What Kids Learn
A thoughtful way to say thanks
Kids are smart. They know when they must be on their best behavior—but also realize they will slip up from time to time.
That’s when our long-running feature Goofus and Gallant comes in: Goofus’s unfortunate missteps and Gallant’s predictably polished actions reinforce important social skills kids learn at school and home.
This month, Goofus and Gallant visit a museum. Gallant follows the museum rules, and Goofus does not. At home, Gallant pens a heartfelt note to a friend, thanking him for a super-cool present. Goofus has no interest in doing the same. Turn to page 8 of the October 2017 issue to read this month’s feature. Then, use the following questions to prompt a discussion with your child.
Recap: Goofus climbs into an off-limits area at a museum to touch an exhibit. Gallant views the museum exhibit but does not touch.
1. Why do you think there’s a rope in front of the dinosaur exhibit?
2. What would you do in a museum if you saw an area closed off?
3. How do you think Gallant knew he was not supposed to touch the exhibit? Should Goofus have known he was not supposed to touch it? What clue do you see?
4. Dinosaur bones are rare and valued treasures. Why would a museum ask visitors not to touch historically important objects?
Recap 2: Goofus sees no reason to write a thank-you note if he already thanked the gift giver in person. Gallant writes a note to thank his friend for a gift.
1. Can you think of another reason Goofus might not want to write a thank-you note? Is writing difficult? Does it take too much time?
2. Why might a gift giver like to receive a thank-you note?
3. How do you feel about saying thanks for a gift in a text? Is a text as thoughtful as a handwritten note?
4. Would you rather have someone thank you for a gift in a text, on social media, in an e-mail, or by snail mail (the traditional way)?