We are excited to announce the adoption of a new SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) curriculum in the district! Schoolwide, we will focus on different character traits on a monthly basis with lessons and activities tailored to the different grade levels.
Our first character trait for August and September is courage. Your student’s teacher will be using resources through Purposefull People to begin conversations and exploration of what courage is and how we can utilize it on a daily basis. I’ll also have on-going family conversation starters and home based activities that I will share on my counselor corner website and through the weekly update.
This month we’re talking about the virtue of Courage – to help our children be courageous and learn to conquer things that frighten or scare them. Children need reassurance that fear is one of our feelings and to help them understand that it’s okay to feel afraid.
Here are some books to read/share as a family:
- by Marianne RichmondExplore a myriad of ways in which children can be brave, including “Be brave to be scared.” Wait, how is that possible?
- by Kevin Henkes
Wemberly is off to school, but is she too worried to stay there and have a good day?
- by Greg Foley
What will happen to Bear when he finds an empty cocoon only to realize that his friend the caterpillar has disappeared?
- by Florence Perry Hyde
A list of things (like, “Thinking you’re not going to be picked for either side”) that can be scary to children.
- by Bernard Waber“There are many kinds of courage.” So starts this book of ways to show courage.
- By Kobi Yamada
Because of the fear of the unknown, a child turns down a chance encounter with a chance; will the chance ever come back? If so, will the child find the courage to take a chance?
- by Gaia Cornwall
As Jabari gets ready to jump off the diving board for the first time, he becomes fearful. Will he be able to show courage and overcome his fears?