Book Recommendation of the Week – The 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey
This tells the story of Covey’s 7 Habits (based on the adult version – `7 Habits for Highly Effective People`) for children to understand. It takes place in a place called 7 Oaks. It is a good read for students to understand what seven core good habits are to learn for the rest of your life (Be proactive, begin with an end in mind, put first things first, think win-win, seek first to understand – then to be understood, synergize and sharpen the saw). It provides children, parents and/or educators with some common language, about living life with principles, knowing what they are and what they look like. There is a parent/educators guide at the end of each section with useful tips and things you can do and talk about with your children.
I have used this version with grade 7 and 8 students. They broke into groups and each group was chose a habit to learn and then be able to re-teach it to grade 1 and 2 students. When the older students knew who their audience was, they were highly motivated and the younger students listened more because the message was coming from their respected peers. This book would be an excellent tool in connecting older students who have a common/shared experienced of being in a military family with younger students.
There is also a video you can purchase although I would encourage you to have the older students make their own video instead. It is also just a great book to read with your own children (which I have). It will be important to point out to any children that these habits will need to be worked on for life and aren’t things that you just have and never need to practice.