To know that to feel good about yourself is okay and to identify good things about yourself.
To know yourself well enough to feel good about yourself is an important first step toward accepting yourself. Accepting yourself is essential to the development of self-esteem. While children this age may feel good about themselves, they may be beginning to receive negative feedback and evaluation from parents, teachers, and others. Because they perceive that their accomplishments are not as great as those of older siblings or their parents, and because they might feel they disappoint parents by not meeting parental expectations, children may begin to see themselves as unacceptable. They consequently need help in discovering good things about themselves and in accepting themselves as good persons with the potential for growing, learning, and contributing.
Explain that long ago people had shields-protective devices that had a design or crest, that showed something about the people carrying them. Using the "Good Person Shield" design, have each student draw in the sections things about themselves which make them feel good about themselves. Have students show their shields to classmates and discuss ways in which they can continue to develop these good things. Make a bulletin board display of the shields .
A copy of the "Good Person Shield" for each student; crayons or colored markers; scissors; bulletin board.
• Make, sure students prepare shields that show some good things about themselves. You can help by suggesting some things you know about your students.
• Some children may be uncomfortable sharing their shields with classmates. The same purpose will be served if the students share their shields only with the teacher.
• Have students take their shields home to their families.
Learning to Live Drug-Free, A Curriculum Model for Prevention, U.S. Department of Education's Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program