Today’s post is a part of my linky party called Make A Difference Monthly. Each month I write about a specific character trait to share ideas on how parents, teachers and other caregivers can teach traits to children. I began this linky party back in April. Check out the last few months of traits and ideas to go along with them. I encourage bloggers to link up (below). The more people blog about these important character traits, the more people will read about how easy they can be taught to children and in return a greater number of children out there in the world will be equipt with these important tools to use out in the world!

Courage is defined as the ability to confront fear, danger or intimidation.

Do you want to know a great way to teach courage? Read my award-winning book, Spaghetti In A Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Who You Are to your child.

Ask your child the following questions:

Before Reading:

What does the word courage mean?

How have you shown courage before?

Take a picture walk—flip through the pages of the book and encourage your child to talk about what they think might be happening in the story (make predictions).

During Reading:

Do you think it took courage for Lucy to go to school everyday? Why?

How did Lucy show courage when she asked Ralph to stop teasing her after her gave her a mean note?

How could Lucy have shown courage at home when Papa Gino asked her what was happening at school?

After Reading:

Can you make a connection to the story? Has anything similar ever happened to you?

Children walked away from Ralph when he was in danger. Do you think Lucy showed courage by helping him?

Lucy wanted to have her favorite sandwich at the end of the story. How does that show courage?

Courage is an important trait to teach children. Check out “Kids of Courage” organization and what they’re up to. If you don’t have a lot of time, please watch the section of the video from 1:52-2:30 Amazing.

Kids of Courage is a non-profit organization up to some really good stuff!