Old Proverb: Good thing comes to those who wait.
Chinese Proverb: Patience and the mulberry leaf becomes a silk robe.
Patience is the ability to endure waiting, or delaying gratification without becoming annoyed or upset. It is waiting with the right attitude. Patience can help develop the ability to think through and resolve problems. It's not always easy to wait, especially for children, however waiting patiently becomes easier if we find ways to occupy our time through reading, thinking up a story, or thinking about what we enjoy. We often become impatient with others over what we expect from them; it is not only important to be patient with ourselves, but also with others. A good example of patience are the steps it takes to reach a goal, or the patience it takes to learn to ride a bicycle.
The Carrot Seed, by Ruth Krauss; Younger
A young boy is told that his carrot will not grow. After a long time of pulling weeds, watering and patience the carrot finally grows, and it is huge.
Art Activity: Carrot
Scroll down to bottom of patience for outline, copy carrot and leaves, cut out and glue the leaves onto the carrot.
The Wright Brothers, by Quentin Reynolds; Older
The Wright brothers inventions were always a step ahead from everyone else. It took numerous tries, but they invented the worlds first flying machine.
Sitting for 1 minute seems like a long time when watching the clock, (Can use an egg timer). With color pencil or crayon write the word, Patience, on a piece of paper. Sit and quietly watch the clock for 1 to 3 minutes (depending on the age). Take a different color pencil/crayon and trace over the word, Patience. Watch the clock for another 1 to 3 minutes. Continue with this process. When you are finished, children can cut around the word and glue it on a piece of colored construction paper.
1. The following group games help teach patience.
*Red Light Green Light
*Mother May I
2. Baking takes patience and is a wonderful teaching tool.
3. Grow a plant. The time it takes to plant, water, care for the plant, and watching it slowly grow is a wonderful payoff. At home each child can plant their own plant, or as a family a vegetable can be grown. For classrooms each child can grow a small plant, or have one classroom plant.
4. Playing board games is a good way to teach patience, since everyone takes a turn. Set up the game and read the rules out loud so each player is aware of how to play the game. When you read the rules, stress the importance of giving each player time to play their own turn.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.
Activity: The Salad
1. Compliment day. Have children practice giving compliments. Make a list of compliments to choose from in case children need help. Make sure every child receives a compliment.
2. In character education, tolerance means acceptance. Discuss the difference in tolerating and accepting. (Accepting means not to pre-judge on appearance or customs that are strange to us). There are situations no one should tolerate such as lying, stealing, or abuse. In this case find a trusted adult to talk to.
3. Brainstorm a list of foods that originated from other countries.
4.We may look different from each other, but otherwise people all over the world are alike. Brainstorm all of the ways people are alike. (Food, shelter, clothing, need to feel loved, need air to stay alive, grow old...).
5. Stereotypes; Representations that are not accurate, or, an oversimplified standardized image of a person or group. Make a list of stereotypes such as, all Italians can sing, all girls are not good at math.
Author Unknown: That which I respect I do not harm.
English Proverb: Speaking without thinking is like shooting without taking aim.
Respect is showing consideration to yourself, other people and their property; treating others as you would like to be treated. We show respect when we are sensitive to the feelings of other people. When we treat someone with respect we show they are valuable to us. Respect is having an appreciation for other peoples differences and cultures. We show respect by how we talk to someone, the tone of voice used, and what the meaning of our words are. Just as important is how we listen while someone is speaking to us. When people tease, spread gossip, and call people names, they are not only disrespecting someone else, they are disrespecting themselves.
Ladies First is about a young girl who always puts herself first ahead of others. She did not show respect to anyone. In the end, being first did not work out so well.
Art Activity; Scroll down to the bottom of respect for outlines, enlarge and print out paw print, leaves, and wording on white paper. Cut around items and glue on white paper.
The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss; Older
The main theme of this story is to be kind to the earth; have respect for the place we live. In a fun way the story address' greed, what happens when bad choices are made, and in the end making amends. It is in the Dr. Seuss whimsical rhyming style, delightful creatures, and a powerful message.
Art; Truffula Trees
1.For one day have children call each other by their last name using Ms. or Mr.; they will feel special and feel respected.
2. Fold a piece of paper in two to make two columns. On one side write Benefits, and on the other side write Challenges. America is a country called the melting pot because there are so many different nationalities living here. Brainstorm and make a list of the benefits of living with people from other cultures, and what the challenges are of living with people from different cultures.
3. Show respect with good listening skills. Have children brainstorm what good listening skills are. Practice listening skills as a group. The parent or teacher models a roll play with a child. Select two people at a time to roll play good listening skills. With a large group you may want to select 6 people to roll play. Give ideas of topics to talk about like your pets, a vacation, what do you do on the weekends. The person talking, talks for 1 or 2 minutes. It is fun for the parent or teacher to demonstrate what NOT to do while listening before the roll plays begins. Role Play Rule: Be respectful and absolutely NO laughing during the role plays. Clap at the end.
Elbert Hubbard: A cheerful loser is a winner.
Arabic Proverb: Ask me what is my virtue, not what is the color of my skin.
The definition of fairness is, not favoring one above another. The most basic description of fairness for young children is taking turns. Fairness is to see things from the other side, or the other point of view. Fairness is getting to know someone without pre-judging them. It does not insure equality, but it tries to insure equal opportunity. Stereotypes and prejudice are not fair to anyone.
Berenstain Bears; The Trouble With Chores by Stan and Jan Berenstain; Younger
Papa Bear and the cubs don’t want to do chores! Is that fair to Mama Bear? What will happen if Mama Bear stops cleaning up since no one will help her?
Harvesting Hope (The Cesar Chavez Story), by Kathleen Krull; Older
Activity; The Egg
(Needed: clear drinking glass, 1 cup water, 1 fresh egg, 1/4 cup salt, and a tablespoon).
Place 1 cup water in the glass. Name your egg; I am calling the egg Bob. Do not use a name of anyone present or in the classroom/troop. Carefully add Bob (the egg), to the glass. Explain that Bob represents someone who is not being treated fairly, and the unfair treatment continues over and over. Bob has sank to the bottom of the glass which represents how he feels. He feels like someone who is sad, mistreated, depressed, and defeated.
Remove the egg from the water. Add salt 1 tablespoon at a time. As you stir in every tablespoon of salt, explain that the salt represents all of the ways to show fairness toward other people. (Give examples): Taking turns, being honest, treating others with respect, helping someone who is not being treated fairly.
After all of the salt has been stirred in, carefully place Bob back into the water. Explain: If Bob has been treated fairly, he floats! Now Bob feels supported with kindness, feels accepted by others, and is being treated fairly.
1. Playing fair is playing by the rules. There are rules so that everyone has a fair chance to win. Take a game everyone knows. Brainstorm the rules of the game.
2. Saying statements like, He's too big, she can't do it, or all children are mean, are pre-judging statements. Brainstorm a list of comments that pre-judge. Pre-judging is not treating someone fairly.
3. A classroom has rules that students raise their hand before speaking. Brainstorm what would happen if anyone could talk whenever they liked, what problems might come up, and why it isn't fair.
4. Discuss: What if only people with green eyes could drive, or only people with blue eyes could vote? Is it fair? Does it pre-judge? (Why or why not?)
4. What if people wore bracelets that would cause an alarm to go off when a person is lying? If this bracelet existed and you could vote for this devise, would you vote to require everyone to wear one, or not?