choice. To remember to spread the light and to not just think of Chanukah as 8 nights of me me me gifts.
    Just some ideas to add to your virtues work. :)
    As usual, glad you posted this lesson!--Stacey

  2. I was just looking at some blogs looking for crafty ideas and saw that the flowers you made for Ridvan were featured in one of them:

  3. Hi,
    You have been featured on The Montessori Goldmine, please pop over and have a look, if you are not happy with the post please let me know, I will happily remove it. If you are happy, please help me spread the word, help yourself to a badge and tell all your friends. Thanks,

  4. Stacey - thank you for all the great ideas! I love them and will definitely add them to my list of things to do with my boys! :)

  5. Jo - thank you for featuring my Nurturing virtue post, I am glad you like it!

  6. Anon - thanks so much for telling me about the Totally Tots feature, Erica did let me know she was going to post about it on Wednesday! :)

  7. Wow, I just came across your blog. I've been brainstorming ways to include character trait teaching into our daily lessons. Thanks for the great ideas!

  8. Generosity, what a great topic to have a lesson on! I will have to remember that. I came from the Homeschool Creations link up. Thanks for your ideas.

  9. Thank you all for the great comments! I am so glad you enjoyed the post on teaching generosity, more to come soon! ;)

  10. Love the collages! And Charlotte's Web is one of my favorites. We've been trying to do some service type activities as a family too. We recently made a fleece blanket to donate to Project Linus and have some other things I'm looking into as well. So important to teach this virtue at a young age and continue to build on it. Thanks for sharing these ideas!

  11. These are fabulous ideas. Thank you so much for sharing. I really like the collages and the books. We plan to follow this theme this week!

    Would you and your readers be interested in a giveaway?

    For a good cause! =)

  12. Your posts are great contributions to Preschool Corner. We are secular family, and I am still struggling on how to incorporate education on virtues into our overall life. I have to come back and read more for inspiration and ideas.

  13. Ka mihi ki a koe Kami. I appreciate all what you put here for the sharing of knowledge for the spiritual development of our young minds. Mauri ora Ngawai



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