“Summer is a great time to help children grow and prepare for the grade ahead,” says George Starks, creator of teachers-created Summer Fit Activity Book series for educators, parents and trainers this summer “and parents are a child’s greatest teacher.”
From Starks’ Summer Fit Activity Book for 2-3 graders, kids learn values through important figures in history like: Mahatma Gandhi for non-violence, Mother Theresa for compassion, Harriet Tubman for trustworthiness, Stephanie Lopez-Cox for self-discipline, Princess Diana for kindness, Abraham Lincoln for honesty, and several others. Here is a sample of the way the series teach these values:
Courage means doing the right thing even when you are feeling scared.
Rosa Parks was one of the heroes of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States of America. Before the Civil Rights Movement, black people were not treated well. They had to sit in the back of busses and even had to give up their seat to white people. One day after work, Rosa got on the bus to go home. When the bus driver told Rosa to give up her seat for a white man she refused. Rosa showed courage by standing up for what was right even though she was afraid.
Talk About It! Courage is something built over time. Discuss everyday situations with your child and the opportunities they have to be brave. Read books about people who display courage. Encourage them to share their fears and brainstorm together ways to face and overcome those fears. Talk with them about a time you were afraid but found the courage to get through.
Perseverance means not giving up or giving in when things are difﬁcult. It is trying again when you fail.
Bethany Hamilton was sitting on her surfboard one sunny day in Hawaii, waiting for the next big wave. Before she knew what had happened, a tiger shark attacked and she was left without one arm. Thirteen-year old Bethany almost died but she survived and was soon back in the water surﬁng again. Bethany had to overcome her fear of another shark attack and had to teach herself how to surf with only one arm. Little by little, she worked at it until she was soon surﬁng again and winning competitions.
Talk About It! Talk with your child about what perseverance is and why it’s important. Discuss the importance of not giving up and sticking with something until it is complete. Lead by example and point out something you are involved in that is difﬁcult and share with he/ she how and why you are going to ﬁnish.
Friendship is what comes from being friends. It is caring and sharing and being there for each other in good times and bad.
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were friends over 200 years ago when the United States of America was new and only had 17 states. In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson wanted them to explore the land beyond the Mississippi River. He asked them to begin trading with Indian Tribes, ﬁnd new plants and animals and to make maps of this new land. Together, Lewis and Clark went on an adventure that took them from the Mississippi River west to the Paciﬁc Ocean. The journey took over two years and was very dangerous. Even though they had very different personalities Lewis and Clark knew the true value of friendship and cared about and respected each other. Through it all, they stood by each other and showed teamwork, kindness, bravery and loyalty.
Talk About It! You are your child’s best teacher. Model for them friendly behavior, smile and greet your friends and neighbors. Let them see you meet new people and start conversations. Teach them to look people in the eye when they are talking and to be good listeners. Remind them that they may not be friends with every acquaintance but they should be friendly to everyone.
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