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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Self Control; Character Education 9

Self Control
Seneca: The greatest remedy for anger is delay.
Olin Miller: If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.

Self control is the capability to make decisions on how and when we express our feelings.  Self control is doing the work first, and having free time afterwards; the longer we put things off, the more we will dread them.  Having self control of our words is important since once the words have been spoken, they are out in the world and it is impossible to take them back.  It is only human to speak without thinking once in awhile, but we still take the chance of hurting someones feelings.  We all get angry which is not a problem, it is how we react when we are angry that is important.  We do have the choice of when and how we express our feelings.

Go over Stop, Think, Go, and practice calming down techniques.  When counting, it should be done at a slow pace.  I don't want to get in trouble, should be repeated as many times as needed.  Scroll down to the bottom of Calm and Cool for the Stop Light outline.  Note that the example is glued on the stick up side down.

Calm and Cool
Scroll down to page 4 and 5 for an Example of how to fill out, Calm and Cool.


Did You Carry the Flag Today, Charley?, by Rebecca Caudill; Younger
Charley has to learn self control as he attends a summer preschool program.

Who Was Jackie Robinson, by Nancy Harrison; 8 and up
In 1947 Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking the color barrier in major league baseball.  Had Jackie not showed immense self control, the integration of African Americans in baseball would have been damaged.  

Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America, by Sharron Robinson; Older
Any story of Jackie Robinson is a favorite of mine.  This is a longer story of Jackie Robinson written for children, by his daughter, Sharron.  She shares memories of her famous father, who broke the color barrier in baseball. 

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