The holidays are approaching, and if you are anything like me, you love this time of the year! Attending holiday events, shopping for gifts, preparing holiday meals, decorating the house, and spending time with family, are just some of the reasons the holidays are precious to me.
This year, while I was getting my holiday mojo on, I was inspired to make my kids an advent calendar. Hmmm. I didn't know how I was going to make it, but I knew it was going to involve getting rid of an old tv box that had been taking up too much space in my garage for way too long! So my desire to purge a little, mixed with my holiday mood, resulted in an epic life-sized advent calendar!
Want to make one? If so, save yourself some money by hitting the dollar store, (at least that's what I did), and pick up these items.
Practicing good manners teaches responsibility, and leads to respect. When people are polite, they feel good about themselves and others. When parents see their children behaving in a polite manner, they feel pride. When
This is the story of a silver lining that developed out of a somewhat hard transition in life.
Honesty is defined as being trustworthy, sincere and credible. Let's not forget being genuine, for that's important too. Trustworthiness is defined as being dependable, reliable, and deserving of trust. I might add being consistent in there somewhere as well. It would seem to me that honesty and trustworthiness are intertwined and complement each other well.
Have you ever had an experience dealing with someone who was extremely dishonest?
The idea of being a good citizen is powerful to kids. I remember being in first grade, and receiving a "good citizenship" award. After receiving this award in front of everyone at a school assembly, all
Kids love to have fun and play, and most kids love sports! Adults love playing and watching sports too. Go to any school during recess time, and you will find many children engaged in some sort of sport. Go to any sports bar, during playoffs, and you will find lively entertainment. It's clear people of all ages love sports!
Sports aren't just fun to play and watch. They are also healthy and team building too. But what happens when good sportsmanship turns into bad sportsmanship, and tears, yells, and unhappy
I've recently been on a video making kick, so thought I would make a video to show people what comes in a typical character education packet found in my TpT store. The packet I chose to highlight was respect. Why respect? Because respect is an essential social skill, and when people give and receive respect, amazing things can happen.
This letter was written from the heart, (my son was my inspiration for writing it). It may be used by Teachers, Specialists, or Parents due to it's multiple versions and looks. It works well as a Welcome Letter at Back To School time, or may be used anytime. It may be displayed or given to a child, and comes in multiple versions.
My Character Education - Social Skills Bundle is complete! This video gives you a feel for what the bundle looks like and includes. Suitable for multiple elementary ages and abilities, and everything comes in black & white, in addition to color.
Empathy. A good definition for kids may be the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. As adults, we know the importance of feeling heard and hearing others. When we are heard by others, we feel connected and understood. Empathy takes that one step further, as our feelings are not only heard, but also understood and shared by others. Empathy is powerful because it can comfort, calm, and diffuse intense situations. It helps others not to jump to conclusions and aids in people getting along. If we can teach this skill to our children, we can create more harmonious and peaceful
It's Been Quite a Summer!Have you been enjoying your summer? Have you been traveling? I hope vacations, family time, and gatherings have been filling up your summer calendar.
I have been home with the kiddos, arranging play dates and fun outings here and there. They are most excited about our upcoming annual family camping trip that will happen soon! By the way, if you are looking for camping tips, check out these...