Character Lesson for Mondays - HOPE

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What is Hope?

Hope can be defined as the desire for something combined with an anticipation of it happening.


What is a Goal? A goal is something that you are trying to do or achieve.

What is a resolution? A decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner.

A goal is the end result and the resolution is the process of deciding on the goal and figuring out how to get there.

Book I am using with this lesson:

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

How I used this book to teach about Hope

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

Discuss: I think Hope and Goals go hand in hand. You have to WANT to meet your goal in order for it to happen successfully. Vashti doesn’t think she can be an artist but with the encouragement of her teacher, she begins to thrive. Ask your child what they think made Vashti feel good about her work and what made her continue to create? Did she hope to get better? Do you think she had a goal to improve as an artist? At the end of the story, Vashti asks the little boy to sign his artwork. Why do you think she did that?

Craft: Noise Makers using household items.

Snack: New Year’s Dippers

Product I’ve created to go along with this lesson: Goal Setting and Resolution Planning Sheet for kids, parents and teachers

Video that models Hope and Goal Setting:

For Parents helping their children plan for the new year.

Planning for an Awesome Year with Kid President.

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