Unusual Character Education Programs

You’ve no extra time to teach character education programs because you’re already a great model of your most cherished character traits.

You want your kids

  1. To be good students and good kids.
  2. To be healthy and loving.
  3. To have lots of friends. And
  4. You want a little peace of mind knowing you’ve done a darn good job preparing your children for adulthood.

Am I right so far? Excellent. You’ve come to the right place for help. But there’s one more character trait that your kids lack that often nags you.

Can you think of it? Come on, be honest. I know many people say you’re not supposed to want this, but deep in your heart, you do.

When’s the last time your kids made you breakfast in bed? (Mother’s Day doesn’t count).

Or cleaned their rooms without you yelling and screaming? Mostly, you want them to appreciate just a little what they have.

But is this realistic? Can young kids and children ever appreciate what their parents do for them? And should they?

Introducing kids to gratefulness is a difficult, challenging task. Yet, it’s possible to plant the seeds and someday they’ll sprout, rest assured.

Let me share one unusual character education lesson plan, based on character traits of extraordinary leaders, that shows how character education programs can plant the seeds for lifelong gratitude.

One character trait forms the foundation of this program.

  1. Kids who learn this trait (even if it doesn’t show up until adulthood), are guaranteed success of the heart.
  2. Nothing is more important for a successful life than one rich in being grateful for who one is and what one has.
  3. I’ll teach your children to begin to express gratitude for things they now take for granted. You may witness them become happier. This expands their hearts to love themselves and others.

How to Be Happier by Expressing Gratitude Daily

Have your children do the following steps. (Until the end of the lesson, I speak directly to your child, so print this out for her use).

Step 1: Buy a special notebook that is your Gratefulness Journal.

Step 2: Start a section called Gratefulness Inventory. (1 minute)

Step 3: Think of 5 things you have to be grateful for. For example, your house, your bed, your pet, your best friend, your clothes, your mind, etc. (3-5 minutes)

Step 4: Make a list of these 5 things. (3 – 5 minutes)

Step 5: Say to yourself or out loud: “I’m grateful for or I’m thankful for_______(each of the 5 things on your list). (2-3 minutes)

Step 6: Add 6 more things to your list. Things can be body parts, for example, “I’m thankful for my legs, I’m grateful for my eyes, I’m thankful for my brains, etc.” (3-5 minutes)

Step 7: Write a brief note (100 – 200 words) expressing gratitude and thanks to your favorite person or best friend in the whole wide world. (15 minutes)

Step 8: Send the note or give it to your favorite person. (2 minutes)

Step 9: Notice how you feel. Do you feel any different than when you began this exercise? Explain and share with mom if there is a difference. (3 – 5 minutes)

Step 10: Repeat 10 steps weekly for 3 months.

Mom, with your guidance and your child’s efforts, she’ll learn to like expressing gratitude regularly, because it makes her feel so good.

Article Summary

I’ve just shared how to teach your children to be grateful. Gratitude is one of our most important assets in successful living.

The more your children express gratitude, the happier their hearts become. However, there are other ways for your kids to be happy now, even if they never express gratitude. Visit the Resource Box following this article for more resources on character education programs that empower kids to be happy now.

Now That I Have the Time, Where Do I Express My Creativity?

For many people making a living takes up a significant portion of their time. Forty hours a week was a standard for many full time jobs. The workplace has transformed dramatically over the last several decades. Many people now have more time to be creative and to become fully self expressed. A fully expressed life is not about being active, it’s more about your games or projects, the environment you live in and your whole life being a mirror image of who your are and what matters to you. If this appeals to you it may be the time to explore self expression opportunities.

Community education is an invaluable resource for finding opportunities for self expression. In my local community education catalog I find a wide variety of interests I can check out. It is also a beneficial resource because the prices are reasonable and time investment is minimal. Here you have the possibility of getting an introduction to a variety of activities. If dance is an area in which you want to explore self expression,there are several choices; Latin dance, African dance along with belly, Salsa and other dance offerings. These classes are intended to be introductions, therefore the time investment is for two hours a week for six weeks. This provides an opportunity to try as many varieties of dance as you have the time and energy to partake. I tried an acting class and found I liked acting but I didn’t care for memorizing lines. Then I tried a class on Improv, which is unscripted acting and I fell in love with this form of self expression and soon I wanted to perform in front of an audience. Community ed has a wide variety of offerings; cooking,computer skills, physical fitness, recreation and the Arts and much more. Some are seasonal,like skiing and ice skating which are not offered in the summer.

The second benefit of community education is that it is affordable. Looking through the catalog, I found most most six week classes between thirty and thirty five dollars. For my improv class that was six weeks the cost was thirty five dollars. Not bad for 12 hours of instruction and practice in self expression. In addition to these already low prices they have a senior discount. This means that if you are 55 years of age or beyond you get a 50% discount. This makes these classes available to people who may be on a fixed income. Sometime there is a small additional cost for printed material but, in my experience it has never been over five dollars.

In summary more and more people are interested in becoming fully self expressed. Community education is an excellent resource for introductions to a huge variety of offerings for anyone to explore. In addition these introductions are minimally priced and discounted for people 55 plus years in age. Self expression is all about your life mirroring who you are and what matters to you. Go online and explore the community education offerings in your city today.

The Greatness of Art: Education, Expression and Joy

Creating art can be such a wonderful outlet for anyone. It is easy to see why people want to be painters or sculptors or designers, as it can be a very fulfilling line of work. Because it is not just work, work, work – but a way of life. It is a way of really expressing yourself, which you do not get in every line of work. With art, you have the opportunity to really express how you feel, whether it is angry or sad or happy or just hoping to entertain or inform. You can let your imagination run wild and take you to new places and ideas that will only improve on your work. And you can use high fire glazes and low ones and everything in between to make what you need. Or you can just use watercolors on your canvas. You can be as expressive as you want to be, and in the way in which you feel it most accurately depicts your inner passion and thoughts.

And you have so many different options as an artist. You can choose to paint, whether it is with oil or watercolors. You can use bright and darker colors and tones to create an image that is arresting. If you are more into pottery, then you can look into lead-free glazes that make your final product that much better. Art is an intricate form, one that challenges everyone to push themselves to learn more and how to express it through different channels.

But for many, teaching art itself is one of the most rewarding aspects. You can use so many different tools to help children use their minds and think on their own. Whether it is determining what is interesting or good, or how to use different colors together, it is a great, rewarding experience to pass on the art form to others. You can have fun with it, such as using hump molds, and teach all at the same time.

So being an artist has many perks. You have the chance to be your own person, and explore your own dreams and desires. Or you may have the teaching mindset, where you can pass down all of the important aspects of art to the next generation. Whichever way you lean, it is a truly wonderful profession for those who have a strong passion for it all.