Elementary Curriculum The Character First elementary curriculum presents timeless character traits in a bold, fresh manner. These lessons are designed for students in public school, private school, home school, day care, summer camp, or any other educational setting. Click on each character quality for free lessons, activity sheets, craft templates, and videos. Or browse our [...]
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Cautiousness Cautiousness is “taking the time to make sure the right decision is made or action is taken”. Cautiousness comes from the Latin root cautio meaning “wariness; heedfulness; circumspection; caution.” Cautiousness is not hasty. A cautious person matches appropriate actions with appropriate timing. They avoid rash decisions and are alert for possible problems. Practicing [...]
About Character LibrariesThe history of this site begins back in 1992 when Tom Hill founded Character First. His goal was to help employers and employees develop a common understanding of character, what it is and why it is important.The Character First Business bulletins were the first publication created and they covered 49 character qualities for [...]
Character First Education Qualities Elementary The Character First elementary curriculum presents timeless character traits in a bold, fresh manner. The following qualities are included in our elementary curriculum and each page offers downloads that correspond with the curriculum, available at CharacterFirstEducation.com Attentiveness Determination Honesty Responsibility Availability Diligence Initiative Self-Control Cautiousness Discretion Loyalty [...]
Thoroughness Thoroughness is “taking care of details and doing my best”. Thoroughness is a quality that deals with details as well as the big picture. A thorough person sees a project through to the end leaving no detail incomplete; while also keeping in mind the overall purpose and timing of the project. I Will: [...]
Sensitivity Sensitivity is “carefully using my senses so I can better respond to the people and situations in my life” Sensitivity comes from the Latin word sentio, meaning “to sense; to perceive,” as in a sense of touch. In the human body, the five senses are used to help us stay aware of our surroundings; [...]
Punctuality Punctuality is "showing respect for other people and their time." Being on time takes preparation and forethought. It requires using your time wisely. This means that you do not waste time or allow yourself to be distracted. Prioritize the most important projects or classes and give yourself enough time to prepare. This allows [...]
Initiative Initiative is "recognizing and doing what needs to be done before I am asked to do it". Initiative has to be balanced with patience and dependability. You cannot shirk your responsibilities in one area to show initiative in a different area. A person who shows initiative will not only demonstrate to those around [...]
Generosity Generosity is “being careful with what I have so that I can share.” Generosity does not only mean giving other people your money and things. It also means giving your time, attention, hard work, patience, kind words, and talents to help and encourage others. It is not always easy to treat other people [...]
Dependability Dependability is "doing what I said I would do, even when it is difficult". Dependability comes from the Latin prefix De- meaning “down” or “from” and pendere meaning “to hang.” Combined, those terms mean “to hang from.” A swing can hang from a tree branch, window washers can hang from the top of a skyscraper, and mountain [...]