May

May: Courage
Being able to face challenging situations with confidence

​In May, students will learn that we need courage when we are afraid to do something, but know it’s what we should do. While we all need courage, it may be difficult to know when and what others are afraid of. Students will show respect for their classmates because they want them to be courageous, learning new things rather than being afraid of making a mistake. We will practice finding the courage to stand up for ourselves and others.

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Home-to-School Connection
Practice courage 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.

What is courage?
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What makes you feel nervous, afraid or uncomfortable?
What do you do to make yourself feel better?

When do you need to be courageous?
How can you help bring forth courage in others and/or yourself?
How can you be an independent thinker?
Does it take courage to be different? Why or why not?
What does it mean to be a leader?
Why do we need leaders?
How may I lead?
Do you have the courage to try something new?

Remind your child of fears they have overcome from the past. For example, ask “Why aren’t you still afraid of monsters under your bed or riding a bike?” 

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Activities
  • Speak Up – Many people have a fear of public speaking. Challenge your child to share a topic he/she feels passionate about with family and friends.

  • Something New – Ask your child, “Is there something you really want to do but never tried or would like to get better at?” Create a plan for how to make it happen! Is there someone you know that is a little better at this than you? Could you ask them for help? What’s the worst that could happen? What’s the best that could happen?

  • Role Models – Investigate the life of someone who has demonstrated courage, such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa or Nelson Mandela. Keep track of the challenges this person overcame by refusing to give up or give in to fear. Write a story about their life or make a list of how others have benefited from this individual’s achievements.


 Recommended ReadsPs41/MayStars2

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

Pre-Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
A Bird About to Sing (Laura Nyman Montenegro)
Anne Frank (Yona Zeldis McDonough)
A Picture Book of Jackie Robinson (David Adler)
Brave Irene (William Steig)
Chowder (Peter Brown)
Courage (Bernard Waber)
Don't Be a Chicken (Disney's Chicken Little)
Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken (Kate DiCamillio)
One (Kathryn Otoshi)
Peep: A Little Book about Taking a LeapSay Something (Peggy Moss)
Scaredy Squirrel (Melanie Watt)
Shelia Rae the Brave (Kevin Henkes)
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon (Patty Lovell)
The Bus Ride That Changed History -The Story of Rosa Parks (Ducan Edwards)
The Lion and the Mouse (Jerry Pinkney)
The Little Yellow Leaf (Carin Berger)
The Recess Queen (Alexis Oneill)
The Story of Ruby Bridges (Robert Coles)
The Tale of Despereaux (Kate DiCamillo)
The Wildest Brother (Cornelia Funke)
Thunder Cake (Patricia Polacco)

3rd Grade - 5th Grade
A Bird About to Sing (Laura Nyman Montenegro)
Anne Frank (Yona Zeldis McDonough)
A Picture Book of Jackie Robinson (David Adler)
Brave Irene (William Steig)
Courage (Bernard Waber)
Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken (Kate DiCamillio)
Number the Stars (Lois Lowry)
One (Kathryn Otoshi)
Say Something (Peggy Moss) 
​Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon (Patty Lovell)
The Bus Ride That Changed History -The Story of Rosa Parks (Ducan Edwards)
The Recess Queen (Alexis Oneill)
The Story of Ruby Bridges (Robert Coles)
The Tale of Despereaux (Kate DiCamillo)
Thunder Cake (Patricia Polacco)

Additional Resources for Parents
How to Teach Children Courage (Gabby Bugwadia)
Teaching Courage to Children (Cindy Jett)