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During March parent volunteer read The Empty Pot, by Demi. This Chinese traditional tale teaches children the value of courage, honesty, integrity, responsibility, and perseverance (CHIRP). These tools will empower students to value being true to themselves even when it is not easy. The story can be viewed online: https://youtu.be/nSoqBWPq8U0
This book illustrates the importance of attitude and behavior in building character. The message emphasizes trying your best, trusting yourself and your own judgment to make a good decision. Honesty makes trust bloom. In the discussions and lesson, these developmental assets and character traits were defined as:
- Courage-Acknowledge your accomplishments, even if they fall short of the goal.
- Honesty-Telling the truth even when it’s not easy.
- Integrity-Having a personal moral code and sticking to it no matter what. Doing the right thing and feeling good about it.
- Responsibility-Taking ownership for your own behavior.
- Perseverance-Working hard at a task until the end.
There are several ways you can extend this lesson at home:
- Notice, name and celebrate when:
- You or your child say or do something as an UPstander.
- Tell the truth when it is hard to do so.
- Point out when you or your child accomplish a goal.
- Celebrate small and large accomplishments especially when you try your best.
- Look for examples of family, friends, and neighbors who model positive values.
- Make a family list of what you say and do to promote your family’s positive values.
Keep your expectations realistic and allow for mistakes. Making and then learning from mistakes enables your child to understand how to live life with integrity and honesty. Your children watch everything you do and say—it’s how they learn to behave. You are the most important role model in your child’s life! Your own behavior is, as always, the best teaching tool.
In April volunteers will read "One" by Kathryn Otoshi.
Thank you for your support!