Unconditional Kindness.

While it can be difficult for 3- and 4-year olds to understand the concept of fairness, Kinder kids possess an acute sense of justice. Since they are typically rule-driven and usually believe they know what’s “fair,” their sense of right and wrong can be a bit inflexible at times.

We work on the ideas of fairness all year long. Our schoolyear together begins and ends with real-time life lessons and discussions on fairness, equality and equity. Our young ones are learning that needs can be diverse, what is fair for one may not be fair for another, and equality and equity are distinctly different.

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. will also teach my Kinder kids how to understand and identify fairness and injustice.

We’ll read and discuss I am Martin Luther King, Jr. (Brad Meltzer/Christopher Eliopoulos). I love this graphic-novelesque book because his story is told in an elementary-friendly way. Above all — my kids will understand how extraordinary Dr. King was well before we get to the end of the book.

Throughout the month, we’ll also focus on noticing acts of kindness and acts of peace. (Thank you, nellieedge.com for the idea.) Red paper strips will represent kindness and white paper strips will represent peace while problem-solving. The paper strips will be available to the kids, and they’ll link the paper strips to create a paper chain. Our paper chain will be a powerful learning visual for them.

They’ll learn that kindness and peace link together each and every one of us.