January

January: Responsibility
Taking ownership and holding yourself accountable for actions and behavior

In January, students will study their own lives and daily routines, identifying opportunities to be responsible. They will understand that as we grow we become capable of taking on more responsibilities, yet at any age we are responsible for our behavior. Students will discuss situations where being responsible could be challenging for them and others. As a community we will explore how having self-discipline, making plans for how you want to live your life and following through, helps us take ownership of what we do, and prepares us to set goals for improvement.



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Home-to-School Connection
Practice responsibility 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/LetsTalkJanWhat responsibility do we have to our community and our planet?
How can you show responsibility in the classroom or at home?
How else can you be a responsibility role model for others?
Have you ever let somebody else take the blame for something you did? What happened? How did you or the other person feel about it?          
Do you consider yourself to be a responsible person? Why? In what ways?         
Does it matter to you whether or not people think of you as responsible? Why, or why not?           
How can acting irresponsibly hurt people's friendships? How can being responsible make you a better friend?           

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Activities

  • Interview – Ask your family questions about responsibility. How do they show responsibility? Why is it important to show you are responsible?

  • Design a Poster – Illustrate different ways to be responsible.

  • Responsibility Record – For one week keep a daily record of all of your responsibilities. (ex. social commitments, homework, household chores) At the end of the week review your record and reflect on how you feel. Were you responsible this week? Why or why not?

  • Make a Public Service Announcement – Teach others why it is important for humanity to show responsibility towards the environment. Explain steps we can take.

  • Picture it! - Create a picture book with examples of responsibility.

  • Quotes - Read and discuss any of the following quotes. Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not?

“The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs. ” — Joan Didion

“If a link is broken, the whole chain breaks.” — Yiddish proverb

“In golf and in life, it’s the follow-through that makes the difference.” — Anonymous

“I long to accomplish some great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” — Helen Keller

“We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.” — Calvin Coolidge

“It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.” — Chinese proverb

Recommended ReadsPS41/JanStar2
Find a book that you think is most appropriate to read with your child, from some of our favorites... 

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Pre-Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
A Chair for My Mother (Vera B. Williams)
Being Responsible (Cassie Mayer)
David Gets in Trouble (David Shannon)
Do I Have To?: Kids Talk About Responsibility - (Nancy Loewen)
Following Rules (Cassie Mayer)
Horton Hatches the Egg (Dr. Seuss)
I Just Don't Like the Sound of No! My Story About Accepting No for an Answer and Disagreeing the Right Way! (Julia Cook)
Just a Dream (Chris Van Allsburg)
Know and Follow Rules - (Cheri J. Meiners)
Nicki - American Girl - (Ann Howard Creel)
Oh, The Places Youíll Go! (Dr. Seuss)
Respect and Take Care of Things - Learning to Get Along (Cheri J. Meiners)
Talk and Work It Out - Learning to Get Along (Cheri J. Meiners M.Ed.)
The Berenstain Bears and the Blame Game - (Stan Berenstain)
The Boy Who Cried Wolf (A. Trussell-Cullen)
Think Before You Act: Learning about Self-Discipline and Self-Control - Character Education Readers (Regina Burch)
We Live Here Too!: Kids Talk About Good Citizenship (Nancy Loewen)
You Can Count of Me - Character Education Readers (Regina Burch)

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3rd Grade - 5th Grade
A Chair for My Mother (Vera B. Williams)
Being Responsible (Cassie Mayer)
Do I Have To?: Kids Talk About Responsibility (Nancy Loewen)
Following Rules (Cassie Mayer)
I Just Don't Like the Sound of No! My Story About Accepting No for an Answer and Disagreeing the Right Way! (Julia Cook)
Just a Dream (Chris Van Allsburg)
Know and Follow Rules (Cheri J. Meiners)
Nicki - American Girl (Ann Howard Creel)
Oh, The Places You'll Go! (Dr. Seuss)
Respect and Take Care of Things - Learning to Get Along (Cheri J. Meiners)
Talk and Work It Out - Learning to Get Along (Cheri J. Meiners M.Ed.)
The Boy Who Cried Wolf (A. Trussell-Cullen)
The Giving Tree (Shel Silverstein)
The Pirate Queen (Emily Arnold McCully)
Think Before You Act: Learning about Self-Discipline and Self-Control - Character Education Readers (Regina Burch)
Uncle Jedis Barbershop (Maaree Mitchell)
We Live Here Too!: Kids Talk About Good Citizenship (Nancy Loewen)
What If Everybody Did That? - (Ellen Javernick)

Additional Resources for Parents
How To Teach Kids Self-Discipline
10 Great Ways to Teach Children Responsibility