Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Leader in Me

We are beginning a new process at our school.  If you have never read The Leader in Me go right now to the nearest bookstore and get a copy.  We are hoping to change our children's lives by teaching them how to be prepared for what the future holds.  They are all leaders and we are finding the strengths in each one and polishing it so that child will feel good about themselves.  The book is based on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Sean Covey.  We are teaching the 7 habits right now.  Kinder had 30 students until a week ago so we are just on habit 5 this week.

The first habit is to be proactive.  We tell the children they are in charge of themselves.  They are responsible for making good choices even when no one is watching them.  They are also responsible for the attitude they carry with them.
The second habit is the have a plan.  We made a plan on how we can all get to first grade by May!  We post our weekly goals in the room and review them on Friday to see if we met our goals.

The third habit is to put first things first.  We tell the children work before play!  We talk a lot about this habit and the benefits it can bring!
Habit four is to think win-win.  We brainstormed lots of ideas of how everyone can be a winner.  I don't have a picture of our anchor chart yet!

We wrote a grant the week before school and we found out on the 19th that our plan was accepted.  We were able to buy 5 digital cameras to take pictures of the children doing the leader in me activities.  As soon as I figure out the camera I will take lots of pictures!

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