The Happiest Person I’ve Ever Met

Mar 31

Just recently, a community in suburban Atlanta lost a man who had been employed at the local Target store for many years. One of Core Essential’s friends, April Bagwell, wrote about his impact for us. April Bagwell has a heart for kids. As a mom, former elementary and current middle school counselor, she sees their wins, their losses, their hurt, and their...

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What is forgiveness?

Mar 08

Here’s what Sam says in this video. Check it out with your family, and then talk about the questions at the end. Have you ever been mad? I mean really, really mad? And for a good reason, too. Like maybe a supposed friend spread rumors about you. Or your money got stolen from the locker room. Or you got in trouble for something that someone else did! Or what...

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Ready for 2017-2018?!

Feb 24

I know what you’re thinking — next year, already? Here at Core Essential Values, we are already planning for next year’s curriculum, and we can’t wait any longer to tell you about it. Here are some deets: Our new values for next year have been posted. Check them out here: 2017-2018 values We know you LOVE the weekly videos, but sometimes...

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Knowledge for a New Year

Jan 11

Welcome to 2017! Let’s drop some knowledge: Did you know that “Respect” by Aretha Franklin was originally recorded by Otis Redding? Did you know that “TCB” in the chorus stands for “Taking Care (of) Business”? Did you know that forgiveness can make you happier? According to Psychology Today, “Many studies have shown...

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How Will Your Students Bring Joy?

Dec 11

There are still a couple of weeks left in school for 2016, which means there are several days left for your students to help bring joy to others. If your classroom isn’t doing a gift exchange, consider doing a “Joy Exchange.” Each child could write a note to the other students in the class, telling them what makes them each important. Using ribbon...

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Joy!

Dec 01

Not feeling very joyful yet? Want to know how to explain JOY to kids? Let Sam help you out. Share this video with your family or class and then talk for a few minutes about joy. When is it hard to choose to be joyful? When was the last time you were really sad? When was the last time you choose to be joyful? How can we help each other remember to choose joy? Share...

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When You’re Honored

Nov 16

Sometimes when you’re teaching or leading, it can feel like you are treading water, just keeping your mouth and nose above the waves enough to catch a breath. Sometimes, however, you get reminded why it is you do what you do. A user of Core Essentials’ Reco middle school curriculum got this note from a student this week. Imagine that! The school was in...

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