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Dec

Teaching Character Through Literature: Humility

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The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew DaywaltThis is a humorous book with fun illustrations about crayons who become conceited and start complaining about their purpose in life. Duncan, the main character, helps address each issue and the crayons learn to value each other and cooperate. (For ages 3+) Three Cheers for Tacky by Helen LesterTacky is […]

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Nov

Teaching Character Through Literature: Gratitude

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“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”— G.K. Chesterton GRATITUDE: Being thankful and showing appreciation for those in our lives and for what we have and receive. Catch Phrase: Say thank you as much as possible. We have so much to be grateful […]

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Oct

Teaching Character Through Literature: Kindness

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“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.”— Amelia Earhart KINDNESS: Recognizing that relationships are core to who we are becoming, and therefore being tender, courteous, helpful, forgiving […]

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Sep

Teaching Character Through Literature: Diligence

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“Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful!’ and sitting in the shade.”― Rudyard Kipling DILIGENCE: Committing to doing tasks with excellence and persevering with determination and patience to complete tasks in spite of difficulties and discouragement. Catch Phrase: Do your best; don’t give up! This weekend my husband and I spent Saturday morning doing […]

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Aug

Teaching Character Through Literature: Resourcefulness

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“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”― Audrey Hepburn RESOURCEFULNESS: To act effectively and imaginatively, to use information and available resources wisely and efficiently. Catch phrase: You can figure this out! The character trait this month feels like more of a rallying cry for parents trying to navigate this summer and next school year—You […]

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Jul

Teaching Character Through Literature: Citizenship (Part 2: Black American Culture)

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“What do I owe to my times, to my country, to my neighbors, to my friends? Such are the questions which a virtuous man ought often to ask himself.”— Johann Kaspar Lavater, German poet & physiognomist (1741-1801) CITIZENSHIP: Recognizing one’s place in the greater communities (family, school, local and country) through active service and respectful […]

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Jul

Teaching Character Through Literature: Citizenship (Part 1)

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”— Margaret Mead CITIZENSHIP: Recognizing one’s place in the greater communities (family, school, local and country) through active service and respectful devotion to the community’s members, values and standards. Catch phrase: Everyone counts. This […]

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Jun

Teaching Character Through Literature: Responsibility

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We have arrived at our first Character Trait of the Month post! Each month, we will post about the featured character trait along with curated book lists that teach the trait through literature. Since June is when students most often graduate to their next level, we thought summer would be a great place to start. […]

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