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May Virtue: Honesty

“I am a truth-teller!”

Honesty: Honesty is when you speak the truth and act truthfully.

Honesty in the Classroom includes:

  • Honesty means you say things that are true.
  • Honesty means you admit when you have made a mistake.
  • Honesty means that you tell how things really happen.

I will…

  • Follow the rules even if nobody is watching
  • Tell what really happened when someone asks me
  • Not take what isn’t mine

Practical Application: 3 Tips for Encouraging Honesty

  • Keep calm. If your kids worry about being yelled at or punished when they mess up, they won’t want to come to you with the truth. Focus on using a calm voice – yes, it can be tough, but it’s possible. That doesn’t mean kids are off the hook for lying. But instead of getting angry and assigning blame, discuss solutions to the problem with your child.
  • Emphasize ways to solve the problem. If you know your child has tracked mud into the house ask him, “What can we do to clean this up and make sure it doesn’t happen next time?” instead of asking “How did all this mud get on the carpet?” This can help head off a power struggle and allows your child to focus on a plan of action instead of fabricating an excuse. It also teaches a lesson of what they can do next time –taking off their shoes in the mudroom instead of the living room – to avoid problems.
  • Celebrate honesty.Even if you’re upset that there’s a sea of water on the floor because your daughter tried to give her dolls a bath in the sink, commend her for coming to you and telling the truth. Tell her, “I really appreciate you telling me what really happened.  I really appreciate you telling the truth and taking responsibility.”
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April Virtue: Teamwork

Working Together. Helping Each Other.

Teamwork: Working together as a group to achieve a common goal.

Teamwork in the Classroom includes:

  • Taking turns and waiting patiently
  • Listening to each others’ ideas
  • Working together to make a job easier
  • Making sure that nobody is left out
  • Encouraging everyone to do their best
  • Helping out cheerfully

I will…

  • Offer to help others
  • Make sure that everyone has a turn
  • Cheerfully do something even if it isn’t my idea
  • Say “Please” and “Thank You” when I need help
  • Find ways to play together
  • Work together to solve problems

Practical Application: 3 Tips for Encouraging Teamwork

  • Involve children in common tasks and let them know how their job is important to the final goal. (“We need to be a team at the grocery store. Will you please remember milk? We won’t be able to have cereal if we don’t have milk.”)
  • Turn household tasks into a game and suggest that you work as a team. (“Let’s see how quickly we can put clothes in the dryer if we work together. Wow! When you helped me, we finished so much faster than when I do it alone!”)
  • When you are in the community, talk about how thankful you are that everyone works together to make Sheridan a nice place to live.
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March Virtue: Self-Control

  March Virtue: Self Control

“I will do the right thing”

 Self Control:  a friendly feeling or attitude: kindness or help given to someone

Self Control in the Classroom includes:

  • Telling my teacher I want to go to the comfort cave* when I am sad.
  • Being gentle with my hands, my feet, and my words.
  • Using bubble lips when I am in the hallway.

 I will…

  • Use my words to tell others how I feel.
  • Ask a teacher if I need help solving a problem.
  • Use listening ears when other people are talking to me.

Practical Application: 3 Tips for Encouraging Self Control

  1. Play games with your child. Taking turns and following rules are good opportunities to practice self control. Active games like Red Light/Green Light, Freeze Tag and Follow the Leader give children practice being intentional about calming their bodies.
  2. Help children understand how long they will have to wait for something and suggest activities to do while they wait. Say to your child, “Grandma and Grandpa are coming over before dinner. Would you like to draw some pictures to give them?” or “As soon as I put your sister to bed, I will read you some stories. You can choose three books for us to read together.”
  3. Do activities together that require following directions. For example, put together a model, play follow the leader, or cook or bake: “I’m going to read the recipe aloud. Listen carefully so we will both know what to do. I’ll read them again as we do each step.”

*Our comfort cave has items like headphones, pillows, stuffed animals to hug, and pictures of feelings

Comfort Cave

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February Virtue: Friendship

Friendship:  a friendly feeling or attitude: kindness or help given to someone

Friendship in the Classroom includes:

  • Taking turns choosing what to play.
  • Inviting others to play with you.
  • Listening to others and working together to solve problems.

 I will…

  • Offer to help my friends if I see they are sad.
  • Greet others with their name and a smile.
  • Use gentle hands and words when I talk to my friends.

Practical Application: 3 Tips for Encouraging Friendship

  1. Talk to your children about characteristics that you see in them that would make them a good friend to others. Point out specific times that you see them being kind to others.
  2. Ask your children about who they enjoy playing with at First Light. Ask what they like to do when they play together. Help them to learn the names of their classmates and teachers.
  3. Children need to see that you value friendship as well. If you need to make a call to a friend, use the word “friend”.  Talk about what makes that person a good friend to you and ways that you are a good friend to others.
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