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 [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
Creativity Creativity is “thinking about a situation, a task, or an idea in a new way”. Creativity means finding a new or different way to view a situation or accomplish a task. Often a new idea combines different parts of already existing ideas into something new. For example, a baking recipe may have a [...]