“Character Strong” program introduced in the Lower School
Home station advisers and School Counselor Johanna Anderson were excited to launch the “Character Strong” program in all Lower School grade levels this year.
Supported by interactive activities, books, and music, the curriculum focuses on fostering resilience and social emotional learning by highlighting a different character trait each month. The year started off with a focus on courage, then moved on to gratitude and empathy. Johanna visits every class to conduct a lesson on the topic. In these lessons, students gain a shared definition of the character trait and complete a developmentally appropriate activity that helps them practice the necessary skills for the trait. Advisors also read related books and engage students in discussions on the topic throughout the month.
From the outset, students have readily engaged with these lessons. They have been curious and interested in exploring nuanced aspects of character traits, not merely the superficial qualities.
Johanna sends a letter home to parents at the beginning of every month with information on the next character trait students will be examining. These letters provide great content for continuing the conversations—and emotional growth—at home.