October Character Trait - Responsibility

During the month of October our elementary students will be learning about the character trait of Responsibility.  We will be talking to students about how each of us is responsible for our own actions, words, thoughts, and choices. and what that means for them.  For example:  Do you hand your homework in on time?  Do you complete your chores at home when they need to be done?  Do you take care of your own clothes or toys?  Do you follow the rules at home and school?  Do you take care of your environment by not littering and stopping others from littering?  Do you treat animals with kindness?  Do you do what you say you'll do? Do you choose to use kind words instead of unkind words?  Being responsible includes all of these things and many more.  

We will be talking about how it is not always easy to make the right choice but there are some steps we can take to help us in making good choices.  Making good choices is part of being responsible.  Some talking points we will be discussing are:  

1.  Think before you act.

2. Gather the facts

3. Decide which choice is best for you and the right thing to do.

We will also be talking about getting ourselves organized as completing tasks is also a big part of being responsible.  Getting organized and making a plan can help all of us complete the tasks that we need to get done.  We will be showing kids how to plan and what they need to include in that plan.  

Finally we will be promoting "Six Ways to Make Responsible Choices"

C - Consider what might happen - think before you act.

H - Help yourself be responsible by getting and staying organized.

O - Obey rules and laws in your home, school, and community.

I - Ignore bad ideas that pop into your head.  Change what you are doing or think about something good instead.

C - Choose the choice that is best for you and for others - the one that feels right inside.

E - Earn people's trust by showing that they can count on you.  

Please help us reinforce our character trait this month by talking about it with your children around the dinner table this month.