Human Rights Day: Looking Out for Others
* It's been said that safeguarding the rights of others is both a noble and beautiful thing.
Students learn the meaning of the word dignity and
why its important to treat others the way they would
want to be treated.
Key Ideas: Human dignity - Golden Rule
Character Traits: Fairness - Respect - Tolerance
National Stress-Free Holiday Month: Town Mouse/Country Mouse
* No matter how hard we try to make the holidays stress-free,
there will be moments over the holiday season when students,
parents, or other family members get stressed out. In the
well-known Aesop's fable, Town Mouse is far too concerned
with wanting more and better and forgets that what's truly
important is enjoying what we have with the people we love.
Great springboard for some meaningful dialogue. Tips for
dealing with stress.
Key Ideas: Holiday stress - Focusing on family
Character Traits: Love - Caring
Whiners Day: No More Whine* (December 26) It's so
easy to whine and grumble when things aren't exactly the
way we want them to be or when we are faced with a problem,
but whining can make a situation much worse while making
us and those around us unhappy. This winter break, regardless
of the holiday your students may be celebrating, they can
make it a happier time with family and friends by focusing
on what's good and beautiful about the season.
Key Ideas: Whining and complaining
Character Traits: Gratitude - Positive attitude
Winter Break: Beyond the Moment
* Hopping from one fleeting moment of immediate gratification to the next can lead us
into a very shallow and meaningless life, without any enduring
sense of happiness. Reading a good book can provide a long-lasting
sense of satisfaction and has a long-lasting payoff. Students
are encouraged to read over the winter break.
Key Idea: Reading as a lifelong habit that can foster "enduring happiness"
Character Traits: Responsibility - Caring
Note: This message and lesson plan also work well for summer break.
Holidays: Get Creative! For many of us,
the holidays have become too stressful and too commercial
when this should be a time for some recreation, which
literally means "to create anew." These materials
encourage students (as well as teachers) to find relaxing
and creative ways to enjoy the holidays.
Key Ideas: Creativity as recreation - Winter break
Character Traits: Respect - Kindness - Generosity
Winter Holidays: The Gift of Empathy
* Having empathy means that we can understand and care about what other people
are feeling. With this message and lesson plan, students
will consider the idea that empathy can be a gift when we
put it to work to help others in need.
Key Ideas: Empathy - Turning empathy into action to help others - Bullying
Character Traits: Caring - Kindness - Helpfulness
Winter Holidays: The Gift of Encouragement
* When gift-giving becomes a stress and a burden it is time to step back
and rethink our intentions. Students explore the notion
that some of the most meaningful gifts we ever give or
receive cost nothing and mean everything.
Key Ideas: Encouraging or praising others - Meaningful gift giving
Character Traits: Generosity - Caring
Winter Holidays: Gift of Love Additional Daily Broadcast - No Lesson Plan
With all of the pressure to buy the biggest, the newest, or the most expensive holiday gifts, we need to remember that even the smallest gifts, given with love and respect, are in reality the best gifts.
Key Ideas: The true value of a gift - Looking beyond commercialism - Gift giving with love and respect
Character Traits: Generosity - Caring - Respect
Winter Holidays: Good for Goodness' Sake
People are good for many reasons. Being “good for goodness' sake” means being good
because you appreciate goodness, whether you are giving
it or receiving it. Students will explore the notion that
true goodness comes from an internal motivation to be good
because one appreciates the value of goodness in the world.
Key Idea: Goodness as part of the spirit of the holidays
Character Traits: Goodness - Caring - Respect
Winter Holidays: Priceless Gifts
Many of us get so caught up in holiday
gift giving that we forget about the greatest gift of all,
the gift of giving something of ourselves to others. This
message and corresponding lesson plan helps students think
about the meaning and value of gifting others with their
time, energy, and caring.
Key Ideas: The value of giving freely - Giving of ourselves - Volunteering as a gift
Character Traits: Caring - Creativity - Responsibility
* These same materials can also be found under a Life Skills/Pressing Issues category.
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