Obedience is “doing my duty with a good attitude.”

Obedience is not just about rules, regulations, and punishment. It is really about cooperating with one another in order to have a safe and orderly school, home, and community. Think of the peace and freedom you enjoy when neighbors respect one another and obey the law—and the chaos that follows when there is no law and order. Obedience makes teamwork and cooperation possible by clarifying your duty and doing it to the best of your ability.

Obedience does not mean following orders blindly. For example, you should not steal or cheat, even if someone tells you to. Everyone should obey the law and do what is right, including the people in charge of you.

I Will:

  1. Follow instructions quickly.
  2. Complete what I am expected to do.
  3. Have a cheerful attitude.
  4. Go the "extra mile."
  5. Not obey a wrong command.

Discussion Starters:

  • Why is it important to follow the rules?
  • How does obedience keep things running smoothly at school?
  • Does obedience mean you should follow someone blindly?
  • If you are told to do something wrong, who can you go to for help?

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

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