Family Activities for Trait of the Month

Activities, discussion topics, and books to help teach and learn about each month’s character trait.

September 2022: DEDICATION

Being committed to a task or purpose, and devoting time and energy to that particular task or purpose.

What does dedication mean to you?

Can you name something or someone you are dedicated to?

The month of September is dedicated to recognizing several holidays and acknowledgements in our country.  Labor Day, Rosh Hashanah, and Hispanic Heritage Month are a few examples of special days we acknowledge.


WEEK ONE

Labor Day is a time to honor workers and their dedication to the jobs we all benefit from.  Labor Day has been a federal holiday since 1894.  It is recognized on the first Monday of September.

What is a job or chore you do at home, that is helpful to your family?  Share as a family the different tasks each family member does, and how it helps the family as a whole. 

Come up with a fun way your family can celebrate your dedication to one another.

Richard Scarry’s A Day At The Fire Station

When I Grow Up by Mercer Mayer

The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters by Janet & Allan Ahlberg


WEEK TWO

Jobs, sports, and even hobbies are not always easy.  Even something you enjoy doing can be challenging at times.  

Dedication means sticking with it even when things get hard.

What are good choices you have to be dedicated to making, especially when the task starts getting difficult?

What is something you can dedicate time to everyday or several times a week to strengthen your character or that helps someone else? 

 Some examples: 

*Write letters or thank you cards to family, friends or community workers to show appreciation for their dedication to you and your community.

*Spend an extra 10 minutes reading or practicing math skills.

*Volunteer with a community organization.

“Don’t Give Up” Bruno Mars on Sesame Street
“Dick and Rick Hoyt The Extra Mile”

Elephants Cannot Dance by Mo Willems

The Grasshopper and the Ant, Aesop’s Fables

Emmanuel’s Dream The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson and Sean Qualls


WEEK THREE

Rosh Hashanah is Jewish New Year.  It is celebrated as the “head of the Jewish year”.  This year it is celebrated from sundown September 25th and ends after nightfall September 27th.  

This important holiday in the Jewish faith is dedicated to celebrating with prayer, blowing the shofar, lighting candles, and savoring sweet apples dipped in honey and delicious Challah bread.  

*What is your favorite holiday?

*What is a new tradition you and your family can create to celebrate the beginning of a new school year?

Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride by Deborah Bodin Cohen

Once Upon an Apple Cake by Elana Rubinstein


WEEK FOUR

Hispanic Heritage Month begins September 15th and goes through to October 15th.  This is a time to acknowledge and celebrate the many contributions of Hispanic Americans in our communities.

*Jose Andres is a Spanish chef dedicated to providing meals to people affected by natural disasters.  Your family or group you belong to could collect nonperishable food items to donate to a local foodbank.

*Try to recreate a painting by Frida Kahlo, Diego Riveria, Salvador Dali, or Pablo Picasso.

*Dedicate yourself to learning 10 new Spanish words – make flash cards of your words to practice.

My Papi Has A Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero

A Birthday Basket For Tia by Pat Mora

Abuela by Arthur Dorros 

 

“Dedication sees dreams come true.”  Kobe Bryant