Character Counts Week inspires and celebrates character. It focuses on the six pillars of character – trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
According to the Character Counts website:
Every year, the U.S. President, U.S. Senate, and officials around the world proclaim the third week in October CHARACTER COUNTS! Week. Last year 8 million kids in 54 countries participated. No matter what your political or religious affiliation, this event is about the universal values we share.
Daily Character Ideas:
I wrote about Character Counts week last year in my posts It’s Character Counts! Week and Make a Difference from Home. In my posts last year, I listed the Character Counts! daily character ideas for adults to emphasize during Character Counts! Week. Those ideas would be great to follow this year, too.
Free Character Education Resources:
There are some free resources for Character Counts! Week that you won’t want to miss out on. They’re wonderful for schools and homeschools as well as families in general. All you have to do is register to have access to the free resources.
My favorite resources are the “Tips for Parents” handout as well as the Film Clips for Character Education and Film Clips for Character Education Study Guide. I love the film clips, but they’re only free until the end of Character Counts! Week. So it’s a good idea to register as soon as possible if you’d like to view and discuss the film clips with your child.
Available year round is the Lesson Plan Bank with lesson plans for students in all levels K-12. Last year, I linked to the lesson plan called Sharing Our Surplus Stash: A Trick-Or-Treat Twist, which is designed to help 4-6 year olds learn about citizenship and develop an attitude of sharing/donating (and help you get rid of that excess Halloween candy at the same time!). A few new seasonal lessons focusing on fairness are There Is No Such Thing as a Perfect Pumpkin, Pumpkin Fallacies, and Putting the ‘pi’ In Pumpkin Pie.
Whether you’re part of a larger celebration or one within your own family, please join me in celebrating Character Counts! Week October 16-22!