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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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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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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“Do I HAVE to??”

Sep 09

As a parent, I hear that phrase ALL. THE. TIME. As a teacher and counselor, I’ll bet you hear it a lot, too. Responsibilities┬ácan feel so boring — taking the dishes out of the dishwasher, raking leaves in the fall — or they can feel so weighty — taking care of a loved one in need, watching someone else’s children. Even the word itself...

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