What Kids Learn:
- Quitters quit; winners keep going
- A bad attitude gets you nowhere
- Door etiquette matters.
If there’s anything Highlights readers can count on each month, it’s that they can always catch up with two of our best-known, most enduring characters: Goofus and Gallant, who represent the gruff and the gracious in all of us.
To help your child get the most out of the characters’ latest adventures, visit page 10 of our April 2018 issue. Then, continue to discuss this month’s themes, using the recaps and conversation starters that follow.
Recap 1: Goofus gets frustrated trying to play the guitar and wants to give up. Gallant practices layups to get better at basketball.
1. Can you describe a time when you wanted to quit a sport or activity because you didn’t want to practice?
2. Why didn’t you practice? Did it take too much time? Was it too difficult? Were you making progress? Did you hit a rough patch? Did you lose interest?
3. In your opinion, who is more likely to attain a goal first: Goofus or Gallant? Why?
4. Who has a better attitude? How can you tell that from the picture?
Recap 2: Gallant opens doors by pushing on the glass. Gallant uses the door handle.
- Do you think there’s a right and a wrong way to open a door—when you’re alone or with others? Explain.
- What should you be careful to do and not do when opening and closing doors?
- What looks right or wrong about Gallant’s door opening technique?
- What looks right or wrong about Goofus’s style?
- What rules do you follow at school to make sure doors are opened and closed safely?