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Inside Highlights March 2017

What’s Up with Goofus and Gallant

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Here’s a way to help your child get the most out of Highlights, become a better reader, and learn to make good choices: check out Goofus and Gallant together. Each month, our reader favorite presents a new set of relatable situations for children to ponder. Chances are, your kids will recognize the themes by simply reflecting on their own lives and experiences. You can read about Goofus’s and Gallant’s adventures on page 10 of the March issue or catch up with the recaps below. Then use the prompts that follow to encourage conversation, insight, and understanding, and develop a great dialogue with your child.
What’s Up with Goofus and Gallant
Recap 1: Who did what:

Goofus slipped up and used a few choice words he heard other kids say to express themselves.

Gallant showed restraint and held his tongue—even when he was irritated.

Conversation Starters:

  1. Have you ever accidentally used a word or a phrase to express yourself and then regretted it later?  
  2. What happened to make you realize you could have expressed your feelings in a better way?
  3. Do you think you are more likely to slip up when you are doing well and feeling successful, or when you’re struggling?
  4. Do you ever feel you need to say the types of things your friends say or do what they do? Is it hard not to go along with the crowd?
Recap 2: Who did what:

Goofus ignored a “Do not touch” sign and tried to play with a service pet.

Gallant asked permission to pet an on-duty service dog to make sure it wouldn’t distract him.

Conversation Starters:

  1. Have you ever seen a service dog in action? How did you know he was working? Whom was he helping and what did he do?
  2. What types of tasks do you think a service animal might be able to do?
  3. Why do you think experts say it is important not to interfere with a service animal that is assisting a person? What could happen if you interfere?
  4. Why do people generally say it is not a good idea to touch someone’s household pet without permission?

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