Courage is “overcoming fear so I can do what is right.”

Courage begins by knowing what is good, true, and right. This gives you confidence that you are heading in the right direction.

Another way to build courage is to think through what you should do in specific situations. For example, what should you do if you wake up and hear a smoke alarm in your home? What should you do if a stranger asks you to get into his car? What should you do if you see someone being teased or bullied?

Thinking ahead will help you overcome fear and make better choices when you face strange, difficult, or frightening situations. When you know something is good and true, stand up with courage instead of hiding in fear. You never know how your boldness and bravery will inspire others to stand up for what is true, right, and just.

I Will:

  1. Know the truth.
  2. Get help when I am afraid.
  3. Do what is right.
  4. Be willing to stand alone.
  5. Help those who are bullied or abused.

Discussion Starters:

  • Why is courage important?
  • Who can you talk to when you feel afraid?
  • Share an example of someone who showed courage in a story or movie.
  • Imagine your friends are picking on someone new at school. What could you say or do?

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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 Courage Curriculum.

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Read the full nature story in the Courage Curriculum.