Caring -

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Resource Type: Peula in: English
Age: 7-12
Group Size: 10-50
Estimated Time: 45 minutes

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Resource Goal
  1. To make the chanichim aware of caring for their closet circle

  2. To help the chanich identify what values he cares about most.

Required Props & Materials

1.value cards

2.sentences (discussion option 2)

3.papers in 3 colors

Resource Contents

Step 1 -Icebreaker game

1. Twisted hand game: stand in a circle ,each chanich has to give his twisted hands to two chanichim that arent standing next to him, the chanichim should then return to the original circle without letting go off their hands.

2. Human table (zach)

3. Divide your chanichim into pairs. Cover the eyes of one of each pair; tell that chanich to go some where in the room. Now tell the second chanich to lead his partner to a place in the room. You can also switch between the chanichim and do the exercise again.

Talk about the game with the chanichim.

Ø Did you need each others help?

Ø Did you feel that the friend who was leading you around cared about you?

Step 2 -Active discussion:

The goal of this discussion is to present your chanichim different values, and they have to decide which value they care about mostly.

Option 1: place on the floor cards with different values. Every chanich should make his own card list .on the top-the value that is most important to him, on the bottom-a value that he cares about least.

Show the chanichim the differences between their lists and discuss them.

Option 2: write on three different big papers:

I feel sorry for him, but I cant do anything

I will defiantly do something about it

I dont care

Read loud one at the time these scenarios. After every scenario the chanichim should stand on the paper that expresses their feeling.

Avi is sick, so he missed school today. He missed a very important physics class.

What will you do?

A chanich who feels that he would do something what will you do?

If you have a test tomorrow will you still help him catch up on what he missed?

Your friend might not make the baseball team, because he isnt good at one thing that you are really good at.

How do you feel?

What is more important- helping him or your chances to get into the team?

How could helping him affect your friend

A popular group of girls/boys in your class is making fun of a new student that has just joined your class recently.

  • What would you do?

  • Your best friend tells you that if you become the new girls friend, she doesnt want anything to do with you. Does it change anything?

  • What are some ways you can help the new girl?

A friend of yours lied to his parents. He told them he is going to your house but he really went to a place he is not allowed to go to on his own.

What will you do?

Do I have to care about the relationship between my friend and his parents?

If his mother calls me what should I tell her?

You can read the stories or let the chanichim act out the scenes. Your questions are meant to make the chanichim stay/move in their positions and explain why.

Option 3: read the scenarios loudly. Give each chanich 3 different colored papers. They should say their opinion by raising one of the papers.

Step 3 - summary:

Talk to the chanichim about the importance of caring about something. Encourage them to feel more responsible to the members of the group. Caring about someone starts with saying good morning or asking, How are you. You can give your chinchim an example of someone in history that changed something in the world because he cared.

(Holocaust / science / politics)

You can also give your chanichim this paragraph, from the diary of Dasi Rabinowitz, a rosh sniff in Efrat, Israel that died from cancer when she was 19.This letter was a massage she left on a voice mail of her friends

 Circles of joy

Dasi Rabinowitz zl

Every one of us has a circle has a circle in their heart that is called The Circle of Joy.

And this circle sometimes its very very very small.

And sometimes sometimes it grows and grows and grows and grows,

And then it becomes as big as the whole body.

And when it grows and grows and becomes as big as the whole body then it sends little circles to all the parts of the body, hidden parts that sometimes hurt us a bit.

As long as there are more little circles in the body then fewer places hurt and thats how it helps.

But how does this circle grow?

The circle grows when people from outside send it all sorts of things:

They send flowers.

They give candy.

They sing a song.

They put on a play.

They pay attention to it.

Then the circle grows and sends little circles to everyone circles of Joy.

And we have to remember that sometimes we have a circle of joy thats normal size, but someone else next to us has one thats a little bit too small and we want to help that circle grow. Then we find ways to make it happy:

Sing to it.

Dance for it.

Bring it a flower.

Say: Good morning! How are you?

Drawing it a picture.

Or whichever thing we do.

Everyone thinks of a way, and sometimes its even a bit annoying

But it is important that we do it.

But the most important thing we shouldnt say:


What do you want?

We did it already!

Rather really show that person that we did it happily so that he wont feel bad, wont think we didnt mean it.

May you always be fortunate enough to create thousands of circles of joy and may your circle of joy be always expanded by others. Then your smile will grow,

and then everyones...

And the world will be full of good.

Related Resources can be found under:

» All > Between Man and Himself > Middot

» All > Bein Adam l'Chavero > Helping Others

» All > Bein Adam l'Chavero > Giving

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