Saturday, July 7, 2012

Teaching Character Education Throughout the Year & Flash Giveaway!!

Happy Weekend Friends!,
Wow! What a crazy day yesterday! A lightning strike blew out my satellite, I had to jump start my neighbor's car, my daughter got a hold of the sunscreen and lathered herself up, she put 1/2 a roll of toilet paper in the toilet, and then she decided to color on the wall. Praise the Lord for Magic Eraser, that's all I have to say! The terrible 2s have passed and the even more terrible 3s are here. Needless to say, I had a nice tall glass of *something* refreshing last night!
Do you have a character education program that you use in your classroom every year to teach valuable traits to your students?
I used to think to myself, when am I going to find the time to add this to my already overflowing schedule of curriculum? I had a teammate that I've worked with since the beginning of my teaching career who just retired--I'm going to miss her dearly. She really was an inspirational teacher. She taught life skills in her classroom every year. It got me thinking how essential it is that we teach our students valuable character traits throughout the year.
It is not a secret that some of our students come from homes that may not expose them to these important life traits. It becomes our responsibility to teach them about the specific traits & virtues that they must use to cope in life.
In my character education curriculum, I am teaching a character trait or virtue a week to my students. I have a poster for each trait with a definition and a pictorial example with dialogue. We will briefly go over the character trait/virtue daily throughout the week. I also developed a yearly journal for students to complete along with each character virtue every week. At the end of the year, they will have a journal complete of all of the virtues that they learned about throughout the year filled with examples to remind them about the importance of these virtues.
I just placed my Kids of Character Pack on TPT. It includes posters for each week of the school year (40 posters) and a yearly journal for character traits with a blank page if you want to include any traits that aren't in the pack.
Click above on either picture to check it out!
Okay let's have some fun!! Please be a follower of my blog, leave me a comment about anything with your email address & I will pick someone via random number generator to win this pack tomorrow. :)
Have a wonderful weekend!!,

52 comments:

  1. These look so cute...going to pass them along to our character ed teacher. We are really lucky and our kids go to character class once a week as a special.
    Vickie

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  2. Wow, that was a crazy day! I have 4 year old twins so I can totally relate.

    I use Abeka's character education in my class and I think the idea of a character journal is a fabulous idea.

    Catherine
    jcrcis @ yahoo dot com

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  3. I have the Kids of Character pack on my TPT Wishlist! I love the idea of teaching a different trait each week.

    kevans927@hotmail.com

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  4. It is so sad that many kids don't learn these things at home. But how wonderful that we can be there to teach them! Your Kids of Character pack is going on my wish list. :)

    ★ First-Graders from Outer Space ★
    anorsen@gmail.com

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  5. Yikes...thankfully today is a new day:-) Love the character pack. Our district features one trait a month and this pack would go along perfectly. Thanks for the chance to win:-)
    Michelle
    mcoop1125@gmail.com

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  6. We don't have any type of character education program implemented at my school, so this would be great!

    sunburst541@gmail.com

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  7. The new packet looks really cute. I had one of those crazy days recently- a few things in our house broke and our air conditioning went out at work. It made for a really long day.

    ~Jenna
    divingintolearning@gmail.com
    Diving Into Learning

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  8. We don't really have a character ed program at my school. Your packet is on my wishlist!

    Aimee
    Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

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  9. I sure do hope you have a much better day today. What a day. These posters look great. I too love the idea of teaching a character trait each week of the school year. Good character is something that is lacking in schools today. :) Thanks for sharing and for the the chance to win them :)

    Heidi
    My (Not So) Elementary Life
    mynotsoelementarylife@yahoo.com

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  10. Very cute! Our guidance counselor teachers Character Ed, and we have a program called "First Tee" where we go to a golf course and the kids learn core values and then have to practice them in the game of golf. The kids love it!

    Sara
    fourth grade fanatics
    sara.carico@gmail.com

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  11. These look great!! My students go to guidance once a week with our counselor for character education lessons, though I'm not quite sure how it's going to work with our new counselor.

    Heather (heathernnance@yahoo.com)

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  12. Hey, Lisa! I just put this pack in my wishlist before I saw your post. LOL! Love it!

    Crystal
    Teaching Little Miracles

    kristiandcrystalATgmailDOTcom

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  13. I love this idea. I could definitely incorporate this into my classroom. Thanks for the great idea and giveaway. I am a follower :)

    mondragondrea@gmail.com

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  14. These look amazing! We do Character Counts! at my school. I don't look forward to the terrible twos (or torturous threes - is that even a word?). Here's hoping to a day free of cleaning those not-so-fun messes :)
    Storie
    Stories by Storie

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  15. You are so right about needing to teach character education to our students. I really like this pack you've created.
    Amy
    Where Seconds Count 2nd grade blog

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  16. Super cute pack!
    khzwolinski at gmail dot com

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  17. What an important, cute pack you created! Thank you for giving one away! :)

    delightedinsecond@gmail.com

    Delighted in Second

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  18. Character Education is so important. I'd love to win this awesome packet.
    missnelsonattpt@yahoo.com

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  19. I would love to win this as well!

    cgeiser@gmail.com

    Adventures in Room 5

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  20. My school uses character traits for our monthly awards.
    This pack is wonderful.


    Yearn to Learn Blog

    taskcard123@yahoo.com

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  21. I love commending kiddos for their good character. What a great packet you created!!

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First
    Fallingintofirst@gmail.com

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  22. We use PBIS at my school but feel that that is not always enough. I like your idea! What a great way to teach our students what they should know, but don't always...

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  23. Your pack looks perfect for teaching kids Character Education. It's on my tpt wishlist, as well!
    Teach~Play~Smile

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  24. my twins are entering the terrible 2s and i can sympathize with you! on another note, i have to teach character education too, which, like you said, is needed but we are definitely on a time constraint. luckily, i have a 20 minute morning meeting built into my schedule, so this would be perfect to do then! :o)

    msob123@gmail.com

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  25. Hey Lisa- Thanks for coming by my blog earlier! I am so excited about my new car..the waiting until it is ready for pickup (its coming from another state) is going to KILL me!!!

    I love the character education pack you posted! I am definitely adding it to my wishlist!! Whose graphics did you use for the kids in your product? I am looking for something to use as I start creating stuff and they are so cute.

    Patti
    Tales from a 4th (and 5th) Grade Teacher

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  26. This set looks amazing! I hope I;m the lucky one! :)
    mrs.banks.04(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. Good luck! Why is there so much talk about the terrible 2's when the 3's are so much harder! I'm a new follower. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Megan
    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

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  28. This character education pack looks wonderful! My school is a PBS school, so this would fit in perfectly when teaching the expectations.

    Danielle
    Twirlybird Teaching

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  29. I love this pack! Would love to win!

    rmariemuniz@hotmail.com

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  30. I just love this! I use the DJ Inkers words to live by packs as my "posters" for helping me with character ed. I was part of a district wide character ed grant so I have oodles of stuff that I use. I am one of the few teachers in my school who find time for this, but I believe in it whole heartedly. Maybe I will post about my resources and how I work them in... I would love this to help me out, 40 weeks done! That would be a life saver. Thanks for the creative genius!

    Faithful in First

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  31. Love this pack! Our awesome counselor, who retired this past year {boo!} taught our character education. Our school also has a character trait of the month, and at the end of the month pick a student who exhibits that character trait. They are awarded at one of our weekly assemblies!

    lmlynes@gmail.com

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  32. I am a dedicated follower, Lisa:) I already have your watermelon pack and your pirate pack is in my wish list. It would be GREAT to own this terrific-looking pack as well! Crossing my fingers & toes!!
    anolson@eldoradoschools.org

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  33. Our school just started characted ed with PBS on morning announcements. Fiirst grade does havea very outdated program that we use a well. I love your set and the kids will too!

    Where in Florida are you? I am in Lake County.
    Thanks for following my blog:)

    Tammy
    The Resourceful Apple

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  34. This pack looks amazing! It fits right in with our school values, which we have to teach each week. I can see the time and effort you have put into this comprehensive pack.

    Kylie
    Down Under Teacher

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  35. Hi Lisa - Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your character education pack looks great, especially the posters. I am now following you:)
    Leslie

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  36. Wow, what a day you had!

    Ashley
    arclark2012@gmail.com

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  37. I am a new follower! Wow! T his character pack is going on my wish list! They are adorable. smskdg@hotmail.com

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  38. This is a pack I need for so many reasons. I can use it with my class, aftercare, and for PTA activities for students. I am consistently picked on (in a nice way)by my co-workers who say I am always teaching manners. I feel it's necessary we teach GOOD character education in school and lead by example. Oh, I'm already a follower.

    shanell3@msn.com

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  39. I love this pack! I think this is a great idea and my students could really benefit from this. I'll be sure to share this with my school counselor. She will love this!


    Ashlee
    Sweet Seconds
    aldaniels15@yahoo.com

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  40. I am a first grade teacher and mother to 5 children. They are 12, 6, 4, 2, and 6 months! My 6 year old is autistic, and always getting into things! I can totally relate to your story! I work at a Catholic school and character education is something that I teach. I would love to use this pack in my classroom! I want to thank teachers like you for your wonderful and creative ideas! I would love to have my own blog someday, but with five children I don't have ANY spare time!

    Elizabeth
    Epodolski@arcsgalloway.org

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  41. Love the idea of a different trait each week. This looks like a wonderful packet!
    I follow your blog.
    Lvanhove@Comcast.net

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  42. Love this! I am a follower of your blog!

    Mindy
    mwells@ourwayschool.com

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  43. Cute pack! We always do a Character Ed. lesson during our weekly Class Meetings. These would be great to have!

    Learning With Susie Q

    susieqsclass@gmail.com

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  44. Our school doesn't really have a character Ed program that we use, but they tell us we have to teach it (dont'cha love when they do that). These would really be great!

    krisspradlin4@yahoo.com

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  45. I am a follower. This looks really good for working on character education!
    lraines78@gmail.com

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  46. These are great! Putting them on my wishlist...unless of course I get lucky!

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot)

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  47. We teach character too. Would love to win this!

    cl14mentor@oh.rr.com

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  48. What a great idea Lisa. I really want to add more Character Ed into my weekly plans and this is just what I am looking for!

    Aloha,
    Corinna
    Surfin' Through Second

    corgandara@gmail.com

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  49. I love this idea. This is a great way to start the school year!

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  50. What a great idea! I love the pack! Your newest follower!
    Maria
    eshman.m@norwoodschools.org

    http://curiousfirsties.blogspot.com/

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