Character Lesson for Mondays - PATIENCE

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What is Patience?

Patience is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.


Book I am using with this lesson:

This Monster Cannot Wait by Bethany Barton

How I used this book to teach about Patience

Book: Read or listen to the book with your child.

Discuss: Can you and your child both make connections to different times in your life where you have had to be patient? What are some tools you can use to practice patience? For examples here are a few: acknowledge the feelings of impatience that have come up, do something creative, read something, and practice deep, therapeutic breathing.

This is a great time to read this book with the holidays coming up. We have a rule that we make the children wait until after dinner to open their birthday presents, a great way to practice patience. During the holidays, we try to encourage the children to thank family members and to open one gift at a time!


Candy Corn Monster or this cute Paper Plate Monster

Activity: Have your children color a REALLY big poster like these or create an amazing marshmallow structure.

Product I’ve created to go along with this lesson: Character Trait Posters

Video that models patience: The Marshmallow Test

More lessons about Patience

Books That Teach Patience

Teaching Children Patience

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