Rights Day: Safeguarding the Rights of Others
* It's been said that protecting the rights of others is both a noble and beautiful thing. With this plan students have the opportunity to explore how this concept plays out in their everyday lives.
Key Ideas: Human dignity - Bill of Rights - Freedom - Equal justice
Character Traits: Fairness - Respect - Tolerance
Stress-Free Holiday Month: Town Mouse/Country Mouse
* In todays world, too many of us spend far too much time worrying about how to get more and better things.
Students stop to consider that it's easy to get stressed when we forget what's truly important enjoying what
we have with the people we love. Tips for dealing with stress.
Key Ideas: Dealing with stress - Materialism
Character Traits: Love - Caring - Gratitude
National 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 grumbling - Problem Solving
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.
Winter 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: Winter holidays - Creativity as recreation
Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility
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: Gift giving - Encouraging others - Generosity of spirit
Character Traits: Respect - 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 Ideas: Internal and external motivations to be good - 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 - Generosity - Service
* These same materials can also be found under a Life Skills/Pressing Issues category.
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