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Inside Highlights January 2017

What’s Up with Goofus and Gallant

Highlights 4Cs

Curious, Creative, Caring, and Confident™
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Forever modeling good and not-so-good behavior, Goofus and Gallant remain two of Highlights’ most enduring characters. Since their debut in 1948, the duo has influenced kids’ growth and development and shaped their understanding of the world, with relatable and understated scenarios on how to behave and how not to. The recaps below will bring you up to speed on this month’s sticky situations: shoppers’ etiquette and the right way to report a problem. (Find the print version of the column on page 10 of the January issue of Highlights.) Then use the prompts that follow to start a casual conversation with your child and reinforce the messages—over lunch perhaps or whenever you can catch a quiet moment together.
Goofus and Gallant
Recap: Goofus samples candy at the grocery store before his mother has a chance to pay for it; Gallant snacks on treats only after his dad has purchased them.

Conversation Starters:

1. Is Goofus stealing? Explain why you think he is—or isn’t.

2. Is it stealing to read a book at a bookstore instead of paying for the book and reading it at home later?

3. Is it stealing if you eat both bags of chips a vending machine accidentally gives you when you’ve paid for only one item?

4. What would you do if a cashier at a store inadvertently gave you too much change but you noticed the mistake only after you left the store and finished your errands?

5. People’s hands can be really germy. Knowing that, are you more or less likely to want to buy candy after someone else handled it, as Goofus did?

Recap: Goofus ignores a leaky bathroom sink because it’s “not his problem.” Gallant comes across a broken water fountain and wants to report it.

Conversation Starters:

1. If you were to spot an accidental spill or another hazard on the floor at school, would you walk around it or report it?

2. Why might it be a good idea to report the spill or hazard, even if you didn’t cause the problem?

3. Who would you tell first if you saw something that could be dangerous to others?

4. What words best describe Goofus’s behavior when he saw the sink leaking? What words describe Gallant’s reaction?

How many times a week does your child participate in structured after-school activities—at school or elsewhere?

Parents Talk Back
How many times a week does your child participate in structured after-school activities—at school or elsewhere?
Once or twice a week.
36% (24 votes)
Three or four times a week.
23% (15 votes)
My child has activities every day, Monday through Friday.
12% (8 votes)
My child doesn’t participate in activities right now.
29% (19 votes)
Total votes: 66