Character Development

Kindergarten, First and Second Graders

Developing Character Through Stories and Conversation with Mrs. Morgan and Mrs. Haines

Character development is a big part of education at Detroit Country Day School. Working with the children to develop their character goes hand in hand with our social curriculum, Responsive Classroom. We partner with teachers to help the children learn a set of social skills that include cooperation, assertiveness, responsibility, empathy, honesty, trustworthiness, and self-control. We spend time each month visiting the Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade classrooms to read stories which focus on our character trait of the month. In addition, we spend time meeting with small groups of students and individual students when the need arises. We have read many stories some of which include:


Friendship:

Duck & Goose

That's What Friends Are For


Leadership:

100th Customer


Thankfulness:

Bears Says Thank You


Holidays:

Those Shoes


Perseverance:

Pig & Crow

Big Al


Responsibility:

Katy & the Big Snow

One Bag


Cooperation:

The Giant Carrot


Honesty:

Will You Forgive Me?

The Boy Who Cried Wolf


We have also offered PM Enrichment classes for boys and girls in 1st and 2nd grade this year. During the first session we had: Girlfriends and Games. We met weekly to play games, role play, read stories about friendship and make a craft.


Our second session was: Boys and Board Games. We had weekly discussions about what makes a good friend and how to be a good friend. The boys also played games of strategy such as: Battleship, Pentago, Blokus, Uno, and Connect Four. Many discussions centered around being a good sport and playing by the rules.


The final session was: Crafts and Character for Girls. We read stories, had discussions about what the characteristics are of a good friend, made crafts to share with a friend, and we collected 100 dresses for girls who are less fortunate.