ERIC Number: ED443524
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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Being Your Best: Character Building for Kids 7-10 [and] Leader's Guide.
Lewis, Barbara A.
Suggesting that a good character can be a child's most important safeguard against life's vicissitudes, this book for 7- to 10-year-olds with accompanying leader's guide for adults helps children understand that their choices make a difference, that every child has what it takes to be his or her best, and that learning how to strengthen character muscles can be fun. The 11-chapter children's book introduces the concept of character development and covers the following 10 areas: (1) caring; (2) citizenship; (3) cooperation; (4) fairness; (5) forgiveness; (6) honesty; (7) relationships with family and friends; (8) respect; (9) responsibility; and (10) safety. The book features self-quizzes that help children identify their character strengths and weaknesses, and includes cartoons, suggested readings, practical advice, and inspiring stories of children who are at their best when they reach out or stand up for what they believe in. The accompanying leader's guide is directed to educators and parents, and includes activities, questions, reproducible pages, resources, quotations, definitions, and a glossary, all of which reinforce and expand the character lessons. The format of the lessons in the leader's guide closely follows the elements of the chapters in the children's book: (1) reading review, including questions that facilitate a discussion of a character trait; (2) character dilemmas, providing discussion and role-playing ideas; (3) instructions for activities from the children's book; (4) additional group activities not provided in the children's book; (5) resources, including books and organizations of interest; and (6) looking ahead, providing suggestions for checking children's progress, and planning for the next lesson. (KB)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Child Safety, Children, Citizenship Education, Cooperation, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Family Relationship, Friendship, Honesty, Leaders Guides, Parent Child Relationship, Peer Relationship, Safety, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Responsibility, Values Education
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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