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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Character Building, 3rd Grade Goals

This year I want to focus on self-discipline, responsibility, truthfulness and self-motivation with Camille. In other words, I want her to develop good habits.

For the first quarter (9 weeks) we will focus on Willingness or Self-Motivation.
- We will read from the character book Write Upon My Heart, Willingness from Keepers of the Faith
- Camille and I will have daily talks about Willingness, and pray together about areas of improvement and praising successes.
- We will highlight Willingness and Self-Motivation in the books we read for history, science and literature.

For the second quarter (9 weeks) we will focus on Determination or Self-Discipline.
- We will read from the character book Write Upon My Heart, Determination from Keepers of the Faith
- Camille and I will have daily talks about Determination, and pray together about areas of improvement and praising successes.
- We will highlight Determination or Self-Discipline in the books we read for history, science and literature.

For the third quarter (9 weeks) we will focus on Truthfulness or Honesty.
- We will read from the character book Write Upon My Heart, Truthfulness from Keepers of the Faith
- Camille and I will have daily talks about Truthfulness, and pray together about areas of improvement and praising successes.
- We will highlight Truthfulness or Honesty in the books we read for history, science and literature.
*Truthfulness is not a habit I am trying to create, but I feel it is important to teach why being truthful is important.

For the fourth quarter (9 weeks) we will focus on Diligence or Perseverance.
- We will read from the character book Write Upon My Heart, Diligence from Keepers of the Faith
- Camille and I will have daily talks about diligence, and pray together about areas of improvement and praising successes.
- We will highlight Diligence or Perseverance in the books we read for history, science and literature.

We will also be developing these habits through our shared activities such as art lessons, craft time, Camille's piano practice, exercise and chores. I will keep a Caught You Being Good record of some type to praise her on a daily basis. I'm still contemplating how to accomplish this so that I will be diligent.

I will be focusing on my own habit developing with these areas and sharing with Camille my successes and areas of improvement after we talk about hers so that we can pray together for each other. Nine weeks is 63 days, a new habit can be developed in 21 days of continuous effort.

 

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jessica, thank you so much for telling us about these. I hadn't ever heard about these and went to the site and am now in love with them and have to get them. :)

I also want to thank you for your life science and earth science lesson plans, both of which I will use some units this year. Jessica, I thank God for you and your wisdom. Many of us have been at this for much longer and so appreciate the knowledge that you posess and the skill to put it all together.

Be encouraged, you are doing such a wonderful job!!!

In Him,

Dee in sunny FL!

Adrienne said...

One of the main reasons my husband and I choose to homeschool is for character development. So, bravo for focusing in on it!!!

Adrienne from TheologicalKids

School for Us said...

I love how you're focusing on character development! Thanks for sharing your plans. It really gives me something to think about.