Principal's Page - Vicky Haas
Making Positive Choices
Each month we incorporate an important character trait into our learning and teaching. This month we are focusing on making good choices. Every day our children make choices that may affect their safety and the safety of others. We want them to be able to think through the consequences of their choices, and know that by following the rules they can be happy and safe. Their choices not only affect them, but others. That is an important lesson to learn.
Peer pressure is a huge factor in our children’s lives. As they grow older, friends and opinions of peers become more and more important. Children need to be taught and have practice in resisting negative peer pressure, ways to remain confident in who they are and how to avoid behavior they know is unwise. Having those tough conversations with our kids, as well as teaching them methods of dealing with pressure are ways you can help prepare your children for what they will encounter.
Making good choices also means learning how to deal with frustration and anger. All of us get angry and frustrated. It’s how we deal with these feelings that makes all the difference. Our students learn that giving themselves time to cool down and think is important. Kids need to be able to express what is angering or frustrating them. Talking to an adult who cares can help the child work through the feeling, and then they can find a solution or way to address the problem. Kids, just like adults, make poor choices when they act first, think later.
Every child makes big and small choices every day. Giving them strategies, reminding them of expectations, and supporting their attempts will help them become strong at making positive choices in all aspects of their lives.
Mrs. Vicky Haas
Wittenberg K-8 Principal