October Character Trait
"If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders." ~Abigail Van Buren
Children at Warren-Walker School are remarkably responsible. They turn in their nicely completed homework on time*, willingly fulfill tasks assigned to them, and do much to make their school the best that it can be. Many parents report to us that their children get up, get ready, and are eager to get to school in the morning. One of the comments that we often hear from visitors is that they can tell that the children are engaged in the learning process and doing their best to accomplish the task at hand. Responsibility would not be so evident if we didn’t teach and expect it on an ongoing basis.
For a child to be successful at school, he/she must accept the responsibility for achieving it. Our teachers are adept at assigning developmentally-appropriate responsibilities. Children who fulfill them will find that life at school is quite good. Children who avoid them will find school more difficult. When Mrs. Rosario and Mrs. Thomas tell our youngest students to clean up their toys and find their space on the rug, they know that each child is capable of doing so. They have taught the children how to put the toys away and where to sit on the rug.
Similarly, when Coach Seau says to his team, “Clean up the house!” the Middle School Flag Football players know that they have to leave the field in the same (or better) condition than it was when they arrived.
In preparing children for life ahead, we would not be fulfilling our responsibilities if we didn’t teach them their responsibilities. Children can help a lot. They feel empowered when asked and fulfilled when they do the job well. Each time they succeed, children feel stronger, more capable, and purposeful.
Parents can help by asking children to help at home. Show them how to empty the trash, and you'll find that seven-year-olds can complete this task quite nicely. Feeding and walking the dog are great chores for a nine-year-old. Many students tell us that they make their own lunches. Pre-teens can certainly do their own laundry – a godsend to busy, working mothers. Family life, like school life, is better when all involved fulfill responsibilities and help others.
*If your child is having trouble completing homework, PLEASE let his/her teacher know, right now!
-Mrs. Pamela Volker, Headmistress