When the book “Wonder” arrived on the scene I knew it was special. I knew that it had the potential to help children understand empathy, diversity, and acceptance. My school used “Wonder” as a One School, One Book read. Everyone loved it. However, when the movie came out it became not just special, but a phenomenon. I arranged for our entire school 3-8 grades to see it at a local movie theater. The kids were capitavated, but then I was like “Now what?”. How do we keep momentum of CHOOSE KIND going? In doing some research I came across a younger children’s version entitled, “We’re All Wonders”. It is also by RJ Palacio. I immediately purchased it and started working on how to incorporate it into our school culture.
I first read the book to K-5 classes. For the 3-5 graders we did some quote art with quotes from “Mr. Browne’s Precepts”. For the younger grades we did some role plays about kindness, but I wanted to take it beyond my classroom lessons.
If you’ve read any of my other posts you know that bulletin boards are not my thing. I don’t particularly enjoy them and I’m defintley not good at them, YET. (See what I did there, Mindset). However, I know that they can be a powerful tool so I decided to step outside my comfort zone and create the “Choose Kind Challenge” using the book “We’re all Wonders”.
I choose 12 different acts of kindness and printed them on slips of paper. I them put those slips in the envelopes you see on the board. Students may choose one of those or do something of their own choosing. Once they have done an act of kindness they can come and put their name on the board. The school goal is to fill it up so much that no more names can fit.
I’m still not the Monet of bulletin board creators, but I’m pretty proud of how it turned out and excited to see what the students do with this challenge. Even though I’m a bulletin board novice there is not doubt that bulletin boards can make your counseling program POP!