Thursday, September 06, 2012

Stewardship


Here at SLOCA we believe that character development is essential to a good education. Each month we will focus on a different character trait and look for ways to help our students not only know about it, but to understand its value and to seek growth in that area. This month’s trait is Stewardship, which is:
The careful and responsible management of things entrusted to one’s care, including one’s mind, body, time, money, environment and property, with proper regard to the rights of others.
When we think about stewardship, we usually think about managing money, and it’s certainly a good idea to teach kids how to make wise financial choices. (Here’s one list of games and tips on teaching kids about the value of money.) But perhaps you could ask your kids these questions: What about managing one’s mind? Are we careful about how we use our minds, and what we fill them with? How can we take good care of our bodies? What about being good stewards of our time, and using it with proper regard for others? How do you think we can best be responsible for our property, or the environment? Try having a conversation with your children about these aspects of Stewardship, and see what they think. 

One way to be good stewards of our time, money, and the environment is to share the responsibility of driving to and from school by carpooling with other families. Today our Development Director Cozy Faber wants to remind us about an excellent opportunity coming up tomorrow:

Like a pond that draws the parched, so too does SLOCA attract families from near and far.  In fact we have students who trek in from as far north as San Miguel and as far south as Orcutt!  While the commute is only two or three days a week, we have found that many who are driving-in prefer to share the responsibility and carpool with each other. 
Carpool Connection:  This year we are creating a carpool connection and collecting names of people who are interested in carpooling and connecting them with others in their area.  To participate in the carpool connection be sure to visit campus during the Popsicle Party on September 7th from 1pm-3pm.   We will have a designated table set up for the purpose of carpool match-making!

Thanks Cozy - it sounds like a wonderful chance to connect with other families and help each other.  

How do you teach Stewardship in your home? Please comment and let us know what is working for your family!

2 comments:

Wendy Dow said...

Using this for our copywork today: Stewardship - The careful and responsible management of things entrusted to one’s care, including one’s mind, body, time, money, environment and property, with proper regard to the rights of others.

Thanks Jenny! :)

SLO Classical Academy said...

Great idea Wendy! This is a nice way to introduce the trait to your kids and start talking about it. We'll post the character trait and definition each month.

Thank you for sharing!