The Giving Book by Ellen Sabin is an incredible tool to help early elementary school kids understand and set their own charitable priorities. This book is one part journal, one part work book, and one part cheerleader for the task of doing good.
Two pages of this book are reserved for kids to keep track of the things they are thankful for, which most of will be doing in one way or another this weekend. Our family, for instance, will be spending some time on Thursday filling out the already-painted leaves of our Thankful Garland, an idea courtesy of the blog No Time for Flash Cards.
In The Giving Book, the pages immediately after the “thankful” list are devoted to a new list. It asks kids to list their “wishes for other people and the world.” Some time after the tryptophan fog lifts, I hope to prompt the girls with this question too. After setting down on paper all the things we are thankful for, it may be easier to identify our hopes and goals for others, at least for the rest of this holiday season.
I already have a few good ideas of course, from some of the free items mentioned the other day to the irresistible old standby of donating presents to our local shelter or Toys for Tots. Thanks to The Giving Book though, I am inspired to give the girls, especially Miss Kindergarten, the space and the tools to identify meaningful giving opportunities for herself.
I’ll let you know how it goes.
To be honest, The Giving Book is the first book I’ve posted here that hasn’t already been tested on the kids. I ordered it simply to place under the tree for Miss Kindergarten. I’m reasonably confident that she’ll love the workbook/journal exercises, along with the many places to add pictures and drawings. Plus it has already given me some good ideas about how to make our family volunteering a bit more intentional and kid-directed.
Let me know if you have tested this book with your kids! What did they think?