Nurturing Character through Small Acts of Kindness
Character is an essential aspect of early childhood development.
At Q-dees, we continuously strive to create fun and meaningful learning opportunities that inculcate good character values for our children.
From school celebrations to special events, these experiences aim to equip children with values that inspire them to become changers of the world who will bring positive impact to the community.
This year, Q-dees brings you the ‘20 Deeds in 20 Days with Q-dees challenge’ (#20Qdeeds20Days) as an initiative to impart character education to young children through performing small acts of kindness such as sharing, helping, giving, and many more with their beloved family and friends.
As the name of the challenge suggests, all 20 deeds—presented in a checklist—are spread in 20 days from April 21, 2021 to May 10, 2021.
The #20Qdeeds20Days challenge is also organised in tandem with this year’s Q-dees donation drive to raise funds for the children of SUKA Society, a non-governmental organisation established in 2010 “to protect and to preserve the best interests of children”.
Through this challenge, Q-dees children will also contribute by creating and submitting a Raya-themed artwork in which for every artwork submitted, Q-dees will donate RM1.00 to SUKA Society.
Let us take a closer look at what each deed of the day entails:
For the first day of the challenge, Q-dees children will make their own donation bottles. For every deed completed, they will put an amount of money into the bottle and by the end of this challenge, the sum will be donated to SUKA Society or any other preferred charity organisation.
Here’s how to create the donation bottle:
To commemorate the United Nations Chinese Language Day, Q-dees children will need to learn 3 idioms from the Q-dees Mandarin programme and their meanings. Here are the 3 idioms:
Parents, be part of this activity by helping your child learn these idioms!
Today is the Earth Day. Q-dees children will learn about the impacts of littering on Mother Earth. All they do to tick this deed off the list is to pick up three (3) pieces of litter and throw them into the rubbish bin. Let’s make Mother Earth happy!
The fourth day is all about sharing! This deed nurtures a sharing habit within your child. Ask your child to share their favourite storybook with a friend today. Don’t have a storybook? Any story will do, as long as it is shared.
Raya is fast approaching. So, this day’s deed builds up the excitement for Raya. To tick this deed off their checklist, Q-dees children need to make this eco-friendly craft for Raya.
Once done, they will give their craft to a friend or a family member.
This challenge also teaches your child to do good deeds for animals. For this deed, simply ask your child to say “Hello” to their pet(s) or any animals that they see today. Talk to your child about the importance of loving animals by singing this short ‘Si Comel’ song:
This day’s deed is all about learning to lend a helping hand. Encourage your child to help you with the house chores. Then, you can do the same too by offering your child help whenever they need.
Day 8 and Day 9
As we continue to practise physical distancing to curb the COVID-19 virus, no-touch greetings and farewells have become more important than ever to express politeness.
Days 8 and 9’s tasks lets our Q-dees children learn that smiles and words are all they need to show that they care for their loved ones.
Let’s follow our children’s footsteps in safely greeting and bidding farewell to people with these simple hellos and goodbyes.
Ramadan is more than refraining from eating and drinking. It’s the time to practise kindness, patience, modesty and perseverance.
While young children may not have the ability to fast like adults do, we must acknowledge their effort—no matter how big or small— and cheer them on.
And likewise, they should encourage those who are fasting by cheering them on with positive words.
On this day, Q-dees children either keep it up themselves or tell someone who is fasting to keep it up. They also learn the yeses and no-no’s of Ramadan to understand the meaning of the month and to respect those who observe it.
This day’s deed focuses on developing your child’s self-help skills. All they need to do is make the bed on their own. If your child needs a little bit of help, make the bed together!
There are many ways to express our feelings and emotions but today’s deed teaches our young children to express themselves through songs.
The ‘I Love Your to Bits’ song is all about expressing love to our parents. Ask your child to sing the song for you!
This deed again reinforces your child’s self-help skills through a mini routine list that consists of small tasks in which they must do on their own. Your child can only tick this deed off the list, once all the tasks on the mini routine list are complete. Don’t worry, these tasks are simple!
Ever had to deal with angry children, or been angry yourself?
Let’s learn how to control our anger! Ask your child, “What should we do when we feel angry?” and if they say, “Take a deep breath, count to two, and I’ll be as good as new”, the deed is done for the day.
Some idioms—no matter in what language—promote character-building values. At Q-dees, we take idioms very seriously. So much so that we not only incorporate idioms in our language programmes, but also reinforce the understanding of idioms in the #20Qdeeds20Days.
On this day, our children learn the meaning of the peribahasa ‘baik hati’ and ways to apply it to the real world.
Hari Raya Aidilfitri is just around the corner and we can’t wait to celebrate it!
Last year’s Raya taught us to be more compassionate and understanding towards people from all walks of life.
As we continue to prioritise the community’s safety and welfare, Q-dees is collaborating with SUKA Society to extend the same love and care to less privileged children in Malaysia during this festive season.
And, we want YOU to be part of this by taking on our Day 16’s task of the #20Qdeeds20Days challenge.
- Complete one of the five Q-dees Raya artworks (given to your child)
- Take a picture of the completed artwork and upload it on your Facebook or Instagram page with the hashtag #20Qdeeds20Days.
- Visit your nearest Q-dees centre to submit the artwork.
- For direct monetary donations, go to our fundraising page: www.give.asia/qdees-raya-sukasociety
*100% of the donations go directly to SUKA Society to support and empower less privileged children in Malaysia
Today, your child must put their creative hat on to start working on their Raya artwork for the Q-dees donation drive. Encourage your child to be as creative as they can! Tick off this deed and tune in to the Q-deesTV channel on Youtube to catch our exclusive Raya Tetap Raya short animation video.
Let’s check up on our closest relatives today. For this deed, all your child needs to do is record a video message in which they tell their relatives how much they love them. Don’t forget to share the video message with us too by uploading the video on your Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #20Qdeeds20Days
Mother’s Day is coming up so this deed is about preparing a gift for mummy! Join in the fun and complete this deed with your child by making this Mothers Day card together. Here’s how:
Mother’s Day is here! For today’s deed, recite this lovely poem together with your child and express your affection for one another.
“I am grateful for your compassion
Love unconditionally, you do without a rest
You give me the strength to carry on
Mummy, you’re the best!”
Share with us a video of both of you reciting the poem and the deed for the day is done by uploading it on your Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #20Qdeeds20Days !
To ensure your child’s participation in the challenge, take a picture or record a video of them doing the deeds. Then, upload the pictures and videos on your Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #20Qdeeds20Days.
And that’s all the deeds for the 20 Deeds in 20 Days with Q-dees challenge. As you can see, every deed is intended to seed good values within children through activities that also incorporate the aspect of fun into learning.
Through these deeds, we educate the children on the different ways to contribute towards the community, the ecosystem, and the environment. We hope to empower our children in believing that they too can bring change and transformation to the world.
What are you waiting for? Let’s take part in the 20 Deeds in 20 Days with Q-dees challenge and make a difference in the lives of those in need today!