There is an age old saying that to share is to care. We all want our children to grow up to be caring human beings and that’s why it is important that this skill be taught from a very early age.
Sharing is an important social skill that helps children learn that their actions have a direct impact on others. Inculcating values and skill sets requires patience and effort. Model behavior, practical examples, practice, reminders, and correction are some of the ways through which we can develop these skills.
When it comes to sharing, in addition to reminding kindergartners to share, there are numerous engaging ways to reinforce the concept. One of the best ways to show the children the benefits of sharing and working together is to have him participate in fun and co-operative activities he can enjoy.
With the aim of helping the children experience the joy and significance of sharing, we conducted a special activity on 10th of April, 2015. The little Stafordians participated in different sharing activities conducted by their teachers. These activities made children realize how great it feels to share food, fruit and toys with others. The tiny tots brought snacks to share with their classmates and played with different toys together. In addition to sharing, children also learnt how to take turns, as these two values go hand- in- hand.
Few stories were narrated to the children involving their favourite cartoon characters. Some simple sharing rules were introduced to the children through puppets. These were:
- Ask when you want to use something.
- Wait until someone is finished before you start using something.
- Help each other.
At the end of the day, we are confident that the children learnt that “Sharing is fun!”