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I-N-T-E-G-R-I-T-Y–Character Trait of November

Posted by lindamartinandersen on November 9, 2012

“I-N-T-E-G-R-I-T-Y–Character Trait of November” by Linda Martin Andersen


 “A Writer’s Playground”

A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.

November–a month for more than talk about turkeys…

When I was an elementary School Counselor in Cumberland County, NC, students studied character traits each month. Now, I have found another way to spread the word about good character.  I volunteer once a month for story time at a home school bookstore in my area. Check it out at www.thepilgrimsjourney.com.  

This month, like the Cumberland County Schools in Fayetteville, NC, I presented the character trait of INTEGRITY.   It’s defined as “Doing the right thing even when no one is watching. 

At Story Time, I read The Empty Pot by Demi.  A discussion of honesty and integrity followed, along with an optional art activity.    I hope you’ll locate a copy of this book and share it with a special child in your life.  Consider planting a seed in a pot after the reading.  It will lead to  future discussions about Ping’s actions and personal examples of  integrity.

 The Empty Pot

If you are interested in learning about other book titles by this author, visit this site:  http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Demi/707558/books

I’d love to hear ways you show integrity.  Please leave a comment below.  Thank you for joining us at “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend.

Coming soon:  Two guests bloggers: One is a storyteller and author.  The other is a pilot and author. I hope you’ll meet them.

Copyright © 2012 Linda Martin Andersen

13 Responses to “I-N-T-E-G-R-I-T-Y–Character Trait of November”

  1. Joan Y. Edwards said

    Dear Linda,
    Thanks for spotlighting character traits. I believe that Integrity is very essential for success and self-esteem.
    Enjoy your day.
    Never Give Up
    Joan Y. Edwards

    • Joan,
      I love the definition given for integrity: doing the right thing even when no one is watching. I think it makes the meaning crystal clear. I enjoy offering a story time each month that spotlights a character trait. You’re welcome for this collection of posts. Thank you for being such a loyal friend and follower. I appreciate you very much.

  2. Hi Linda,
    I’m so glad I asked you about receiving your posts. I don’t want to miss one.
    And I’m so glad you’ve addressed integrity. I believe I’m a person of integrity and I always hope those I meet have integrity too! Although we’ve not met in person, it’s apparent from reading the topics on your blog…you are a person of integrity!
    I’m going to try and sign-up again as I didn’t receive this post in my inbox. 🙂
    Ah, I just clicked the bottom box to receive your posts by email. Perhaps I didn’t do that the last time. Mystery solved. LOL

  3. Hi, Linda–
    Integrity is the bedrock of life. It is what makes us often take the road less traveled by– it forces us to do what we feel is right. Once, I was asked what character trait I would like to ‘give’ my grand-children (you know, like the Good Fairy in the Sleeping Beauty story). I answered, “Balance…” but integrity is high up on the list, too!

  4. Sounds like a wonderful book with life lessons and an activity Linda, thanks for sharing.

    • Susan,
      Thanks for commenting. There are a wealth of great books out there. Children today are fortunate to have so many to choose from. I know you have some titles for little ones coming out soon. What a terrific calling–writing for children.

  5. Jean Hall said

    I’m enjoying your blog posts even though I don’t always comment. I remember when you started this blog with fear and trembling. Now it seems like you really are enjoying this aspect of your life.

    Keep up the good work. Keep on doing what you do behind the scenes, too. Both are a living demonstration of your integrity.


    • Thanks for commenting, Jean. What a nice compliment! I had a small test of integrity recently. I passed it with flying colors; so I’d like to think I would pass a big test just as well. Behind the sceens work is important too, isn’t it?

      Thanks for all you do for writers! You and your team inspire so many.

  6. happyinhim said

    Hi Linda,
    I believe you are providing a valuable service with your blog. Teaching children character and integrity are a lost art these days. Everyone wants to build “self-esteem” but how about loving your neighbor as yourself? If I were a teacher, I would love to reference your blog for ideas. Well done!

    • Happyinhim,

      Thank you so much for the compliment stating that this blog is a great reference tool! I hope teachers out there agree. Thanks also for noting the importance of character building and the positive influence teachers and other caring adults can have on a child’s life. You made my night!

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