Posted on October 15, 2015
It is October, which means it is time for UNICEF! I think by now all the 1/2 classes have received their orange UNICEF box and letter; kindergarten will receive theirs next week. Grades 3 and 4 will be doing the UNICEF sale this week Wed and Thur, October 28 and 29!
As my letter says, UNICEF stands for the United Nations Children's Fund. We have been participating in UNICEF since our Epiphany School days. Recently, when we participated in a Harvard study discussing the inclusion of global awareness in our curriculum, I found that many older students felt that our discussion about UNICEF made them more aware of global concerns.
The first and second graders had a grand time playing Charades and acting out chores they could do around the house to earn money for UNICEF. We discussed that even if they do not receive money for chores they already do (which is very reasonable), perhaps they could ask their families if they could do an extra chore for UNICEF. First and second graders are old enough and capable of doing so many chores around the home! Here are just a handful that they acted out last week - they are capable of many more!
* wiping the table
* folding their own clothes and putting them away
* watering plants
* feeding pets
* setting the table
* wiping bathroom and kitchen counters
Please, for your child's sake, make sure s/he performs some chores around your home, even if your family chooses not to participate in UNICEF. Children feel a sense of pride and responsibility when doing chores, and feel they are a vital part of the family. Chores are the perfect strategy to banish entitlement, which is one of the issues of this generation. Aren't doing chores and learning how to take care of one's home preferable to more time playing video games? We are raising our children up so that we can release them empowered and capable, not disabled because we did too much for them.
Every child, even kindergartners, should be expected to help carry items into the home after a trip to Costco, Safeway, or Longs. Maybe they can't carry the 20 pound bag of rice, but they can certainly carry a box of cereal or container of greens. When your child goes to Grandma's house or a friend's house, don't you want them to (1) notice when Grandma or their friend's parent needs help and (2) offer/take action to help carry something? Wouldn't that make our world a better place if more people were aware of when others needed help and took action?