Since summer school is officially over, I am back at work creating and getting new units ready for school next year.
One of the first things I wanted to work on was giving my 7 Habits of Happy Kids posters a “refresh.” Denyse at Scrappin’ Doodles did an amazing job creating clip art for the 7 Habits.
I cannot wait to use them in my lessons this year. I’m already brainstorming some character education lessons to share with you *after* they’ve been classroom tested. 🙂
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the 7 Habits of Happy Kids, it’s a book written by Sean Covey. The book mirrors The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey (his father). Sean’s book tells seven different stories about the animals who live in Seven Oaks, a woodland community. The characters learn how practicing the seven habits helps them to lead fuller and more productive lives. It is really a fabulous character education tool.
We use it in conjunction with The Leader in Me by Stephen Covey. This book serves as our “guide” as we work to establish a leadership theme in our building. Covey describes how several other schools have implemented The 7 Habits books with great success.
Like my friend Rafe says – “If I want my kids to work hard and be kind, I have to be the kindest and hardest working person they know.”
I really enjoyed reading through this with a group of people. I always learn more when I can “talk it out” with other people. Maybe you can find a group of like-minded peeps who are willing to try it out with you!
If you’ve made it all the way to the end of this post, you deserve a freebie! 🙂 Click on the picture below to download the posters from Dropbox. If you’re in a 7 Habits/Leader in Me/Lighthouse school, I’d love to hear from you!
Finally, don’t forget to stop by We Read, We Blog, We Teach for my friend Stephanie’s thoughts on Chapter 2: From “Management” to “Principled Habits.” We love hearing what you have to say!