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Last week I had the pleasure of participating in Read In Week at Homesteader Elementary School in Edmonton, Alberta.

The kids thought it was really cool that someone came in to read to them.  But what they thought was even more cool was that I was Mrs. Bennett’s sister.  (My sister Phyllis works at the school.)

The books I chose to read were all about achieving goals, being unique, and following your dreams.

It was so much fun to converse with them and answer their questions.   Of course I stressed the importance that reading has to becoming an author.

I however, was much more impressed with the kids and this school, than they were in having me there. 

Homesteader Elementary is small, having only one classroom for each grade,  Kindergarten to grade 6.  

They participate in the Apple program, which teaches them the importance of healthy eating.  They also partake in the Leader in Me, a program developed by Steven Covey.  It is based on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People but geared towards children.

Everywhere I looked I saw positive messages posted on the walls promoting the 7 Habits of Happy Kids. 

1.  Be Proactive – I choose my actions, attitudes and moods.  I don’t blame others.  I do the right thing without being asked.

2.  Begin with the End in Mind – I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference.

3.  Put First Things First – I spend my time on things that are most important.  I set priorities, make a schedule and follow my plan. 

4.  Think Win-Win – I want everyone to be a success.  I don’t have to put others down to get what I want.

5.  Seek First to Understand – I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their point of view.

6.  Synergize – I value other people’s strengths and learn from them.  I get along with others, even people who are different from me. I am part of a team and know two heads are better than one.

7.  Sharpen the Saw – I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting enough sleep.  I spend time with family and friends.

In my opinion Homesteader school, although small, is mighty in its philosophy of teaching leadership, accountability, respect for others, and what it means to be healthy and successful, not just reading, writing and arithmetic.

I am really curious as to the difference instilling these habits will make in the lives of these young people.  I am betting it will be a huge influence in making their lives rosey. 

Good on you Homesteader Elementary School.  Thank you for this wonderful experience.  I salute you!

To happy kids,
Carla

 


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