Character Lesson for Mondays - FORGIVENESS

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What is Forgiveness?

Forgiveness is the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender well.


Book I am using with this lesson:

Bella’s Rules by Elissa Haden Guest -

How I used this book to teach Forgiveness

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

Discuss: Bella made some poor choices in the beginning of the story. She knew the rules but she liked her own rules better! She broke the rules and learned the act of forgiveness by having her own little puppy. The puppy acts just like Bella but it felt different when Bella was the one trying to enforce rules and someone was breaking them.

Talk with children about how people make mistakes but being mad and angry about their mistakes only make you feel terrible. Forgiveness is key in moving on and letting go so that everyone can feel better!


1, “Be a smartie, Forgive others.” If you are in a public school setting, you don’t have to include the bible verse.

2. “Forgive” coloring sheet. This is a fun doodle sheet!

3. Hot Air Balloon Art: Explain how light (like a balloon) you feel when you forgive someone.


  1. Here is a four part strategy to teach children how to ask for forgiveness.
  2. Airplane Activity : Forgiving others makes us feel lighter and helps us to soar on in life. Holding a grudge weighs us down.

Product I’ve created to go along with this lesson: Character Education Bracelets–to reinforce positive character in a creative way!

Video that models forgiveness: Kid President on How To Change the World

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