The Olympics and Paralympics are about so much more than winning. I’ve been focusing on the Olympic and Paralympic values for character education. I shared songs about the core Olympic values of respect, excellence, and friendship. Now I’m focusing on the Paralympic values. I already shared songs about the Paralympic values of  determination and courage. Today, I’m focusing on the Paralympic value of equality.

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Olympic and Paralympic values are important for everyone, not just Olympians or Paralympians.  I’m having fun with a series of songs about Olympic and Paralympic values to add to my character education song resources. I’ve already shared songs about the core Olympic values of respect, excellence, and friendship. I also shared songs about the first paralympic value … determination. The second Paralympic value is

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I already shared songs about the core Olympic values of respect, excellence, and friendship. Both Olympic and Paralympic values are important for anyone, not just Olympians or Paralympians. The first Paralympic value is determination … so important! The other Paralympic values are courage, equality, and inspiration … also important for anyone at any time. Enjoy these free songs about determination! Free Determination Songs and Rhymes – YouTube

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Character education is one of the most important things a parent or teacher can give a child. One of the ways to do that is through a study of virtues, or positive character traits. As a parent and former homeschooler, my favorite ways to give character lessons were through religion, unit studies based on virtues, and Montessori principles and activities. I love to include

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Every Olympic Games has many inspirational stories. The best Olympic stories have less to do with winning than with the character lessons … the Olympic values … we can learn from them. In honor of this year’s Olympic Games, here are some resources to help your children and/or students learn the Olympic lessons that are most important. Note: If you’re here for the $1000 Back to School Giveaway, you’ll

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The Olympics and Paralympics are about much more than winning. Of course, I believe that all sports are about much more than winning. The Olympic and Paralympic values are great character education lessons for both children and adults. So, what are the Olympic and Paralympic values?   Core Olympic Values There are basically seven Olympic and Paralympic values. Sometimes they’re shown together, but I’ve most

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How should we approach the value of excellence? Rewards and awards aren’t part of Montessori education, but that doesn’t stop children from striving for excellence based on their inner needs. It is ideal when children (and adults) strive for excellence based on an internal need or passion. And those children and adults often find themselves the recipients of awards because of their passions. It

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June 25 is World Vitiligo Day. I want to share some of my favorite vitiligo quotes in hopes that they’ll help individuals with vitiligo who are struggling to accept their own uniqueness. Many people with vitiligo, like my daughter, have bravely accepted their vitiligo and come to embrace it as part of themselves. Here are some of their quotes. Favorite Vitiligo Quotes “If God wanted me

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Deciding on family technology rules is difficult for many families. Should you have strict rules, no rules, or something in between? You might find it helpful to know what Steve Jobs and other top tech people chose as technology rules for their families … and you might be very surprised! Family Technology Rules of Steve Jobs and Other Top Tech People Although Steve Jobs

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Do you wonder what your child needs next? Following the child is one of the most important concepts in Montessori education, both for parents and educators. It doesn’t matter what age the child is. And the best way to know how to follow the child is by quietly observing. I love this quote by Maria Montessori: “‘Wait while observing.’ That is the motto of

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As important as family is, it’s sometimes difficult to find the right words to express its importance. Many people have done a great job of that, though. Today, I want to share some of my favorite family quotes … perfect for scrapbooking, cards, and just inspiration. Best Family Quotes “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”

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Are you looking for inspiration? It’s something I love to search out and focus on each day. I try to share lots of different kinds of inspiration at Bits of Positivity. I hope I have some inspiration here to make your life happier. If you’re here for the $1000 cash giveaway, you’ll find the Rafflecopter form at the end of my post! Bits of Positivity covers

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Getting cooperation from kids is an ongoing process for parents, caregivers, and teachers. It’s also an important concept for kids who need to learn to work together with other kids … so important for any collaborative projects. I was talking with my 2½-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, about how we cooperate when we work together to do a big project. The simplest way to help her

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Even though expressing appreciation for teachers is welcomed all year round, spring has some extra special dates to remember. First comes Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Day on April 28 this year. Then comes Teacher Appreciation Week the first full week of May (May 2-6, 2016) with Teacher Appreciation Day on the Tuesday of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3, 2016). I love quotes, and they can be

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