Thursday, October 04, 2012


For the Month of October, we will be focusing on the character trait of Humility:
Knowing, accepting and being who we are while demonstrating modesty about our accomplishments and gifts, admitting mistakes and valuing others for who they are and for their input.
There’s a lot packed into the definition of humility, and like all character traits, it is best taught to our kids by example. Do they see us showing modesty about our accomplishments, and valuing others? Talk about the difference between taking pleasure in our achievements and being prideful about them. Do we admit our mistakes in front of our children? This can be especially hard to do at times, but there’s no better way for kids to learn how to graciously admit when they are wrong. 

We can also look for examples of humility displayed in the literature we’re reading together. Did Jim Hawkins or any of the other characters from Treasure Island demonstrate humility? What about arrogance? Talking about the opposite of humility and where that leads is another way to go about it. Ask you kids what they think, and watch for it as you read with your children this month.

Humility can be a tough one, so let’s look for ways to admit mistakes and cheer each other on. We would love to hear your comments about how to help model and teach humility at home. 

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Unknown said...

We like to memorize a Bible verse that correlates with our school character trait for the month. This month, we are working on "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves." Philippians 2:3. I also try really hard to admit when I'm wrong and apologize to the kids when I have wronged them.
Thanks for the great post!
Joy N.

Jenny Bischoff said...

I love that idea, Joy. Do you write it or post it somewhere in your house?

Brenda Lunceford said...

Hi Joy!
We're doing this, too, this year! We're using the verse you listed, and also this one: True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life. Proverbs 22:4. Virtue is defined and verses are posted on the refrigerator with the chore chart (I'm trying to collect a different verse for each week). Kids write it out using their best handwriting (sample!). You get a marble (our currency system) for reciting at the end of the week. And FYI, let's just say I'm constantly practicing humility myself since I have to apologize DAILY for all the stuff I mess up on! Mom's also stickler for the wording of the apology, which I think is important: Offender: "I'm sorry for (be specific). Would you please forgive me?" Offendee: "Thank you, I forgive you." Let's be honest, humility is one of the hardest things to learn so a lot of grace needs to be flying around! Thanks for the post! ... don't know how you ladies write all this great Down Home stuff, but just know you're appreciated! Brenda Lunceford

SLO Classical Academy said...

Thank you so much for the kind words, Brenda. I love that you laid our your system for us: memorization, recitation, handwriting, and a reward! And the specific wording of an apology is also a great tool to teach. Too often we want to get away with a very insincere "sorry..." maybe with some eye-rolling thrown in, right? Thanks for sharing your tips on practicing humility.

Moose said...

At the Tucker home we have been practicing second guessing something that we believe to be true. We ask what other people believe about that idea and open our minds to their thoughts. We do not try to change their ideals nor do we insist that we are right. We discuss these ideas throughout the day and we have found that we often gain a new and refreshing view or sometimes we even solidify our original belief. Either way, wisdom and humility are both gained and taught.

Anonymous said...

Great post! It reminds me of something funny that happened yesterday in class. I was going over our IEW checklist with my Intermediate kids which includes the self-check question, "To whom should I give a shout-out for helping me with my assignment?" Most of the kids responded by shouting, "Me!" It was a perfect opportunity to talk about humility, and how we should give thanks to those who help us accomplish things. (I also love the verses posted above. Our verse for the week is Ephesians 4:32 which speaks of being kind and compassionate toward one another and forgiving one another, all attributes of true humility.)

SLO Classical Academy said...

Wow, great responses everyone! Thank you Tuckers for pointing us to hear others and not just get stuck on our own ideas. And Penny, it's so true that we should thank those that help us accomplish things. What a great and easy way to show humility. Love these comments!