My son’s teacher puts a new bookmark on the students’ desks each day. He saves each one of them and enjoys reading through them often.
Here is what some of them say:
I am a good sport. I follow the rules, take turns, and play fair.
I appreciate my family, my teachers, and my school.
I believe that I am someone who can do important things.
Each day offers a new start to do my best.
It is OK to laugh at funny things, but not to laugh at others.
How I look is not as important as how I act.
What I say and how I say it tells others the kind of person I am.
In order to have friends, I must act in a kind way.
When I am sad, I help myself feel better by thinking of things that are good in my life.
Everyone makes mistakes, so instead of getting angry with myself, I try to do better.
I do not gossip. If I cannot say anything helpful, I do not say anything at all.
When I smile at people, they usually smile back.
I am being a good citizen when I volunteer to help others.
Sharing with others makes me feel good and makes them feel good too.
I try to understand what my friends are feeling.
I am being polite when I wait for my turn and say please and thank you.
I say, “No!” to things that are not good choices.
I encourage my friends to do their best.
I think for myself and make smart choices that are good for me.
I am honest. I do not cheat or steal.
When I listen, I show others that I care about them.
I treat everyone with respect.
I try and learn something new each day.
I am grateful for what I have, so I share with others.
When I cooperate with others, I get more done.
Everyone has good and bad feelings.
I do not make fun of other children because I don’t know what their life is like.
When things do not go my way, I stop and think of what I can do to make them better.
I like to get to know children who are different from me.
I am being punctual when I am on time and do not keep people waiting.
I feel successful when I do my best.
When I am angry, I use self-control and do not hurt others.
My values guide me to do what is right.
I work out my problems without hurting myself or others.
When I do what I say I will do, I am being responsible.