This December, first graders at AISE-Main started off their Social Studies unit, “Connections and Conflict,” by exploring feelings. They focused on how they feel, how others feel and how their actions contribute to these feelings. As the unit coincided with the holiday season, Grade 1D further learnt about the importance of spreading kindness around this time. A Christmas tree in class was decorated with a “light of kindness” (paper bulb) whenever an act of kindness was done or received in class. Additionally, a holiday kindness challenge saw each family receiving a Santa cutout, with his long beard divided into 12 sections, each a challenge. The aim was to spread kindness by cutting off the whole beard, section by section as the challenges were completed! One student, Ryan Ball, took the mission to heart, firmly embracing that spreading kindness, not presents, was the true spirit of the season. Together with his family, he completed the entire challenge earnestly, with a mini celebration marking the end. His elder sister was inspired to create her own Santa’s Beard challenge as well!