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Positive Character Traits List for Kids

During a child's developmental years we all look for good and bad personality traits that can help define a child's character. Children usually display both good and not so good character traits within their personalities.

We can usually see the character of a child through their actions, especially their interactions with children around them. So if you want to learn the character traits of a child, try observing how they interact with others. Here are some tips for recognizing traits with kids. 

Tips for Recognizing Character Traits in Children

You can learn and recognize the character traits for kids if you observe their interactions, specifically how they react with:

  •  the other children they play with
  •  children who are their friends
  •  children who are not their friends
  •  adults in their lives, such as teachers, aunts, uncles and their friend's parents

We all know that kids have good and bad character traits, so here's a short list of some positive and bad character traits commonly found in children:

Positive Character Traits List:

Bad Character Traits List:

  • Disrespectful
  • Dishonest
  • Rude
  • Greedy
  • Selfish
  • Mean
  • Unkind
  • Sneaky

Character Education

Character education is the instruction of moral and ethical values. This includes parents and teachers teaching children character traits that will help them become moral adults. Qualities such as kindness, respect, responsibility, and caring are the common traits taught in today's character education programs and curricula.

To learn more about personality traits, try reading about the big five traits

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Best Friends Forever BFF Quotes

Quotes About Best Friends

Here are some BFF quotes (best friends forever) from some of our character building short stories. Enjoy them and feel free to use them as starting points to teach character to young learners. 

Best Friends Forever (BFF) Quotes

"Barkley, you don't have to be a girl to be my BFF, you just have to be my best friend forever!!!"
- by Sweet Sadie Mae

"Sweety a BFF (best friend forever) doesn't get you in trouble. A best friend is supposed to keep you out of trouble." 
- by Aunt Sharie

"Not so rough Sweet Sadie Mae, if Barkley's suppose to be your BFF, you have to treat him a bit nicer than you do." 
-Sweet Sadie Mae's Dad

"Barkley, it's ok for your best friends to tell you if you're wrong. That's what best friends are for." 
- by Sweet Sadie Mae

"If she's your BFF why did she say those mean things about you online? You have to do a better job at picking your friends Heather." 
- by Heather's Mom

Hope you enjoyed these quotes, feel free to use them in your learning environment, and if you do, please let us know in the comments. 

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Good Quality Character Traits Every Kid Should Have

As parents, grandparents and caregivers, there are numerous quality traits that we want our children to have. In this article, we’ll talk about five important character traits that are essential for kids to have. These are great traits for children to learn during their character education learning.

Let's Start with Good Character Trait #5: Self-Control

Having self-control over one's mind and body is a great trait for children to have, because it keeps them from making hasty or impulsive decisions. Children and adults who have the ability to stop and think, instead of reacting emotionally or impulsively, in tough situations, exhibit good self-control.

An Example and Benefit of Self-Control in Children

A 10-year-old and a 5-year-old are playing, and the 5-year-old punches the 10-year-old. The first impulse of the older child may be to hit back. Instead, the 10-year-old stops and thinks, “Hey, this 5-year-old is much smaller than me and doesn't know that when he punches me, it hurts. So I’m not going to retaliate by hitting him back.” In this case, the older child has exhibited good self-control, because he thought about the consequences instead of responding on pure impulse. Practicing self control can prevent many bad situations like from occurring.

Ok, Let's Move on to Good Character Trait #4: Courage

When we talk about courage as a character trait in children, we're not talking about the courage to fight off three bullies. We're talking about actions that seem small to us as adults, but are big in children's lives. Courage for children comes in very different ways.

Why is Courage Important for Children?

Courageous children are able to carry out sometimes difficult actions, such as:

  • speaking up for themselves or others when appropriate
  • not always following the crowd, especially when the crowd is engaged in bad/dangerous activities
  • walking away from a fight or argument before it starts

Having courage can arm children with the tools needed to make decisions that can greatly improve their lives. A seemingly little thing like having the courage to say no to a dangerous activity could potentially save another child’s life or their own.

An Example of Courage in Children

A child is hanging out in the neighborhood with a group of friends, and one of them says, “Hey, it would be cool to go play on the train tracks.” The other kids agree and proceed to go play on the tracks. Instead of following his/her friends, the child decides, “Playing on the train tracks is dangerous. Even if my friends are doing it, I'm not going to do it.” Children who are able to make similar decisions have courage, which can help keep them out of harm’s way for years to come.

Ok, Let's Move on to Good Character Trait #3: Kindness

Having kindness, and the ability to show it, is another great character trait that children should have. Kindness includes the quality of being friendly, considerate and generous to other people and the environment.

It’s important for children to learn and practice kindness, because children who are kind to others, and the world around them, are more likely to continue this behavior as adults.

An Example of Kindness in Children

When a child falls or gets hurt, and a classmate asks, “Are you alright?” and helps pick him up, that classmate is showing kindness. Children who have the ability to show kindness, grow up to be adults who are more likely to continue showing kindness to others..

Ok, Let's Move on to Good Character Trait #2: Respect

Respect, or having high regard for someone or something, is another great character trait for children to have. Respect is often earned from or demanded by others.
When children are able to have and show respect for others, they’re more likely to listen, follow directions and be disciplined.

An Example of Respect in Children

The home and classroom are ideal environments for children to practice respect for their parents and teachers. There may be many times when children do not want to do what their parents/teachers say, or do not agree with what their parents/teachers say. At these times, it is important for children to be respectful.

Having respect for a teacher/parent allows children to be obedient, even if they disagree with or do not understand what is being asked of them.

Ok, Let's Move on to Good Character Trait #1: Love

Love is hands down the most important character trait for children to have. While the formal definition of love is “an intense feeling of deep affection,” we know that definition cannot sum up what love is.

Love is intangible and cannot be taught, from a book like other school subjects, but children can learn what love is through positive experiences with parents, family and friends. Childhood experiences can greatly affect how children treat others and themselves as adults.

Children can learn and experience love when:

  • They build positive memories with family and friends
  • Witness positive interactions among family and friends
  • See family members take care of their own mental, physical and spiritual health

Children often learn by imitation; therefore, children who are often surrounded by love are more likely to love others and themselves. Love helps children improve their ability to build healthy relationships as adults.

An Example of Love in Children

A group of children are playing together at the park. An unpopular kid (but the best friend of one of the children) attempts to join the fun. A couple of kids decide to make malicious jokes about the unpopular kid, but one kid (the best friend) decides not to join in on the jokes. He understands that joining in on the jokes, about his friend, is not the way to show his friend love.

Good Character Trait Summary

Let’s review the five quality character traits for children to have:

  1. Love
  2. Respect
  3. Kindness
  4. Courage
  5. Self Control

Situations where these traits are handy are prevalent in our children’s daily lives. Helping your child develop these quality character traits during their developmental years will prepare them to become respectful, caring and kind adults.

In the comments section below, feel free to share other character traits that you believe are ideal for children to have.

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Free Kids Games What Would You Do?

A great game to play with kids is SSM What Would You Do?™ In this game, kids read or listen to a SSM What Would You Do story and at the end they answer the question "what would you do?". This is a great scenario game, and a easy way to start understanding how children would handle certain character challenging situations.

As a parent or educator, you'll not only obtain an understanding of how your child will handle situations, you'll also have the opportunities to correct their potential behavior if their answers reveal undesirable behaviors. 

Enjoy these two free stories below, and use them to play the SSM What Would You Do™? game.

What Would You Do? Game Directions

Directions: Read or listen to the stories below and have the learner answer the question What Would You Do?

Be sure to probe kids answers and ask them "why" and to explain their answers.

If you use this game, let us know and give us a shout on Twitter at @mySweetSadieMae

More information about What Would You Do?™ Original Stories. 

WWYD stories prompt learners with situations that help build character, and help parents and educators understand how young learners would handle character challenging scenarios.

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Bullying Quotes for Kids

When looking to help your students protect themselves against bullying and to help them talk to their friends about bullying, you can use the anti-bullying quotes below.

As educators and human beings, we know that bullying and harassment can be intimidating and harmful, but preparing our children with some facts about bullying can help them begin to understand why bullying is wrong.

Here are some Sweet Sadie Mae & Friends character quotes about bullying from our original stories featured on the Character Corner.

Enjoy, and please let us know if they helped you or not.

 

Anti-Bullying Quotes by Sweet Sadie Mae & Friends

 

- "Why are you bullying me? Just be cool with me, and then we can be friends."​
Author: Bobby

 

- "People don't like bullies. I know I don't like them."​
Author: Sweet Sadie Mae

 

- "Friends don't let friends get bullied."​
Author: Barkley

 

- "You won't make good friends by bullying people."​
Author: Sweet Sadie Mae

 

- "Grandma said bullies are like colds. Nobody wants one."​
Author: Sweet Sadie Mae

 

- "If you're a bully, you should feel ashamed of yourself."
Author: Joy

 

- "Barkley, no one should try to make you feel bad about yourself."
Author: Sweet Sadie Mae

 

- "If you teased someone until they frown, then you're a bully."
Author: Joy

 

- "Do you know bullying is wrong? Your grandmother would be ashamed of you!"
Author: Sweet Sadie Mae

 

- "Why are you picking on me because I'm different? Would you like for someone to pick on you? Then why are you picking on me?"​
Author: Hector

 

- "Barkley, those bullies are jealous of you, because you're smart and you have character!"
Author: Sweet Sadie Mae

 

We hope the quotes above help you in your goal to teach kids about bullying and how to address bullying.

Give us a shout @mySweetSadieMae to let us know if the anti-bullying quotes were helpful.

Thank you,
Lee 

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Reading, Writing Quizzes, & Earning Badges with the Character Corner

The Sweet Sadie Mae Character Corner ® contains online books, stories, did you know facts, biographies and other content to help educators provide children with the character building tools to make the right decisions, all while improving ELA skills. Music: bensound.com

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Original Diverse Characters for Our Online Kids Books

Visit our Characters Page to learn more about the Sweet Sadie Mae original characters we use in our online kids' books.  

Sweet Sadie Mae Original Characters

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Little Known Black History Month & African American Facts E-book

Free Black History Month Ebook Pack

Educators, use the form below to download your free Black History Month Fact Ebook. It contains facts about Black History and African American people.

Hope you enjoy and feel free to leave a comment to let us know what think. 

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My Favorite Superhero, A Story About Sharing & Compromising at Halloween

Enjoy this read aloud of "My Favorite Superhero, The Battle for Mr. Galaxy" an original story from our Sweet Sadie Mae Character Corner® platform.  

"My Favorite Superhero, The Battle for Mr. Galaxy" takes place around Halloween, and opens up the conversation about sharing and compromising. It’s part of our SSM What Would You Do?™ Volumes. Similar stories are available on our Character Corner platform. Please tell us what you think. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.

 

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Women’s History Month Fact, Michelle Wie | Did You Know Volumes

Did you know at the age of 11 Michelle Wie, an American Golfer, won both the Hawaii State Women’s Stroke Play Championship and the Jennie K. Wilson Women’s Invitational?

Michelle started playing golf when she was 4 years old and continues to play golf as a professional in the LPGA Tour. 

Similar facts availabe on our Character Corner online platform.

Women's History Month Fact

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It’s Not Easy Being Teased! A Story About Bullying & Teasing.

Enjoy this read aloud of "It’s Not Easy Being Teased!" an original story from our Sweet Sadie Mae Character Corner® platform.  

"It’s Not Easy Being Teased!" is a story about teasing and bullying. It’s part of our SSM What Would You Do?™ Volumes. Similar stories are available on our Character Corner platform. Please tell us what you think. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments. 

 

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Bullying Definition

Bullying Definition

The definition of bullying is to tease, threaten or hurt someone who is smaller.   

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Principal Nadia Lopez, Making a Difference at Mott Hall Bridges Academy

Here's a great story about Principal Nadia Lopez, of Mott Hall Bridges Academy. She's making a true difference in the lives of students. 

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Courage

Courage is having the strength to overcome an obstacle even when afraid.

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Care & Kindness

Care and kindness is showing concern for others by being friendly, generous and considerate.

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Bravery

Bravery is completing a difficult or frightening task without showing fear.

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Happy

The ability to feel, or show, pleasure and statisfaction.

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Patience

The ability to remain calm when delays or problems occur.

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Kindness Character Traits Graphic Organizer for the Classroom Poster

Teachers feel free to use this kindness character trait graphic organizer to motivate students to show acts of kindness with the reward of displaying their name on the poster. 

This character trait graphic organizer poster is designed to be printed at the smallest size of 11x17 inches and at the highest 19x27 inches.

Download the Kindness Character Trait Graphic Organizer for the Classroom

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Character Education Lesson Plans & Activity Ideas for Elementary Children

We all know how important the instruction of character education is in raising our children to be moral and ethical adults. 

Since children spend a large portion of their youth development in school, the bulk of their character education and reinforcement will come from teacher lesson plans.

Here are a few character education lesson plan ideas that teachers can use in their character education curriculum for elementary age children. Parents  can also use these ideas as a base for the character education activities at home with their children.

Character Education Lesson Plan Idea 1: Have an Open Discussion about the Difference Between Bullying and Playful Teasing

Kids will be kids, and they will tease each other with friendly intentions, but all children don't take friendly teasing well. When children have the ability to know the difference between bullying and friendly teasing, it makes it easier for parents and teachers to take proper action in cases of bullying.

For this lesson core, have a discussion with children  about the difference between bullying and playful teasing. Record discussion responses on a mind map and ask children if there are any questions they want answered about bully or playful teasing.

Character Education Lesson Plan Idea 2: Reinforce Respect for Teachers, Parents and Older Adults

Having respect for teachers, parents and caretakers is definitely an important part to a child's successful development. Without respect for these authority figures children miss out on the helpful advice that these adults give to them.

For the lesson core, focus on why it's important for children to have respect for authority figures.

Work through a scenario vs. chart, which shows two scenarios and two different outcomes:

  1. One where a child is in a situation where he listens to and respects an adult figure, which results in a positive outcome.
  2. One where the same child is faced with the same situation but disrespects the adult figure, which results in a negative outcome.

For a lesson plan activity on respect check out our teaching children respect for teachers classroom and parent and child activities.

Character Education Lesson Plan Idea 3: Show Examples of Good and Bad Character Traits 

Children should understand what good and bad character traits look like. When children recognize good and bad character traits they can identify the behavior that causes them, which will help shape their overall personality and character.

For the lesson core, show children examples of good and bad character traits. Integrate cartoon clips that have characters whose behaviors demonstrate good and bad character traits.

Here are some 80's - 90's Cartoon Shows with Characters that show Good and Bad Character Traits:

  • The Jetsons
  • Duck Tales
  • Dark Wing Duck

Summary of Character Education Lesson Plan Ideas

  1. Have an Open Discussion about the Difference Between Bullying and Playful Teasing
  2. Reinforce Respect for Teachers, Parents and Older Adults
  3. Show Examples of Good and Bad Character Traits

I hope these character education ideas for elementary school children help you develop full lesson plans to help children develop character. Be sure to check out our online platform Character Corner, filled with stories, biographies, facts and activities to help build children's character. Also read our showing respect for teachers activity to learn more about teaching children to show respect. 

If you have any character education lesson plan ideas that you want to share, please list them in the comments.

Thank you,

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Dolores Huerta: Civil Rights Activist: Women are Extraordinary: Women’s History Fact

Dolores Huerta, Civil Rights Activist: Women are Extraordinary: Women's History Fact

Did you know in 1965 Dolores Huerta, a civil rights activist and a leader in labor rights, organized a boycott to protest the dangers of pesticides to grape pickers in California?

The boycott resulted in improved wages and conditions for farm workers in the grape industry.

Before Dolores became an activist, she was a grammar school teacher.

Dolores Huerta: Civil Rights Activist

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Helen Keller: Author, Women’s Rights Leader, Supporter of People with Disabilities: Women’s History

Helen Keller: Women are Extraordinary: Women's History Fact

Did you know even though Helen Keller was blinded by an illness when she was a child, she grew up to become a best-selling author, a leader in the Women’s Rights Movement, and a supporter for people with disabilities? 

Helen Keller helped the world realize that people with disabilities are intelligent and can make great contributions to society.

Helen Keller: Did You Know Women Are Extraordinary

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Women are Extraordinary, Celebrating Women’s History: Women’s History Month Fact 1

Celebrating Women’s History: Women are Extraordinary

Did you know the original idea of celebrating Women’s History was created in 1981 when Congress passed Public Law 97-28., which requested the president to create a week of celebrating Women’s History?   

It wasn’t until one year later that the first celebration of Women’s History took place.

Celebrating Women's History: Women Are Extraordinary Women History Fact

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Dr. Charles R. Drew: Black History Month Fact 19

BLACK HISTORY MONTH FACT #19

Did you know that African American surgeon Dr. Charles R. Drew is responsible for creating, organizing and directing the first large-scale blood banking program?

Dr. Drew was also responsible for developing a new technique that helped preserve blood longer for future transfusions.

Source: Library of Congress

Dr. Charles R. Drew Black History Month Facts

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James Baldwin: Writer, Poet and Activist: Black History Month Fact 18

BLACK HISTORY MONTH FACT #18

Did you know that famous writer, poet and activist James Baldwin was inspired at a young age by African American artist Beauford Delaney?

Beauford Delaney inspired James by showing him that African Americans can be artists.

Source: Library of Congress

James Baldwin: Writer, Poet, Activist: Black History Facts

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