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The Act of Giving

The Act of Giving Last week while driving in the car, my husband and I were discussing the need for our teenagers to volunteer and specifically our high school student for college applications. As we discussed ways for both of them to engage in their community and put forth some commitment, I realized that it felt like a chore. A chore for them and us as we tried to get them committed and active in the task. Somewhere along the line, I realized we had failed them because community service had become a “job” and not a way of life. When they were younger, our kids actively volunteered in their community through school activities and our church. They grew excited to take a name off the Angel Tree at church and pick a gift for a child at the local orphanage. They spent Christmas mornings to drive to the base and serve steak and eggs breakfasts to on-duty service members. They helped make cookies for the USO cookie drive and talked about the senior home and reading to the elderly. Where did those giving children of mine go? Why was this such a chore? Thinking back it made me realize that all the activities my children had engaged in involved their interaction with those who “benefited” from their “doing.” but who had benefited from their “service”? The act of generosity makes a person happy, in turn, it makes you happy, releasing a chemical in the brain called Oxytocin. My children had received a big dose of Oxytocin each time they engaged in activities that made them interact and see the result of their giving actions. We often feel like we have done our part by collecting food for the local pantry and donating clothing to the homeless. All of those endeavors are important and impactful but not as meaningful to children who need to experience the benefit of their efforts. When our children took a name off the angel tree and helped pick the gift; that wasn’t the end of the giving. They gathered at the community room and celebrated the Christmas with those children and got to see the joy as that child received their gift. They heard the “thank you” and saw the smile on the servicemembers face when they served them breakfast; soon after we took them to a soup kitchen in downtown San Diego. With trepidation and two sulky boys, we spent the day serving meals to homeless families. By the end of the day, our boys were talking about the people, asking questions about what more can we do, and sharing about different individuals they’d met. During those early years, our children saw beyond the lense of self and saw “the act of giving” as less than a chore and more as a rewarding interaction between people; not a job. We did these things together as a family, and we watched our kids pay it forward in their willingness to do for others, and they gained more than they gave. When we as parents stopped living it at home and in our community we failed our boys because compassion begins at home and is more than a moment but an everyday way of life. Engagement in community service becomes difficult as our children grow because it brings to mind “work"; however, community service is so much more than work and begins at home and carries over into school. Showing our children by modeling it every day in the way we open the door for the elderly or greeting people with a smile. We should encourage our children to help and not pass judgment on others different minded than ourselves. In that way, we teach our children to show compassion, understanding, and empathy; thus opening the door to doing more beyond the doors of our homes and into the community in which they live. Remember that community service starts at home and grows into the world beyond as our children become and move forward. It doesn’t begin when we make them volunteer at a shelter or collect for the less fortunate. They will continue to see through the lens of self and not through the eyes of others until they learn compassion.
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Service Learning

Why is Service Learning Important in Education?

When you want to really drive home a concept about the importance of your community and civic responsibility, service learning provides a perfect opportunity. The most effective way for students to learn concepts of such as empathy, service, and trustworthiness is through doing and for that, Service Learning provides the ultimate forum.
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7 of the Best Autumn Service Learning Projects

Autumn is one of the best times of the year to inspire a love for service learning and community volunteer work.  Use the chilly harvest months to create fresh opportunities for your children to empathize with the needs of others. They'll quickly find that the best way to enjoy Halloween and Thanksgiving is finding new ways to bring joy to those around them.    Senior Citizen Yard Work 
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5 Ways to Encourage Summertime Service Learning

 Regardless of age or grade, nearly every students always looks forward to summer vacation.  The warm summer months are often filled with exciting family trips, sports, and relaxation.  However, although school may be out for several months, we can still encourage our children to keep their minds active outside the classroom. Service learning is the perfect way to engage our children's minds and show them the importance of community involvement and good citizenship.  Although service learning opportunities are available year-round, great summer weather and flexible schedules make summer vacation the perfect time for students to learn how to reach out to others. 
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Project Based Learning

Character Education Through Project Based Learning

 Character Education through Service Learning
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Histories & Pastries

At Method Schools, we the students are dedicated to helping others, and as kids we try our best to help out every where. In class we help our classmates and in January we participated in the kindness week challenge. Our class made a list of 51 kind things to do and finished all of them in the week. On February 17th, 2017 we had a movie night to raise money for electricity in Haiti and breast cancer at City of Hope Hospital. We raised 337 dollars and we are now planning a bake sale on march 27th, 2017. We are hoping to raise even more money then we raised at the movie night and this is going toward an educational trip to Washington,DC next spring break. Hopefully it is a success and we can see YOU there! Please join us on March 27th from 2pm to 4 pm for Histories and Pastries.
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What Is Service Learning? A Student's Perspective

Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that are  meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to  learn experience, teach responsibility, and strengthen communities. Service learning is a student in community learning about service activities combined with further meanings for applying the experience to their school and personal life. It is a form of education aimed  for  students learning in course material. When compared to other forms of learning like group education. It is similar in that students have hands-on learning and independents. The  difference of service learning is its matching and balanced attention on both students learning and real needs in the community. Course learning objectives are linked to meaningful human, safety, educational, and environmental needs. Course materials such as activities like supplement the student service.   The service experience is brought back to the classroom to student work on real problems in life that make  learning fun while their social skills, responsibility, and career development. We love to help the towns and cities. We work in groups and alone for a long time.  
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Method Movie Night

Here at Method Schools™ we have this thing called service learning, we made it to help people in anyway possible. With the strength of the community here at school we can reach out to people who can’t help themselves. We do this with fundraisers gift baskets and stuff. Some of the charities and places and people we are helping right now include Haiti and The City of Hope.
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How Character Education Helps Kids Learn and Develop

Education isn't only about learning subjects such as math, English, and science. A more comprehensive definition of education addresses the emotions, personality, and character as well. Parents today are looking for schools that help their kids become healthy, balanced, and civic-minded adults. This is why character education is so important. It provides a holistic approach to learning and development. Let's explore how character education helps kids learn and develop crucial values.  
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Method Schools

What's Up Next For Method Schools?

As we approach the holiday season and 2016 winds down, I wanted to share some of the great things that are happening and will be happening as the school year progresses. We've conducted surveys and we've spoken with parents, students, and Method staff. And our dedicated team has researched the best learning tools and experiences for students. We all want nothing but the very best for Method students. It's such an exciting time as a non-educator to watch these pros do their thing. 
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