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Character Counts



A Partnership Between School and Home


Find the "Word of the Week" Here!

* Character Education is defined as the deliberate effort to help people understand, care about and act upon core ethical values.
* Character is the inward desire to think what is morally right, to internalize what is morally right, and to actualize what is morally right.

What To Do At Home To
BUILD CHARACTER?


1. Set aside a time during the weekend, when the members of the family can discuss the character Word of the Week.
2. Read the character Word of the Week and its definition.
3. Read and discuss the "Thoughts to Ponder."
4. Have each member of the family discuss what the character Word of the Week means.
5. Discuss "My Promise."
6. Assign someone to read, explain, or re-tell one of the suggested reading books.

How Do We Build
GOOD CHARACTER?

1. Teaching Good Manners

Teaching good manners is a long process, so you might as well get used to the idea that you will be repeating things over and over again for many months to come. The best ways to effectively teach character are to:

a. Define and explain the character Word of the Week.
b. Connect the teaching of the character Word of the Week to something real that will make a lasting impression.
c. Read and relate a story that will reinforce the character Word of the Week.

2. Modeling

Modeling is consistently performing the behavior you want your children to emulate. It is learning by observation. In other words, your children will learn what is appropriate behavior by watching and imitating you. You are your children's most important role model, and your action speaks louder than your voice. If you want to teach your seven-year old, Michael, to wash his hands before eating, show him that you wash your hands. If you do this often and consistently, he will eventually form the habit of washing his hands before eating.

3. Be Patient

Good character is good habits that are learned and practiced over time. Your children will not learn them all at once, and they won't remember them all the time. It is important for you to be patient. Continue to encourage and reinforce positive behavior. Eventually, your childrens' good manners will become automatic.

4. Set Realistic Goals

Don't forget that children have limited abilities. They can focus on only one or two things at a time. When teaching or reinforcing good manners, such as answering elders or when eating at restaurants, focus on only one or two specific skills at a time. Once they have mastered those, move on to others.

5. Have a Sense of Humor

Teaching good manners will take time – sometimes a long time. Problems will occur, accidents will happen, and social gaffes will be committed. Keep smiling! Inject humor and witticism – it could bring relief.