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Inside Highlights® January 2018

What’s Up with Goofus and Gallant®

Highlights 4Cs

Curious, Creative, Caring, and Confident™
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Curious
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Creative
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Caring
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What Kids Learn:
  • Why it’s smart to stay organized
  • What it means to be tactful
  • How to offer your opinion to others in a polite way

You can’t hover over kids 24/7 to keep them from making blunders. But with luck, your guidance, and a monthly dose of do’s and don’ts from Goofus and Gallant, they may get it right at least some of the time. Read up on the latest adventures of Goofus and Gallant on page 10 of the January issue or catch the summaries here. Then use the prompts that follow to talk to your child about good and not-so-good choices to help the lessons sink in.

Recap 1: Goofus was careless with his grandfather’s watch and now can’t recall where he put it. Gallant places his family heirloom in a safe location so he’ll always know where it is.

What to say to your child:

  1. The look on Goofus’s face shows his reaction to losing a valuable possession. How do you think he’s feeling?
  2. Losing something of value can be very upsetting. What could Goofus have done to avoid misplacing the watch?
  3. What is your most cherished possession, and what makes it so special?
  4. Where is your favorite toy or keepsake? Could you find it right now?
Recap 2: Goofus calls his friend’s suggestion a silly idea. Gallant asks a friend whether he wants his opinion before he tells him what he thinks.

 What to say to your child:

  1. People like to know their opinions are valued. Do you think Goofus’s friend thinks Goofus respects his opinion? How do you know?
  2. There are many ways to solve a problem. Some work better than others. How might you tell a friend the idea he likes may not work?
  3. Have you ever revealed a problem and felt better just knowing your friend was listening? How did she convey her support?
  4. The words we use are sometimes hurtful. What word could Gallant have used to express his opinion but not make his friend feel sad?

It’s Family Game & and Movie Night! After dinner and flicks, you’re ready to take on a puzzle challenge. Which puzzle do you try to solve before bedtime?

Parents Talk Back
It’s Family Game & and Movie Night! After dinner and flicks, you’re ready to take on a puzzle challenge. Which puzzle do you try to solve before bedtime?