November: Empathy
The ability to understand and share feelings of another

In November, students will imagine putting themselves in someone else’s shoes, thinking about how others feel, and considering their feelings in the decisions they make. They will understand how being an active listener is a valuable skill when building relationships, and learn to acknowledge others feelings without judgement.


Home-to-School Connection
Practice empathy at home with your child! Please choose from the following options or create your own.

Make time to talk, take time to listen...
Select as many questions as you would like to discuss. These questions are intended to serve as a starting point for you and your child to learn more about yourselves and each other.
How do I know if what I do makes others happy?  PS41/NovTalk
How can I learn about what others are feeling?
What do people do when they need help?                  
What could I do to be more understanding of others and their feelings?
What does it mean to put yourself in someone else’s shoes? Why is this important?
How can you show someone that you understand their feelings?
If someone I know looks upset, what can I do to show them I care?
What is the difference between empathy and sympathy?
How would you feel if someone did that to you?  Base this question on something that has happened in your child’s life or when reading a story to discuss an action of a character.
How are people affected by gossip or rumors?
How can I learn to understand others point of view?