I am obedient and considerate to my family, classmates, community, and God.
It’s the second week of Habits of Learning already! This week we will take a deep dive into the world of respect. I feel like this Habit of Learning could really be a whole course of study by itself. Respect seems to weave its way into all aspects of our lives.
As I was writing this, I tried to focus on all areas of respect. The one I did not cover was respect for one’s self. This may be the most important form of respect, so I felt that self-respect deserves more time than this week’s study would allow.
Also, when we have respect for all the other parts of our world, we will have self-respect. My goal is to help the child focus outward before focusing inward.
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Before you start your first lesson, I would encourage you to complete the progress monitoring grid I talked about in this post. If you have not completed the grid, hop over to that post, print one out for each child, and fill it out. It will only take you five minutes!
Additionally, before doing this lesson series, you should have already completed the lesson sequence on responsibility. You can find that post here.
Now you are ready to begin!
- Download the lesson plan (link below), print it if desired.
- Download and print the lesson resources (link below).Make sure you print pages 7, 8, 9, and 10 double-sided.
- Cut out obedient/disobedient pages, dice game cards (double-sided), and the “Golden Rule Teller.”
- Bookmark this blog post that includes live links to use for each lesson containing a video.
- If desired gather the following: What If Everybody Did That? and a Bible. (You can use the video links if you don’t have these books.)
- Have general art supplies on hand for days three-five. (paper, crayons, markers, etc).
- Collect paper or thank you cards, envelopes, and stamps for day five.
- It will be nice to have a place to post the work you do during this study. Just a special area that will serve as a reminder during the week. You might consider a bulletin board, wall, or fridge. Nothing special, just a place.
New This Week
The general instructions for these lessons stay the same from week to week. This week (and from here on out) you will want to encourage your children to do the exploration activities from the previous week’s lesson.
This may be a copy sheet, hymn study, or memorization. Maybe they might like to read a book from the list or watch one of the video links. It does not matter which activity they do, what does matter is that they are still thinking about and learning about the previously studied habit.
Furthermore, make sure you are always looking for ways to praise your children as they progress in the previously studied habits. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO DO!
This focus on continual practice and praise will help further development and generalization. It reinforces the idea that we are always working to improve ourselves.
Growth is the mindset!
In both day one and day two of the Respect lessons, you are using a social skills teaching method called “Examples/Non-Examples.” This is a very important teaching technique when learning new social skills.
Here are some reasons to use this teaching method:
- Using varied examples helps students generalize the behavior to different environments or “think outside the box.”
- It allows students to examine both simple and complex situations and compare the behavior.
- Comparing in rapid sequence facilitates further generalization and application.
- Using matching examples and non-examples allows for comparison of the behaviors and realization of the consequences.
- Works best when students have the chance to come up with some of their own examples or non-examples. (Like in the literature activity on day two.)
- It allows for the discovery of the concept instead of being told what to do.
Memorizing poetry is a fundamental part of a well-rounded education. Not only can it improve literacy and language skills, but it can also affect behavior. Here are some of the benefits of using poetry memorization to help improve student behavior.
- Poetry is an art form that helps bring specific thoughts and emotions to the student’s mind.
- Reading, memorizing, and reciting poetry helps students gain confidence.
- Poems resonate with our experiences, feelings, and mindset.
- As students engage with a poem, they can experience a sense of enlightenment and a better understanding of a subject than through a factual reading or definition.
- Students who struggle with engagement or who have lower reading skills can improve those skills and heighten interest by studying poetry.
Above all, poetry study will improve confidence, enhance language, and encourage active learning participation.
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