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Curious
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Inside Highlights February 2017

What’s Up with Goofus and Gallant

Highlights 4Cs

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Curious
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Creative
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Caring
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Confident
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Got a few minutes? Curl up with your kid and check out this month’s Goofus and Gallant. Find it on page 10 of the February issue, or read a recap here. Then use the prompts below to chat with your child about this month’s hot topics: putting things where they belong, and following directions.
Goofus and Gallant

Every Goofus and Gallant feature depicts age-appropriate scenarios kids can relate to. Chances are, your own avid reader looks forward to this page and its important life lessons. This month’s feature urges children to respect others’ wishes (pets included!) and to pay attention to their own surroundings. Catch up with the boys on page 10 of the February 2017 issue, or check out our recaps and conversation starters below.

Recap: Goofus wants to play with his pup right now and doesn’t care if his pooch isn’t interested. Gallant lets his kitten decide when it’s time to play.

Conversation Starters:

  1. Have you ever felt too tired to play with your pet? How did you communicate this—and how did your pet react?
  2. How do you feel when your pet prefers quiet time or time alone? What could you do instead?
  3. How can you tell when your pet is ready for playtime?
  4. What does he do to let you know playtime’s about to end?
Recap: Goofus knocks over a lamp because he’s not paying attention. Gallant takes a game outside to avoid breaking something indoors.

Conversation Starters:

  1. Where do you need to be especially careful to avoid running into valuable objects?
  2. Have you ever broken—or almost broken—something because you weren’t paying attention?
  3. What did you learn from your mistake—and how could you avoid making a similar error again?
  4. What should Goofus do to take responsibility for his actions?

 

 

 

A playdate heads south when your five-year-old and another child have a minor disagreement. The dispute gets heated. You:

Parents Talk Back
A playdate heads south when your five-year-old and another child have a minor disagreement. The dispute gets heated. You:
Let the kids work it out. (They’ll have to learn that skill eventually.)
27% (13 votes)
Step in to ease tension and help solve the problem.
67% (32 votes)
Chirp, “It’s snack time!”
4% (2 votes)
Vow to never invite that child for another playdate.
0% (0 votes)
End the playdate early.
2% (1 vote)
Total votes: 48