Availability is “being ready and willing to help.” This means putting others’ needs ahead of your own and lending a helping hand when you can. This might include carrying books for a teacher, unloading groceries for your mom, opening the door for someone else, cleaning up after a meal, or reading to a younger brother or sister.

Availability is similar to team sports. When individuals combine their efforts toward a common goal, they can achieve what they could not do alone. With team spirit and cooperation, victory waits just around the corner!

I Will:

  1. Put others ahead of myself.
  2. Find a way to help, not a way to hide.
  3. Be ready when I am called.
  4. Be glad for the chance to serve.
  5. Get permission before I make commitments.

Discussion Starters:

  • What happens on a team when everyone works together? What happens when they do not cooperate with one another?
  • Why should you care about others and not just yourself?
  • Can you think of a person (real or make-believe) who got involved instead of avoiding the problem? How did this person “save the day”?
  • Why should you get permission before agreeing to do something out of the ordinary?

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Learn hand motions for the poem and song. Listen to the nature story. Presented by Robert Greenlaw.

Get lyrics to the poem in the Availability Curriculum.

Get music for "Ytilibaliava" in the Songbook & CD set.

Read the full nature story in the Availability Curriculum.