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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Where do we draw the line? Teaching Preschoolers Integrity.

By Cheri J. Meiners Age Range: 4-8


Sometimes we avoid talking to students about integrity; we just assume that it is something that is learned at home; but not always. I know I have a problem with telling a student that when they take something home from the class that it is stealing. I just don't want to give them the wrong idea or label them with something that they don't understand.

So when I reviewed this book, I thought it was the best way to help students understand integrity. And how important it is to feel good about who they are. Every so often I've had a parent bring back toys that their child carted off in their backpacks. Because it was something that they liked so much that they wanted to take it home with them. I wondered what the parent said about it, but never asked,  instead, I reminded the student that the school toys stay at school.

Although I think it is important for students to understand what they are doing. Drawing the line on what you say to students is important. We don't want to label them with something that they carry with them for the rest of their lives, but we do want to prepare them for the world that has rules, and one of those rules is that you don't take things that don't belong to you.

This fantastic book teaches students integrity; it discusses belonging, understanding who you are, making your own choices, working hard to accomplish the things you want to do, and never giving up. The book defines the importance of keeping your word and doing what you think is right, it also mentions not taking things that don't belong to you, and so much more, but I'll let you read it so you can get the full effect.

The illustrations are excellent, I love the large print and colorful pictures, it's my inner child screaming for more. I recommend this book to all educators and suggest you use it when you do the themes "All about Me" and when reviewing  "Social/ Emotional Development.  Please comment on my blog and tell me what you think, where should we draw the line, or is there a line to be drawn?

I have provided an Amazon link for this book so you can get your very own. https://www.amazon.com/Stand-Tall-about-integrity-Being/dp/157542486X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495317747&sr=8-1&keywords=stand+tall+and+book+about+integrity