Monday, July 7, 2008

Beat Summer Bordem... Ideas to Teach Kids Compassion and Have Fun too.

It is now well into the heat of the summer. The kids may be getting bored and need some good ideas for something fun to do. What about something fun as well as something that will benefit someone else. Check the blog this week for ideas to keep the kids entertained and to also teach them how to help others.

First, do your kids know a friend or student at school or church who has a chronic disease. It could be diabetes, muscular dystrophy, kidney disease, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, leukemia, or have they suffered a brain injury? Do they know an adult at church or the neighbor hood who has an illness or disease? Is there a national society or association that does research for that particular disease and could they use a donation? How about the family? Could they benefit from a little extra cash for medical expenses or piece of equipment? Help your kids with the steps below and help them to understand how good it will feel to do something for someone else. In the process, watch the boredom disappear.

First assess the situation
  • Let the kids research and find a cause they would like to help. Use the Internet or library.
  • Make a list of ways they could raise a small amount of money to help their cause.

Then begin to plan.

  • Decide who will help with the project
  • Find out what materials you need for your project and estimate if there is a cost.
  • Set a time line for your project.

Next, implement or start your project

  • Make the items needed or write the play you will perform. Maybe you will plan games or have a bake sale. The ideas are endless.
  • Get the word out.
  • Ask adults for help when needed
  • Time for your project

Evaluate the success of the project.

  • How can you make it better?
  • Do you want to do the same thing again next summer?
  • Have you learned anything from your experience?
  • Who did you help?
Watch the blog the rest of the week for both ideas on projects to raise funds for a friend or research group in need, and for sources that could benefit from your generosity. If you have an idea but don't know where to send the funds you raise, email me and I will find a legitimate organization that will accept your donation. Just remember, boredom is not an option.


Lisa Kirby said...

Hi, Terri,

This was a wonderful idea. There have been a few fundraisers of this type in our community this year.

I hope you're having a good day...

Lisa Kirby

Theresa Schultz said...

Hi Terri,

I love the idea of having a theme for your posts this week. And what a great idea - having fun and helping others.


Judy said...

Hi Terri,

Another wonderful post - having a theme can start a trend - I think you could do that with no problem.

I always love your insight.

Take care,