This year, we put Mister Man into a parochial school instead of our (admittedly, very good) local public school for a variety of reasons. It was something that I agonized over before finally making the decision – and of course afterwards.
I feel pretty confident that it was the right decision now. We love this school for so many reasons, from the truly differentiated education for students starting in kindergarten to the specials (art, music, gym, Spanish) that also start in kindgarten to the truly caring teachers there.
They’ve come up with some projects and activities for the kindergarteners that have really been winners. One that we’re working on right now is focused on Lent. Each child was sent home with green strips of paper. Whenever the child does a good deed, we write it down on the paper and send it back to school. The good deeds will all be woven together to make one giant chain of good deeds showing how these little people can together make a big difference in the world.
I BIG puffy heart this idea. I love the concept, the explanation, and the execution.
And you know who else does? Mister Man thinks it rocks.
He is now walking around all day looking for good deeds that he can do from cleaning up the nursery at church to putting away groceries with Daddy to clearing all the plates at dinner (instead of just his own). And he isn’t satisfied with just that; he wants to find more things he can do.
It feels kind of wrong, but I had to tell him today that he’d done enough good deeds for now and didn’t need to look for any more right then. He had a long time yet to do more good deeds and didn’t have to do them all right away. That still feels wrong just typing it – telling a child not to do any more good deeds?
This has been such a huge success with him that we may continue it once Lent is over. While he won’t send it into school to make a chain with his classmates, we can do it at home. And this will also allow Little Miss to get involved (who of course wants to do anything her big brother does).
I’ll be really interested to see if and how this changes his behavior at all in terms of some of the (typically) selfish six year old behavior he sometimes exhibits. Regardless, it sets him on a great path.
What do (or did) you do at home to help build a strong character?