Laurel Life Skills

  • Laurel School’s Character Education program includes a focus on the following ten Life Skills:  Self-Awareness, Courage, Compassion, Flexibility, Cooperation, Gratitude, Integrity, Perseverance, Problem-Solving, and Personal Best.  

    How will we learn about the different "Life Skills?"
    Each month, a Life Skill will be spotlighted and on display throughout the school – in classrooms, the library, and front office. Teachers will read books representing the life skill for the month to their class. Each month, students will participate in classroom or school activities to help reinforce the life skill. Students will bring home a Life Skills Gram each month so parents have the opportunity to recognize their child for using the life skill of the month.  At the end of every month, teachers will choose students who did an outstanding job exemplifying that month’s "Life Skill."  The school counselor, Mrs. Guilliot, will visit each classroom to award Life Skill wristbands to the students who were chosen for that month.  By the end of the year all students will earn a wrist band...possibly two!

    Specialists and yard duty supervisors who see students displaying their life skills will recognize and reward students with a Life Skills sticker or a Life Skills ticket.  Tickets can be used to enter a weekly raffle where students have the opportunity to win various rewards, such as lunch with Mrs. Creighton, a prize from the prize box, and more!

    Assemblies will be held throughout the school year to teach students different ways they can display their Life Skills and the importance of using these skills at school. 
  • September: Respect

    The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherr,  Show Some Respect by Anastasia Suen,  Flix by Tomi Ungerer,  Being Respectful by Mary Small,  Don’t Slurp Your Soup by Lynne Gibbs, The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper,  Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud, The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane DeRolf, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, It’s Okay To Be Different by Todd Parr

    October: Responsibility
    Being Responsible: A Book About Responsibility by Mary Small, Stanley's Party by Linda Bailey, Arthur's Computer Disaster by Marc Brown, Arthur's Pet Business by Marc Brown, Frank and Ernest by Alexandra Day, It's Not My Job! by Ted Lish, Jigsaw Pony by Jessie Haas, The Magic Fort by Juanita Havill, andGrowing Up With Tamales by Gwendolyn Zepeda

    November: Friendship
    The Big, Big Wall by Reginald Howard, George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends by James Marshall, How to Make Friends with a Giant by Gennifer Choldenko, Friends to the End For Kids: The True Value of Friendship by Bradley Trevor Greive, Enemy Pie by Derek Munson, Our Friendship Rules by Peggy Moss and Dee Dee Tardif, Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems, Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel, Do You Want to Be My Friend? by Eric Carle, My Best Friend by Pat Hutchins
    December: Generosity
    Money, Money, Honey Bunny! by Marilyn Sadler, The Quiltmaker's Gift by Jeff Brumbeau, Mama Panya's Pancakes: A Village Tale from Kenya by Mary Chamberlin, The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen, One Gift Deserves Another by Joanne Oppenheim, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference by Katie Smith Milway, The Magic Gourd by Baba Wague Diakite
    January: Self-Discipline
    Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen by Howard Binkow, When Sophie gets Angry - Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang, It's Hard to be Five: Learning How to Work my Control Panel by Jamie Lee Curtis,Listen, Buddy by Helen Lester, Fancy Nancy and the Delectable Cupcakes by Jane O' Connor, Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto, Somtimes I'm Bombaloo by Rachel Vail
    February: Compassion

    The Quiltmaker's Gift by Jeff Brumbeau, The Gift of the Crocodile: A Cinderella Story by Judy Sierra, The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler by Margery Cuyler, Small Acts of Kindness by James Vollbracht, Heartprints by P.K. Halliman, The Ant and The Elephant by Bill Peet,Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli, The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes, Watch Your Tongue, Cecily Beasely by Lane Fredrickson, A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Stead, and How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham

    March: Perseverance
    A Frog Thing by Eric Drachman, Pearl's New Skates by Holly Keller, Little One Step by Simon James,Clorinda by Robert Kinerk, The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper, Mailbox Magic by Nancy Poyder,Being Teddy Roosevelt by Claudia Mills, Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull, A Girl Named Helen Keller by Margo Lundell, Bien Hecho, Ajay by Stuart J. Murphy, Jackson's Plan by Linda Talley, Inch and Miles: The Journey to Success by John Wooden, and Try, Try Again by P.K. Hallinan

    April: Acceptance
    Whoever You Are by Mem Fox, Different Just Like Me by Lori Mitchell, Three Cheers for Tacky by Helen Lester, The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah, Square Cat by Elizabeth Schoonmaker, Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore, Together by Jane Simmons, Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/Marisol McDonald No Combina by Monica Brown
    May: Cooperation

    Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman, The Snail and The Whale by Julia Donaldson, Chester's Way by Kevin Henkes, First Come the Zebra by Lynne Barasch, The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll, It's Mine!by Leo Lionni, Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell, Calling All Engines by Richard Courtney, The Enormous Potato by Aubrey Davis, Clean Up, Grumpy Bunny by Justine Fontes, and A Story About a Big Turnip by Tatiana Zunshine

    June: Honesty

    A Day's Work by Eve Bunting, ITell the Truth (The Best Me I Can Be) by David Parker, The Empty Pot by Demi, The Honest-to-Goodness Truth by Patricia C. Mckissack, The Boy Who Cried Ninja by Alex Latimer, Franklin Fibs by Paulette Bourgeois, and The Truth Pops Out by Marc Brown


    Note to Parents:


    Goals of the Life Skills Program are to provide the foundation for personal and social growth in all students, teach the Life Skills through multicultural literature and build a common language and camaraderie at our school and in our district.


    We encourage families to actively discuss the highlighted "Life Skill" together. Read some of the suggested books. Model the "Life Skills" at home and give praise when your child demonstrates good "Life Skill" actions.  Complete the monthly Life Skills Gram to recognize your child's use of the various Life Skills!


    If you have any questions about the Life Skills Program, please contact the school counselor at