Character Education Program

At CLCC we have adopted a program from the University of LA called Character Critters for our 2 and 3-year-old classrooms. The character education themes go hand in hand with themes used in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.  The curriculum committee created the last three months of character critters to complete a year’s worth of themes as with Charlotte Mecklenburg’s program. With Character Critters, stuffed animals are used to help teach the theme of the month:

September: Rusty the Respectful Raccoon
Be kind to friends and family
Listening to parents and teachers
Use good manners
No hitting or hurting
Talk about problems
Taking care of property: toys, playground, friends’ personal items

October: Roy the Responsible Rabbit
Do what you are supposed to do
Keep on trying
Always do your best
Help friends and family

November: Tommy the Trustworthy Turtle
Tell the truth
Follow the rules
Don’t take things that don’t belong to you
Do what you say you’re going to do – keep your promise

December: Carrie the Caring Cat
Be kind to people
Show family that you care
Say “please” and “thank you”
Help others
Community Projects

January: Fran the Fair Frog
Know and follow the rules
Share with friends and family
Listen to friends and family
Don’t put blame on family and friends

February: Cindy the Citizen Crab
Obey rules
Respect people in charge
Do not litter

March: Stanley the Standing Tall Giraffe
Stand up for yourself
Play what you want to play
Do the right thing

April: Polly the Problem-Solving Parrot
Solving problems with friends using words
Staying on task and working through frustrations
Staying positive

May: Sally the Self-Esteem Seal
Believe in yourself
Look what you can do!
You are AWESOME!

For 4-year-old and Pre-K classrooms, CLCC teachers have visited various elementary schools over the years and have taken note of changes to curriculums over these years.  It is our hope to make the transition into elementary school as easy as possible for our children.  So we have adopted the character education themes used in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools for this age group.  Teachers are also using the character stuffed animals to assist in teaching these traits.

The following are the character education themes for the following months:

September: Respect
Showing high regard for self, others and property

October: Responsibility
Being accountable for your own behavior

November: Honesty
Being truthful in word and action

December: Caring
Showing concern for the well-being of others
Community Projects

January: Justice and Fairness
Demonstrating impartial, unbiased and equitable treatment for all

February: Citizenship
Being an informed, responsible and caring participant in your community

March: Courage
Doing the right thing in the face of difficulty and following your conscience instead of the crowd

April: Perseverance
Staying on the task and not giving up.
Demonstrate commitment, pride and positive attitude in completing tasks.

May: Hope
Believing you will be successful

Working together as one towards specific goals will build a unique, special family here at CLCC. With both programs above our goal is to use various activities/games with students using props, role playing, Veggie Tales Movies/clips, etc. so that the students will gain a great understanding of the themes of character education.  These activities/games will be done once a week in each classroom. The character education theme of the month will be implemented in our specials (chapel, story time, music).