154. Do you know where I can obtain K-3 worksheets on character building, obedience, discipline for free or little cost?
I do not endorse or recommend any products, thus I cannot suggest to you where you can find such instructional materials. I provide, however, ideas on techniques and strategies you could use for building the concepts of obedience, discipline, and many other positive attributes we would like students to develop. Here are some suggestions:
You are beginning at the very best time since K-3rd grade are excellent grades to develop the very extensive language of self esteem and positive self image. At this very early time, --and at ALL times-- students only understand the concrete definitions of all POSITIVE words. Thus, all positive words --you call them "character building" words-- must be "experienced" rather than defined through some abstract picture or definition. I will give you a concrete example:
Once a K teacher told me that students at this grade level could not understand positive words, such as "thoughtful." I told her I would teach her K students the word "thoughtful" and she would have evidence of understanding as the result of the instructional activity I planned literally "on the spot." It was time for students to go to recess so I asked her to leave the room along with all the children. While the students were outside, I literally emptied the trash cans onto the K classroom floor, trying not to make a total mess, just enough of a mess to get my point across. Then I went outside to wait for the end-of-recess bell.
When the bell rang, I lined up all the children and then I opened the door, looked into the classroom and, in total horror, stated that someone had messed up our classroom. The children rushed to the door but I did not let them in. Instead, I asked them: "Who can be a very thoughtful person and help me collect all trash and put the trash back into the trashcan? They all raised their hands, so we went in and they picked up all the trash while I kept saying: "Oh, you are so thoughtful for helping pick up the trash." I repeated the word "thoughtful" with just about every child.
When the room was clean again, we sat in a circle and I asked the students: "How many of you were very thoughtful for helping pick up the trash?" As the children raised their hand I would say: "Tell your friends why you were thoughtful." Then we thought of a few other ACTIONS we could do that would demonstrate we were thoughtful. I listed those on a chart.
This is exactly what you need to build character, that is, to develop the language of self esteem and positive self image. A child who "builds character" is a child who understands the concepts expressed by the 3,000 positive words in the English language, and who performs those actions that define each of the 3,00 positive words.
I hope you find this type of instructional activity a lot more helpful than any ditto sheets or worksheets. No character is built by ditto sheets or worksheets. Character is built by developing the concepts expressed by the positive words that name positive character traits. Concepts can only be mastered through experience, through actions. When a student associates the ACTION or performance that defines each positive character trait or positive word, we have a student who has built "character."
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