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 [...]
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Conservation Conservation is “being a good steward of what I have.” This means paying attention to your resources, making the most of what you have, and avoiding waste or careless spending. One reason to conserve resources is so you don’t run out of what you need. For example, if a storm knocks out your [...]
Forgiveness Forgiveness is “letting go of bitterness and revenge.” Forgiveness is not a feeling, and it does not take away or excuse what others have done. Real forgiveness is recognizing the problem and all the pain and hurt that comes with it—and then choosing to let go of any bitterness, anger, and desire for [...]
Availability 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 [...]
Attentiveness Attentiveness is “concentrating on the person or task before me.” Not only does this help you learn, but it shows how much you value the person or project in front of you. Attentiveness isn’t always easy, especially in today’s multi-media and fast-paced world. Sometimes you have to silence your phone, turn off the [...]
Courage 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 [...]
Loyalty Loyalty is “showing my commitment through difficult times.” Loyalty is like tape or glue that is really strong. It doesn’t come apart easily. When your friends or family go through difficult times, you can practice loyalty by encouraging them and finding ways to help. Difficult times could be when people are sick, when [...]
FlexibilityFlexibility is “adjusting to change with a good attitude.” A palm tree survives heavy storms because it bends with the wind instead of breaking under pressure. Similarly, you can show flexibility by adjusting to change the best you can and making the most of each situation. Even when you can’t control your circumstances, you can control how [...]
Determination Determination is “overcoming obstacles in order to reach my goal.” Determination is like climbing a mountain. You have to know what you want to achieve, then put one foot in front of the other until you reach the top. Climbing a mountain takes a lot of effort. It is tempting to quit and [...]
Respect Respect is “treating others with honor and dignity.” Everyone has worth and dignity as a human being, whether they are young or old, rich or poor, male or female, or any other difference. This is why you should treat others with honor, dignity, and courtesy instead of bullying, harassing, or manipulating in order [...]