What Kids Learn
- Why we say, “Everything in its place”
- How our choices impact others
- What’s wrong with staring
If there’s anything Goofus and Gallant readers can count on each month, it’s that Goofus invariably messes up what he’s doing while Gallant always finds a smarter way to behave. Fans know that when their inner Gallant shines through, they show their best selves.
This month, kids’ “best self” includes being organized and responsible for their belongings, and not staring at others in public. To read the full feature, turn to page 10 of the November 2017 issue, or read the recaps below. Then, use the prompts that follow to guide a talk with your kid.
Recap: Goofus can’t find his sports gear and needs his dad to help him. Gallant keeps his equipment in one place and can pack his sports bag himself.
- Why does Goofus need his dad to help him before they leave the house?
- Where do you think the cleats are hiding?
- Why can’t Goofus find the cleats himself?
- What could Goofus have done to avoid this situation?
- Who’s more organized—Goofus or Gallant? How can you tell? Who will be ready to leave the house sooner?
- Describe a time you ran late because you were looking for something you needed. What could you do from now on to make sure you can be ready on time?
Recap 2: Goofus stares at a man whose nose is bandaged. Gallant avoids staring at a boy in a mask.
1. How do you think the man at the diner felt when he realized Goofus was staring?
2. Does the boy getting a haircut look self-conscious because of the mask? How can you tell?
3. How did Gallant stay busy while waiting for a turn to get a haircut?
4. Do you think it is polite to ask a stranger why he or she is wearing a cast, a brace, or anything else out of the ordinary? Why or why not?