A lot is going on in the world these days, so it’s a good time to help kids learn about civics, or the rights and duties of being a good citizen. After all, being an active participant in the school or neighborhood is as important as being an active citizen in the world. And as it turns out, the dispositions that are foundational to civic engagement are directly aligned to the goals of the AIM Buddy Project, such as:
- being able to express yourself and communicate with others
- being able to negotiate and solve problems
- being able to empathize and take another person’s point of view
The five AIM interactive comics and games give kids opportunities to learn alongside Arthur and his friends as they navigate through some tricky everyday situations.
In “So Funny I Forgot to Laugh,” kids learn that having empathy—being willing to understand how someone else feels—is key to getting along with others, and treating everyone with respect and dignity.
In “Buster’s Growing Grudge” kids learn that it’s not always easy to forgive someone, but forgiveness is the best way try to work things out so you can let go of your angry or hurt feelings and move on.
Learning from Others
In “Dear Adil,” kids learn the importance of being open to learning from others, as Arthur insults a new penpal by making wrong assumptions about him. Being open to asking questions and learning about others is key to opening up a whole new world.
All of the AIM topics—empathy, forgiveness, learning from others, honesty, and generosity—are integral to living in today’s ever-shrinking world, where people from different countries and cultures are increasingly interacting with each other. And the classroom discussions sparked by these interactive comics and games is a great start for kids to learn how to live as responsible and caring citizens who can make a positive impact on the world they live in.