This year our Character Education theme is “Communities form Connections.” Through building relationships, we can build a better school, community and world. Each month we will highlight a character trait and use a read aloud to reinforce this trait.

September is Communities Show Empathy. Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah wrote 14 Cows for America. One inscription reads, “To all the little children who read this book. You are the peace the world has been waiting for. May you grow to be compassionate diplomats.” You have the ability to make the world and our school a better place.

What can you do this year to heal a sorrowing heart? How will you show empathy?

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September Roses

September Roses is another great book like 14 Cows for America. Both demonstrate how others show empathy. “On September 11, 2001, two sisters from South Africa are flying to New York City with 2,400 roses to be displayed at a flower show. As their plane approaches the airport, a cloud of black smoke billows over the Manhattan skyline. When they land, they learn of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. All flights are canceled; the sisters cannot go home, and they are stranded with boxes and boxes of roses.”

What can you do to show empathy today, this month, this school year?

<em>September Roses</em> is another great book like <em>14 Cows for America</em>.  Both demonstrate how others show empathy.  “On September 11, 2001, two sisters from South Africa are flying to New York City with 2,400 roses to be displayed at a flower show. As their plane approaches the airport, a cloud of black smoke billows over the Manhattan skyline. When they land, they learn of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. All flights are canceled; the sisters cannot go home, and they are stranded with boxes and boxes of roses.”

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Word Puzzles

“Who knew that positioning a word in one continuous ring would make it so tricky to read? The challenge in WordARound is to quickly figure out where the word starts and be the first to shout it out before your friends do. It might sound simple, but you’ll find yourself baffled. This quick-action family game gets better with the more players that play. Go ahead play a round at your next party or family game night!”

Try one or all of these online puzzle games:

SET

The Family Fun Game of Visual Perception is an excellent way to improve your visual problem solving skills.The object of the game is to identify a “set” of three cards from twelve cards laid out on the table.Each card has four features/attributes: symbols, colors, number, and shading. A set consists of three cards in which each of the card’s features, looked at one-by-one, are the same on each card, or, are different on each card. Log onto www.setgame.com for more details.

Another Breakout

Terri Eichholz offers another Digital Breakout  called “Scholastic Beasts” which is the 4th one in her series.  Here is the scenario: These 4 school friends enjoy challenging each other with puzzles. When Terry Bull won 4 free tickets to the Imagine Unicorns Concert, the friends thought it would be fun to put the tickets in a lock box and each add their own secret combination to see if they could collaborate to open the box by the weekend. Can you help the friends? Can you solve the digital breakout, Scholastic Beasts?

Don’t forget to try – Eicholz’ Feebo, Not Chee

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

pinduli02April is blue for respect.Respect is to show polite regard and consideration. Respect is a feeling of admiring someone or something that is good, valuable, and important and should be treated a certain way.  Everyone deserves to be treated with respect.

Cottage Lane’s book of the month, Pinduli, is a surprising story about self-image, self-acceptance, and treating others with respect. After reading, sharing and discussing this special book you will realize how a few tiny words – bad or good – can create something enormous!

Do you think that by hurting someone else’s feelings it made the animals who made Pinduli feel bad, feel better about themselves?

Additional Resources:

This month please practice respect toward others, adults and the Earth!

Breakout Edu

Breakout EDU brings gaming to our classroom. Breakout sessions present players with a challenge that encourages teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting.

The Spyder Heist challenge includes graphing, patterning, converting, and critical reading.

Let’s continue using these skills when solving mysteries, logic puzzles, riddles and online Breakout sessions.

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