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Inside Highlights December 2016

What’s Up with Goofus and Gallant

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Many of our greatest life lessons come from reading about the deeds—and misdeeds—of Goofus and Gallant. You can find recaps of their latest adventures here, or check out page 8 in the December issue. Then chat with your kids about this month’s topics: being a good guest and retrieving borrowed items.
Goofus and Galant
Recap: Goofus ignores the people he’s visiting, preferring to read a book instead. Gallant spends quality time with his uncle, asking him questions about his life on a farm.

Conversation Starters:

  1. Sometimes the people we visit like activities we don’t particularly care for. Should the host do what the guest wants, or should the guest take his cue from the host?
  2. If you and your friend couldn’t agree on a way to spend a playdate, would you prefer to spend some time on her activity and then spend some time on yours, or would you prefer to find a totally different activity the two of you could enjoy together?
  3. What types of things do you like to do when you visit Grandma and Grandpa? What can you learn by looking at family pictures or listening to stories about where and how they grew up?
  4. What do you do when you invite someone to your house: Do you do what your guest wants to do? Or do you do what you want to do, because at your house you get to have your own way?
Recap: Goofus orders a friend to retrieve his yo-yo for him instead of getting it himself. Gallant drops by a friend’s house to pick up his sled.

Conversation Starters:

  1. Choose three words you feel best describe Goofus’s behavior and explain why you chose them.
  2. Imagine that a classmate spoke rudely to you and ordered you around. How would you respond?
  3. Would you say yes to a friend who asked to borrow a small toy from you? Why or why not? How about a bike? Explain. Talk about how you could be more considerate in the future.
  4. Gallant politely lets his friend know that he needs his sled back. Can you think of another polite way to ask the same thing?

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