April

April: Perseverance
To keep going and never give up, even when things are hard

In April, students will recognize that it often takes many hours of challenging work to master a skill and reach your goals. They will understand that developing an ethic of perseverance is a key component to enduring difficulties, refusing to give up until you have reached your full potential. 


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Home-to-School Connection 
Practice perseverance at home with your child! Please choose from the following options or create your own.

Make time to talk, take time to listen...
Select as many questions as you would like to discuss. These questions are intended to serve as a starting point for you and your child to learn more about yourselves and each other.

PS41/AprillTalkWhat does it mean to have perseverance?
How can you show perseverance at school?
How can you show perseverance at home?
What obstacles have you faced in your own life? How have you overcome them?
What strategies can you use to keep going when something is hard for you?
Why is it important to set goals, even if you know it will be tough to achieve them? 
Who do you know that you would consider a role model for perseverance? Why?
What does it mean to be true to yourself? How can you stay true to yourself in difficult times?
Consider what you have learned in Science. Are there examples of perseverance in our natural environment? How does the environment recover from disasters or damage, people have caused?
How can we protect systems in our environment and support environmental perseverance? 

Some key phrases you might like to use in your discussion are:

  • Persevering means we don’t give up even when it is hard.To persevere means we do not let obstacles get in the way of our goal.

  • When we persevere we enjoy the journey and do not get discouraged if it is going in a way that we did not expect.

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Activities

  • Video – Watch this inspiring true story about a group of children that started their own soccer team in Thailand: The Impossible Football Club
  • Quotes - Read and discuss any of the following quotes. Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not?

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” - Confucius

“It always seems impossible until it's done.” - Nelson Mandela

“It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required.” - Winston S. Churchill

“Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” - Thomas A. Edison

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.” - Vince Lombardi

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” –John Quincy Adams

“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” –Julie Andrews

“Just remember, you can do anything you set your mind to, but it takes action, perseverance, and facing your fears.” –Gillian Andrews

  • Write - Have your child choose an area where doing his or her personal best matters to him or her. Write a daily ‘personal best’ journal, including at least three things they are proud of that they did each day.

  • Try a puzzle! - Find one that has a theme that is extremely challenging or a puzzle with a large number of pieces.  Perseverance will take place over time, and give your child a goal to working towards.  Don’t give up… the picture will be worth it!!!!


Recommended ReadsPS41/AprilStars2

Find a book that you think is most appropriate to read with your child, from some of our favorites... 

Pre-Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
Otto Goes to the Beach (Todd Parr)
The Carrot Seed (Ruth Krauss)
The Little Engine That Could (Watty Piper)
The Most Magnificent Thing (Ashley Spires)
Today I Will Fly! (Mo Willems)

3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Dumpling Days (Grace Lin)
Only a Witch Can Fly (Alison McGhee)
Wild Pitch (Cal Ripken Jr.)
Young Man And The Sea (Rodman Philbrick)

Additional Resources for Parents
How to Teacher Kids Perseverance and Goal-Setting
Perseverance Games for Kids
12 Tips to Raise a Persistent Child
Teaching Your Child Perseverance and Confidence