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Inside Highlights® Magazine December 2017

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:
  • Be prepared for tests and quizzes
  • Take responsibility for your decisions
  • Good sports don’t whine

You don’t have to badger kids day in, day out to teach them the basics of kind and responsible behavior. Simply hand them a copy of Goofus and Gallant and watch the lessons sink in.

This month, Goofus ignores the need to study, and loses a race to a pal. Gallant vows to be diligent about his studies, and shares kind words with a friend who wins a race.

Check out our Goofus and Gallant feature on page 10 of the December 2017 issue or read the recaps below. Then use the prompts to jumpstart a conversation with your child.

Recap 1: Goofus isn’t prepared for a quiz and wants to stay home from school. Gallant plans to study harder for his next test.

Conversation Starters:

  1. What subjects do you have to study hardest for?
  2. What subjects are easiest for you?
  3. Name two things you might do to prepare for a quiz in a challenging subject.
  4. Name three activities that might keep you from properly preparing for a test.
  5. Why does the mom in the picture look unhappy?
  6. Should kids be allowed to stay home to get out of taking a quiz or handing in homework? Why or why not?
Recap 2: Goofus is annoyed he lost a big event on field day. Gallant congratulates a friend on his win and says that trying to catch up pushed him to run his best time too.

Conversation Starters:

1. Name three words that best describe Goofus’s post-race behavior.

2. Is Goofus a good sport: yes or no?

3. How about Gallant? How can you tell?

4. Was Goofus right or wrong for expecting his friend to slow down for him?

5. In a race at school, would you slow down for a friend if you were farther ahead? Why or why not?

6. Check the last picture closely. How can you tell that Gallant’s friend is a good sport, too?

Which factor is most important to you when it comes to your child's classroom environment? Select one answer.

Parents Talk Back
Which factor is most important to you when it comes to your child's classroom environment? Select one answer.
She's with her friends.
7% (3 votes)
She's not with children who tease her.
19% (8 votes)
The teacher is creative.
71% (30 votes)
The teacher is demanding.
0% (0 votes)
She's grouped with the smartest kids in the grade.
2% (1 vote)
Total votes: 42