Next week is Character Counts! Week. I wrote about Michael Josephson’s Character Counts along with links to some great newsletters for everyone in an earlier post. Character Counts is a wonderful site with many free resources on character education. There are many extra resources available for Character Counts! Week.
These resources are ideal for educators (including homeschoolers), but they’re helpful for parents, grandparents, or any caring adults. There’s a pledge to take and parenting tips for parents with children at each age level. Check out the free Character Counts! Week resources here.
Character Counts Week is designed to inspire and celebrate character. It focuses on the six pillars of character (trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship).
Character Counts encourages the T.E.A.M. strategy at home and school:
Teach children that their character counts.
Enforce the Six Pillars of Character.
Model good behavior.
Note: for educators, in addition to the Character Counts! Week resources, there’s a Lesson Plan Bank with lesson plans for students in all levels K-12. A timely example for preschool-1st grade is an interesting lesson plan called Sharing Our Surplus Stash: A Trick-Or-Treat Twist. It’s designed to help 4-6 year olds learn about citizenship and develop an attitude of sharing/donating. And it helps get rid of some of that upcoming excess Halloween candy!
For Character Counts! Week, Character Counts even has a PDF of “7 Days of Character Ideas” (“Seven Days of Character for Adults” and “Daily Character Ideas for Kids”). Here are the adult topics for next Sunday-Saturday (Be sure to check out the free Character Counts! Week resources to read the detailed ideas for each day as well as the Daily Character Ideas for Kids!)
Sunday: Food for Thought
Monday: Caring Coupons
Tuesday: Recycle, Reuse, Reduce
Wednesday: Share the Load
Thursday: Invite a 360-Degree Appraisal
Friday: Be Patient With Bad Manners
Saturday: Help From Home (Read more about this character idea here.)
Remember the quote by John Hays Hammond:
Please join me in celebrating Character Counts! Week next week!
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