Character Education

Character Education

August/September Responsibility - Doing what is right, being dependable, keeping your word, taking care of yourself
October Respect - treating others the way you would like to be treated
November Citizenship - sense of community, law-abiding, what you do can make a difference
December Compassion - caring, kindness, empathy, help those that cannot help themselves
January Tolerance - acceptance of others who may be different than you; allowing others to have different points of view; making distinctions between right and wrong
February Honesty - truthfulness, fairness, trustworthy
March Self-Control - thinking before you act, patience, positive influence, conflict resolution
April Integrity - doing what is right even when no one else is watching, the voice within you, not doing things you will be ashamed of
May Review all traits The WARRIOR WAY

These Characters Build Character
Should Jack have stolen the beans from the giant? Was Tom Sawyer a loyal friend to Huckleberry Finn?

Reading and discussing books together is a great way to inspire valuable character traits in your child. Try these ideas.

The road not taken. Stories are filled with choices– some good, some bad– that offer lessons in decision making. Together, read On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer and discuss what would have happened if the boy had acted responsibly. Or stop in the middle of Holes by Louis Sachar and ask, “What will happen if Stanley helps Zero? What if he doesn’t?”

And the award goes to… Hold a Character Awards Night. Brainstorm five categories, such as friendship, courage, and honesty. Then, have everyone nominate a character for each award and say why. For example, the Kindness Award could go to Snow White, and the Courage Award to Brian from Hatchet (by Gary Paulsen) for surviving alone in the wilderness.

Bring it home. Help your child compare stories she reads with her own life. Read The Homework Machine, a book bout cheating, by Dan Gutman. Ask your youngster if she has ever seen anyone cheat in school. What did she do? Exploring how characters in books handle difficult situations will help your child deal with real-life events.

-Reading Connection

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