Family Activities for Trait of the Month

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

April 2022

Patience

The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.

What does it mean to you to be patient?

When is it hard for you to be patient?

How does your body feel when you do not want to be patient?  How do you feel when you have to wait?

Think of an area where you need to show more patience.  Maybe your family can work on something together and celebrate with a family reward at the end of the month.  Cross the days off, so you can mark your progress. Good luck!

Can you find at least 8 words within the word Patience?


WEEK ONE

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month provides an opportunity to acknowledge the many contributions made by the AAPI community.

Activity: Write a Haiku. If you can be patient, write a haiku and save it for Mom as a Mother’s Day gift.

Haiku is a Japanese poetry form, usually written about nature.  It has 3 lines.  The first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables, and the third line has 5 syllables.

Example:  The Old Pond by Matsuo Basho

An old silent pond

A frog jumps into the pond –                    

Splash! Silence again.

Read:

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

Apple Pie 4th of July by Janet S. Wong

Activity: Try Japanese Origami, a tradition that says if you fold 1000, you will be granted a wish. It takes patience to fold!


WEEK TWO

Activities:

  • Grow Celery!

Cut the bottom off a celery bunch.  Place the base in a 2–3-inch deep dish, partially filled with warm water.  Put in a sunny place for 5-7 days.  Change the water regularly.  After 5-7 days, new shoots should have begun to grow.  Then it should be ready to transfer to a pot of soil.  The old stalk will begin to breakdown to nourish the soil.  Water generously.  Watch it grow!  Patience! It will be ready to eat in about 5 months.  😊 

  • Paint a terra cotta pot to put your celery in.
  • Put together a jigsaw puzzle with Mom.  Will you have patience to finish it?
  • Ladybug Rocks – Paint the rock red.  After it dries, add black dots and a face.  She will be a lovely addition to your yard!

Read: 

Are You My Mother  by  P.D. Eastman

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

Just Me and My Mom by Mercer Mayer


WEEK THREE

Activities:

  • Play Concentration! Use a regular deck of cards.  Mix them up, place face down, and take turns turning over two cards at a time.  Try to find matches.
  • Try building a house of cards.  How high can you go?  Take your time – be patient!

Read:

Llama llama red pajama by Anna Dewdney

Interrupting by Joy Berry

Patient Ninja by Mary Nhin


WEEK FOUR

Activities:

Have a Spoon and Egg Race

This can be done against other participants or individually.  Either see who makes it to the finish line first or how quickly you can do it individually. Place a hardboiled or plastic egg on a spoon.  Try to go from point A to point B without dropping the egg.  If the egg falls off, place it back on the spoon and try again.  Ready Set Go!

Have a moment of silence to honor military members who have died.

Make poppies to honor fallen soldiers.  Use red clay or tissue paper to create a flower and black clay or tissue paper for the center of the flower.

“Patience is waiting.  Not passively waiting.  That is laziness.  But to keep going when the going is hard and slow – that is patience.” —Leo Tolstoy