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Age 2½-6 (EarlyLearners) Part 1

Class Details
Age Group: 2½-6
Class Length: 30 mins
Number of Sessions: 9 (usually once per week)
Min/Max # Students: 6/10
Course Description: This course builds on the prerequisite SocialSmarts™ course by presenting an intensive look at nine of the underlying concepts, or virtues, that form the foundation of good character and strong social skills. Each lesson presents an individual virtue, examines its meaning and importance in light of its value to the child and current social scenarios. Exercises in good manners and social graces compliment and support the more-abstract discussions of the virtues themselves.

  • Class 1: Respect - Revisited

    Reviews some of the guiding principles of the SocialSmarts course including The Golden Rule and Respect. Defines the “virtues” and course format.
     
  • Class 2: The 3 C’s Part I: Compassion

    Incorporates review of lessons from SocialSmarts course, where we discuss seeing things from another’s perspective (“putting ourselves in another’s shoes”) and treating others the way we want to be treated along with new activities to emphasize concepts.
     
  • Class 3: The 3 C’s Part II: Caring

    Focuses on caring and why it’s important to be kind. Kindness is free to all, yet priceless, and can have a HUGE positive impact on any and all social situations.
     
  • Class 4: The 3 C’s Part III: Courtesy

    How simple polite behaviors such as please and thank you’s, being considerate and respectful, etc. can make the difference between getting what you need or want, or wish to be -- and not.
     
  • Class 5: Patience

    Why patience is important and how to exhibit it even when times are tough or things don’t go your way.
     
  • Class 6: Tolerance and Acceptance

    Examines differences among people, how they act, what they believe, perspective is reality. Appreciating that differences are what make the world interesting. How to deal with differences.
     
  • Class 7: About Cooperation

    How to get along in spite of differences of opinion, upbringing, culture, etc. Handling rude people and bad situations.
     
  • Class 8: Loyalty

    What is loyalty and why is it important? Examine situations in which loyalty is important and some where loyalty means “being true” to what’s right, in spite of friendships, promises, etc.
     
  • Class 9: Fairness vs. Equality

    Defining that fairness does not always mean “having it equal” (such as parents who grant extra privileges to older siblings, etc.).

Class fees are due at registration, and includes all class materials, certificate for the student upon graduation, and the price of the tea for the student and one parent (additional parents or guests may attend at a nominal cost to cover refreshment cost). Class size is limited as above to maximize the learning experience for the student.


Age 2½-6 (EarlyLearners) Part 2

Class Details
Age Group: 2½-6
Class Length: 45 mins
Number of Sessions: 9 (usually once per week)
Min/Max # Students: 6/14
Course Description: This course is a follow-on to Exploring the Virtues I which provides a detailed look at nine of the commonly-accepted concepts – the virtues – which form the foundation of good manners, strong social skills, and a positive moral character. This course combines discussion of the importance and relevance of the virtues in light of their impact on a child’s success in the world and current social situations.
 

  • Class 1: Quick recap of Virtues I

    Reviews the virtues covered in the preceding course and sets the stage for what will be covered in this course. Reinforces previous lessons in preparation for new virtues to be learned.
     
  • Class 2: Honesty

    Exploring the importance and value of honesty, even when it means getting in trouble. Examining the fine line between “honesty” and remaining kind, ie. through criticism and more.
     
  • Class 3: Trustworthiness

    Why it’s important for people to be able to trust you, and count on you. Builds on Honesty concepts. Making and keeping promises.
     
  • Class 4: Courage

    Explaining the nature, types, and importance of courage. Being “brave” and doing the right thing. Sticking up for what you believe in, but also having courage to be wrong.
     
  • Class 5: Responsibility, Part I

    Why being responsible is important. Types of responsibility, in-home, at school, in the community and examples.
     
  • Class 6: Responsibility, Part II

    How responsibility and accountability (“taking responsibility for actions/words”) go hand-in-hand. Ties this with the concept of “honor.”
     
  • Class 7: Self-discipline, Part I

    Having and practicing control of self. Examining loss of self-control examples: temper displays, cursing, etc. Natural consequences of lack of self-discipline.
     
  • Class 8: Self-discipline, Part II

    Using self-discipline to improve oneself. Examples, i.e. doing homework and chores before play, eating healthily, etc.
     
  • Class 9: Perseverance

    Exploring how not giving up, even when the going is tough, is the key to success. More than good ideas, more than taking the easy path. “Winners never quit, and quitters never win.”

Class fees are due at registration, and includes all class materials, certificate for the student upon graduation, and the price of the tea for the student and one parent (additional parents or guests may attend at a nominal cost to cover refreshment cost). Class size is limited as above to maximize the learning experience for the student.


Age 6-9 (Grade Schoolers) Part 1

Class Details
Age Group: 6-9
Class Length: 30 mins
Number of Sessions: 9 (usually once per week)
Min/Max # Students: 6/10
Course Description: This course builds on the prerequisite SocialSmarts™ course by presenting an intensive look at nine of the underlying concepts, or virtues, that form the foundation of good character and strong social skills. Each lesson presents an individual virtue, examines its meaning and importance in light of its value to the child and current social scenarios. Exercises in good manners and social graces compliment and support the more-abstract discussions of the virtues themselves.

  • Class 1: Respect - Revisited

    Reviews some of the guiding principles of the SocialSmarts course including The Golden Rule and Respect. Defines the “virtues” and course format.
     
  • Class 2: The 3 C’s Part I: Compassion

    Incorporates review of lessons from SocialSmarts course, where we discuss seeing things from another’s perspective (“putting ourselves in another’s shoes”) and treating others the way we want to be treated along with new activities to emphasize concepts.
     
  • Class 3: The 3 C’s Part II: Caring

    Focuses on caring and why it’s important to be kind. Kindness is free to all, yet priceless, and can have a HUGE positive impact on any and all social situations.
     
  • Class 4: The 3 C’s Part III: Courtesy

    How simple polite behaviors such as please and thank you’s, being considerate and respectful, etc. can make the difference between getting what you need or want, or wish to be -- and not.
     
  • Class 5: Patience

    Why patience is important and how to exhibit it even when times are tough or things don’t go your way.
     
  • Class 6: Tolerance and Acceptance

    Examines differences among people, how they act, what they believe, perspective is reality. Appreciating that differences are what make the world interesting. How to deal with differences.
     
  • Class 7: About Cooperation

    How to get along in spite of differences of opinion, upbringing, culture, etc. Handling rude people and bad situations.
     
  • Class 8: Loyalty

    What is loyalty and why is it important? Examine situations in which loyalty is important and some where loyalty means “being true” to what’s right, in spite of friendships, promises, etc.
     
  • Class 9: Fairness vs. Equality

    Defining that fairness does not always mean “having it equal” (such as parents who grant extra privileges to older siblings, etc.).

Class fees are due at registration, and includes all class materials, certificate for the student upon graduation, and the price of the tea for the student and one parent (additional parents or guests may attend at a nominal cost to cover refreshment cost). Class size is limited as above to maximize the learning experience for the student.


Age 6-9 (Grade Schoolers) Part 2

Class Details
Age Group: 6-9
Class Length: 45 mins
Number of Sessions: 9 (usually once per week)
Min/Max # Students: 6/14
Course Description: This course is a follow-on to Exploring the Virtues I which provides a detailed look at nine of the commonly-accepted concepts – the virtues – which form the foundation of good manners, strong social skills, and a positive moral character. This course combines discussion of the importance and relevance of the virtues in light of their impact on a child’s success in the world and current social situations.

  • Class 1: Quick recap of Virtues I

    Reviews the virtues covered in the preceding course and sets the stage for what will be covered in this course. Reinforces previous lessons in preparation for new virtues to be learned.
     
  • Class 2: Honesty

    Exploring the importance and value of honesty, even when it means getting in trouble. Examining the fine line between “honesty” and remaining kind, ie. through criticism and more.
     
  • Class 3: Trustworthiness

    Why it’s important for people to be able to trust you, and count on you. Builds on Honesty concepts. Making and keeping promises.
     
  • Class 4: Courage

    Explaining the nature, types, and importance of courage. Being “brave” and doing the right thing. Sticking up for what you believe in, but also having courage to be wrong.
     
  • Class 5: Responsibility, Part I

    Why being responsible is important. Types of responsibility, in-home, at school, in the community and examples.
     
  • Class 6: Responsibility, Part II

    How responsibility and accountability (“taking responsibility for actions/words”) go hand-in-hand. Ties this with the concept of “honor.”
     
  • Class 7: Self-discipline, Part I

    Having and practicing control of self. Examining loss of self-control examples: temper displays, cursing, etc. Natural consequences of lack of self-discipline.
     
  • Class 8: Self-discipline, Part II

    Using self-discipline to improve oneself. Examples, i.e. doing homework and chores before play, eating healthily, etc.
     
  • Class 9: Perseverance

    Exploring how not giving up, even when the going is tough, is the key to success. More than good ideas, more than taking the easy path. “Winners never quit, and quitters never win.”

Class fees are due at registration, and includes all class materials, certificate for the student upon graduation, and the price of the tea for the student and one parent (additional parents or guests may attend at a nominal cost to cover refreshment cost). Class size is limited as above to maximize the learning experience for the student.


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