The beauty and depth of honesty in this story literally took my breath away.
A huge thanks to Barbara from The Corner for introducing me to Each Kindness, by Jacqueline Woodson.
I'll be using this story at the beginning of the year with my new class of ONEderful ones.
I know they will be touched by Maya and Chloe's story, a story of choices, rejection, missed opportunities, regret.
Maya is the new girl at school -- a sweet child from a less than fortunate background. Chloe and her friends repeatedly ignore Maya's attempts to reach out to them, until finally it's too late.
I hope to have a character building lesson each Friday. The lesson used by Chloe's teacher will be perfect.
She demonstrates to the children how the ripples from one little rock dropping into a bowl of water are akin to the ripples that extend from one small act of kindness.
I have the perfect gold trimmed glass bowl I'm going to bring to school.
Every Friday, each child will have the opportunity to place a small polished river rock in the water-filled bowl while naming a small act of kindness they extended to another person.
I think it will be a beautiful weekly ritual and the perfect way to remember the important things in life.