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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Promptness; Character Education 15

Olin Miller: If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.
Unkown Author: Time can be our mater slave.  It depends only on how we use it.

Simply put, being prompt is being on time.  It means to hand in paperwork or homework on time and doing chores when requested.  Promptness means giving ourselves enough time to reach our deadlines and that we take responsibility when we are late.  Being late holds other people up, whether late to school or to a job.  Being ready and on time, shows respect to us and to others.  We can control our lives by controlling our time.  Procrastination hinders our ability to be prompt.

Time Line
Make individual time lines, or one time line as a family or classroom.  The time line can be for 1 full day, 1 school schedule, or a week of activities.  

More Activities:
Brainstorm what we can do to help us keep on time.

Discuss what can happen if people are late.  For example: The school bus driver is late to work, the school children are picked up late and arrive to school late, the teacher has to stop the class and repeat instructions again for the late children, a school activity is not done because there is not enough time...

Suggested Storys:
Clocks and More Clocks, by Pat Hutchins; Younger
The clocks all through the house are set at slightly different times.  What should Mr. Higgins do?  He does not know which clock has the right time.  Mr. Higgins is in for a big surprise when the Clockmaker shows him they are all the correct time.

The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Pressure, by Stan & Jan Berenstain; Younger
The bear family commit themselves to too many activities and they stress themselves out to the point of needing to be more selective in what they choose to do with their time.

Chasing a Dream, by Melissa Harding; Older   Chicken Soup for the Soul, Just for Teenagers
Melissa works diligently for the State Cross Country race, but things do not go according to her plans.

Time 4 Kids and Teens: Time Management Student Workbook, by Elizabeth Franklin; Older
Time 4 Kids and Teens is an introduction to students about time management skills and encourages prioritizing time choices.  It teaches children to have a healthy self image and life skills.  The book is suitable for older elementary to middle school students.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Retaliation, Think About it & Solving a Problem; Conflict Resolution 6

Most children feel that if they have been wronged, even if it was unintentional, that they need to do something back in return.  Retaliation usually start fights that can become nasty and even violent.  Children need to learn the pointlessness and consequences of retaliating.  Some wrong doing is by accident, and wrong doing that is on purpose needs to be handled without retaliation. 
Mini Story:
Bobby came over to Michael’s house and brought his Hot Wheel cars for them to play with.  Bobby loves his Hot Wheels more than any toy he has.  Michael accidentally lost one of Bobby’s cars, and they start arguing about it.   Michael apologizes to Bobby saying that he didn’t mean to lose the car.  Bobby became angry and left Michael’s house and went home.  Bobby’s mother said that Michael did not need to replace the lost car, since Bobby was not supposed to take the Hot Wheel cars out of their house, in the first place. 

A few weeks later an argument between Michael and Bobby broke out at school, when Michael’s art work was stuffed in the trash.  Bobby took a picture Michael had made in art and threw it away; he didn’t think Michael would see him, but he did.  Michael said he would never play with Bobby again!

Think About It:
1. Why did Bobby throw Michael’s art work away?

2. Was it retaliation?

3. Should Bobby have thrown Michael’s art work away, since Marcus lost his cars? 

4. How do you think Bobbie felt when Michael caught him throwing the art work away?

Solving a Problem:
Go over, Solving A Problem, worksheet.  Practice saying it out loud, and coming up with solutions, and asking yourself if the solution will work.  Use the worksheet as a guide, and have some children solve the problems below.

1. A child taped a sign on your back that said loser.
2. You receive a low grade on your report card and are upset.
3. A student pushed in front of you in the lunch line at school.
4. Your friend accidentally lost a book they borrowed from you.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Bullying Questionnaire & My Name Is; Bully 8

My Name Is
Children often tease other children who are different than they are and do not always realize how cruel it is.  Read the stories below and discuss them.  Ask the child/children to put themselves in the shoes of Adar, Nenad, and Patty.  How would they feel if they were treated this way, and are they willing to do what’s right and vow not to tease anyone.

My name is Adar and I am from Irac.  My family is Chaldean, and we left Irac because of the bombings in our town.  I still jump and feel frightened at the slightest noise.  Now I live here and am teased at school every day.  My English is not good but I am trying to learn.  I just want to get to know the other kids without being made fun of.

My name is Nenad and I am from Bosnia.  My country has many poor people and I use to beg on the streets for food.  I now live here and am happy to have a warm place to live and food to eat.  It is still hard being somewhere so far away with different customs.  I have had little school before now, and the kids at school call me stupid and make fun of my name.  It does not feel good and I hate to go.

My name is Patty and I moved here from Boston, Massachusetts.  Where I am from we do not pronounce R’s like most people in other states.  If I say I’m going to a party, it might sound like I’m saying, I’m going to a paty.  The other children laugh at me and mimic me all of the time, and it makes me feel terrible.  I try not to talk as much as I can so that I will not be mocked. 

Bullying Questionnaire
Have the child/children fill out the Bullying Questionnaire.  The parent or teacher reads the questions out loud, and explains anything needed as you go.  This is a questionnaire for the children to understand i'ts okay to ask for help if they feel they are being bullied.  Also for children who may not realize they have bully behavior, to hopefully recognize it.  Go over who the children can go to if they need to confide in someone about bullying.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Courtesy; Character Education 14

English Proverb: Speaking without thinking is like shooting without taking aim.
Author Unkown: Fundamentally, good manners are the embodiment of one's moral respect and consideration of others.

Courtesy is to be polite, using good manners, keeping hands and feet to self, showing consideration to others and respecting someones space.  Thoughtful and polite people get along with each other better.  Saying and hearing the words, please, thank you, can I help you, and nice to meet you can brighten a persons day.  Being courteous to each other brings about a society of civility.  Courtesy means being aware of the people around you and treating them with respect and kindness.

Scroll down for outline to make phone

Eddycat Teaches Telephone Skills, by Ada Barnett, Pam Manquen, and Linda Rapaport; Younger
This book is a good beginning in using telephone manners and skills.

Dude, That's Rude!: (Get Some Manners), by Pamela Espeland;Older
The basics of polite behavior with full color cartoons and kid friendly text.  Manners at home and school, and why their family deserves their best manners.

How Rude!: The Teenagers' Guide to Good Manners, Proper Behavior and Not Grossing People Out, by Alex J. Packer
This is an etiquette book teens will want to read.  It will keep them laughing, isn't preachy, and deals with issues that matter to them. 

Activity: Good Manners

Write or draw about the importance of good manners.  

More Activities:

1. With a real unplugged phone, have children practice good phone manners.

2. Brainstorm ways of showing manners other than using words, (sitting still, behavior with guests or at assemblies, not talking in a theater when the show is on, keeping hands and feet to self...).

3. Respecting someones space is being courteous.  Write about what it means to respect someones space. 

4. Have children introduce each other; look at the person and introduce by name.  Joy, this is my friend Missy, Missy, this is my friend Joy.  Joy and Missy respond with, Nice to meet you.  You can involve a handshake if you wish.

Eddy Cat Teaches Telephone Skills:
Copy border page.  Copy telephone on colored paper.  Cut out and glue together.  Take a toilet paper roll and cut around the roll at a slight angle to make telephone cord, and glue on.