Cultivating Honorable Character

Children and youth who focus only on increasing their knowledge and developing their skills will not be prepared for a fulfilling life as adults. Life demands more than knowledge and skill. Athletes must respect others or they will be expelled from the game. Business professionals must operate ethically or they may be imprisoned. Parents must model good values for their children to embrace. In addition to knowledge and skill, they need to cultivate good character. As continuous drops of water eventually create a deep hole in a stone, life-changing character can be cultivated in “drops” of five, ten, or fifteen minutes at a time throughout each week. Cultivating Honorable Character: Teacher’s Guide enables adults to nurture character in children using only a few minutes at the beginning, middle, or end of a day. Cultivating Honorable Character is designed for teachers, parents, grandparents, and other busy adults who influence children. Each chapter is filled with stories, discussion questions, and activities that encourage children to cultivate character qualities of lasting value to themselves and those around them. This is a resource book, not a rule book. A suggested plan is on page three, “Ideas for Teachers.” Add your own stories, poems, and activities. Enjoy! Book is also available in Bahasa Indonesia.


John Garmo, Ph.D