Are you looking for a fun and educational activity to teach your preschool students about kindness? We have created the perfect resource for you – free printable Montessori Acts of Kindness 3 part cards, tracing print and cursive, and an independent writing worksheet. These activities are engaging and promote fine motor skills, and letter recognition. These 3 part cards are an excellent tool to teach vocabulary related to kindness. Each card has a picture of an act of kindness, and the corresponding word. It’s a great way to introduce new words while promoting kindness at the same time.
Acts of kindness free 3 part cards and student worksheets
These free printables provide a hands-on learning experience that promotes kindness, fine motor skills, and writing development.
To begin, download and print the Montessori Acts of Kindness 3-Part Cards. These cards consist of three parts: a picture, a label, and a control card. Cut them out and laminate them for durability. Introduce the concept of kindness to your students by discussing what it means and why it is important. Show them each picture and label, helping them to match them correctly. This activity not only reinforces vocabulary but also encourages empathy and compassion.
Use the pages with control cards as a work mat. This allows teachers and parents to save time and effort when preparing hands-on learning activities for their students.
Pre-K and K students can be invited to work with a set for matching.
Beginner readers can use it to match the picture to the picture and the word to the word.
Attach clear velcro dots to the back of the cards for younger students or when doing activities outdoors.
Alternatively, you may decide to cut out control and description cards and store 3-part cards in a traditional Montessori way.
Next, utilize the Tracing Print and Cursive Worksheets to further develop your students’ fine motor skills and writing abilities. These worksheets feature words related to acts of kindness. Start by demonstrating the proper technique for tracing the letters, and then have your students try it themselves. Gradually progress from tracing print to cursive, providing a challenge for those who are ready. Through these exercises, children will improve their hand-eye coordination, letter formation, and overall writing skills while reinforcing the theme of kindness.
Alternatively, introduce the Independent Writing Worksheets. These worksheets provide blank lines for children to copy words included in the set.
Not only do they promote important values such as empathy and kindness, but they also enhance fine motor skills and handwriting abilities. Furthermore, integrating the Montessori approach encourages students to become independent learners who take ownership of their education.
Hands-on Activities to promote Acts of Kindness
To foster kindness in a preschool Montessori classroom, it is important to create a positive and inclusive environment. Teachers can model and reinforce kind behavior towards others and encourage empathy and understanding. Providing opportunities for children to engage in cooperative activities, resolving conflicts peacefully, and teaching them to appreciate and respect differences can also help cultivate a culture of kindness.
Create a jar and place it in a prominent spot in the classroom. Whenever a student completes an act of kindness, they can write it down on a slip of paper and place it in the jar. At the end of the week, the class can read the slips aloud and celebrate the acts of kindness together.
Pair students together and assign them as “kindness buddies”. Encourage them to practice acts of kindness towards each other throughout the day. At the end of the week, have each child share one example of kindness their buddy did for them.
Community Service Projects
Plan and organize small community service projects for the children to participate in. This could include collecting canned goods for a local food bank, making cards for nursing home residents, or cleaning up a nearby park. Encourage the students to discuss the importance of helping others and how their actions can make a positive impact.
Provide each student with a small notebook to use as a gratitude journal. Encourage them to write down or draw one thing they are grateful for each day. This activity helps foster a sense of appreciation and empathy towards others.
Hang a long piece of string or ribbon in the classroom. Whenever a student witnesses an act of kindness, they can add a link to the kindness chain. This visually represents the collective acts of kindness within the classroom.
Random Acts of Kindness Cards
Create small cards that say “You’ve been caught being kind!” Whenever a student performs an act of kindness, provide them with a card to give to the person they helped. This encourages them to recognize and appreciate acts of kindness in others.
Start or end each day with a kindness circle where students have the opportunity to share kind words or actions they have observed. This allows for a focus on the positive aspects of their interactions and reinforces the importance of kindness.
Choose books that highlight acts of kindness and empathy. After reading the story, engage students in a discussion about the character’s actions and how they relate to their own lives. Encourage them to reflect on ways they can emulate the kindness shown in the story.
Assign rotating classroom helper roles to students, such as line leader, snack helper, or clean-up crew, and emphasize the importance of helping others, being kind, and showing gratitude for their classmates’ contributions.
Acts of Kindness Challenges
Set weekly or monthly challenges for the class, where they are encouraged to perform various acts of kindness. Provide a visual tracker in the classroom to display the progress and celebrate their achievements.
different ways to use Montessori 3 part cards in the classroom
Montessori 3 part cards are a versatile and valuable tool that can be used in a variety of ways in the classroom.
Vocabulary Development: The primary use of 3 part cards is to help children build their language and vocabulary skills. You can introduce new words by showing the picture card and its corresponding label card to the students. Encourage them to repeat the words after you and discuss the meaning of each word. You can also create matching and sorting activities with the cards to reinforce vocabulary acquisition.
Matching: Students can use the cards to match identical pictures or concepts. They can lay out the picture cards and match them with the corresponding word cards.
Memory or Concentration Game: Students can lay the cards facedown and take turns flipping two cards over at a time to find a match. This helps develop memory skills and recognition of pictures or words.
Sentence Building: Students can use the word cards to create sentences. They can combine nouns, verbs, and adjectives to form complete sentences or even create their own stories.
Flashcards: The cards can be used as traditional flashcards for review and reinforcement of concepts and vocabulary.
Research and Inquiry: Students can use the cards as a starting point for further research and investigation. They can choose a particular topic or animal and learn more about it using additional resources.
Writing Prompts: The cards can serve as writing prompts where students can choose a card and write a story, poem, or descriptive paragraph based on the image or concept.
These materials not only support the development of fine motor skills, handwriting skills, and letter recognition, but they also instill important values of kindness and empathy in young children. By incorporating these printables into their daily learning activities, educators and parents can help foster a sense of compassion and thoughtfulness in preschoolers, setting them on a path towards becoming caring and responsible individuals in the future.
This printable contains:
- a work mat with control cards
- a set of picture and label cards
- student printouts for practicing handwriting with the black and white version of the same photographs or with clip art for coloring. You get an option of choosing printouts with print, cursive tracing fonts, or blank for independent writing;
The printable set is suitable for children aged 3-5.
Here are some possible Common Core Standards that could be addressed with this resource:
- English Language Arts:
- L.K.1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
- L.K.2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
- RF.K.1: Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
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