I've always believed that children should celebrate who they are. So this week I decided to throw my students a party to congratulate them on being themselves.
At the party, they all got lots of "gifts" â the gifts of their own talents and attributes, and of being able to benefit from each other's. We talked about how everyone has gifts that haven't even been opened yet; about how we get "surprise parties" all throughout our lives, where we open new gifts.
The Mr. Men and Little Miss books by Roger Hargreaves are great for times like these, when you discuss personalities with your class. As part of our celebration, I had my students draw self-portraits of what they think they are like, and we made a class book.
This is a good introductory activity to get kids thinking about who they are and who they would like to be. It is not meant to be a serious discussion on character development, but instead a light-hearted activity that makes kids feel good about themselves, no matter what. In upcoming posts, I will talk about character education, and about how you can get parents involved.
Everybody has weaknesses as well as strengths, and tries the best they can. Let students pick any one of their many qualities, even a not-so-good one. Explain that since the quality they pick is just one of many, and can even be changed if they want, it does not define them or limit them. It's just part of what makes them special.
Images copyright Penguin Books Australia.
Mr. and Little Miss Chatterbox talk more than a lot, and Mr. Noisy talks loudly. Mr. Quiet lives in Loudland, but likes the quiet life. Little Miss Bossy loves to tell everyone what to do while Little Miss Stubborn hates being told what to do. I'm sure you have some students like these in your room!
The children should use shape, color, and expression to match their pictures to their personality traits.
Mr. Good is good, but he lives in Badland. Mr. Mischief, Little Miss Bad, Little Miss Naughty, and Little Miss Trouble are all bad and like to play tricks and practical jokes on people. Little Miss Scary loves to scare people more than anything else in the world. Mr. and Little Miss Greedy always want more than their fair share, while Mr. Nosey is always snooping around in other people's business.
Mr. Happy is very happy; Little Miss Fun is happy as a lark; and Mr. Cheerful always wakes up in a cheerful mood. Little Miss Sunshine brings laughter and cheer to all, as does Mr. Funny, who loves to cheer everyone up with his jokes and humor. Mr. Tickle enjoys tickling everyone he meets. Little Miss Giggles can't stop giggling.
On the other hand, Mr. Grumble is always complaining; Mr. Grumpy has a shockingly bad temper; and Mr. Mean and Mr. Rude are unkind and insulting to everybody. Mr. Uppity and Little Miss Splendid think they are better than everyone else. Mr. Perfect believes he is . . . well, perfect.
Mr. Happy is fat, round, and happy. He taught Mr. Miserable to turn his mouth up at the corners. People love Mr. Cheerful's bright, sunny smile, even though he only has three hairs on his head. The really long arms belong to Mr. Tickle. Mr. Grumpy is rectangular, blue, and frowns. Mr. Rude is red and has a big nose.
Little Miss Brainy knows an awful lot of things. Mr. Clever thinks he knows everything, and Little Miss Curious wants to know everything. Little Miss Wise is very sensible, but Mr. Nonsense, Mr. Silly, and Little Miss Dotty live in Nonsenseland. Mr. Dizzy is not very clever, either. Poor Mr. Muddle can never get anything right; Mr. Wrong does everything the wrong way; and Mr. Topsy Turvy does everything the wrong way around. Little Miss Scatterbrain and Mr. Forgetful have terrible memories. And then there's Little Miss Contrary, always saying the opposite of what she means.
Mr. Cool is popular, and Little Miss Star wants to be. Mr. Impossible can do the most amazing things, and Little Miss Magic can do powerful magic. Mr. Nervous, Mr. Worry, and Mr. Jelly are nervous, worried, and afraid about everything, but Mr. Brave is courageous.
Little Miss Quick and Mr. Rush are always in a hurry, and Mr. and Little Miss Busy always have so much to do. Little Miss Late is never on time. Mr. Slow is slow at everything; Little Miss Fickle can never make up her mind; and Mr. Lazy is the laziest person in the world. Little Miss Helpful tries to help everyone (but ends up making things worse).
Little Miss Neat and Little Miss Tidy keep things neat and clean and in their correct places. Mr. Fussy spends all his time fussing over everything. But Mr. Messy is always making a mess.
Little Miss Tidy carries a bag. Mr. Fussy has straight, combed hair. Mr. Messy is made of scribbles.
Mr. Strong is the strongest person in the world; Little Miss Somersault is very agile; and Mr. Bounce bounces like a rubber ball. Mr. Tall has long legs. Mr. Small is smaller than a pin, and Little Miss Tiny is even tinier than Mr. Small. Mr. Skinny is very thin. Little Miss Plump is not. Mr. Clumsy always breaks things or knocks things over; Mr. Bump is always bumping into things; and his sister, Little Miss Whoops, cannot help having little accidents. Little Miss Lucky is anything but lucky.
The kids may surprise you with how accurate they are.
Have a characteristic weekend!