Gilbert goes visiting and learns to be respectful

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Teaching Values to Young Children

Discussion Questions

What did Gilbert and his cousins do that upset his grandparents?
They ran through the house, they were noisy, they played with their games at the breakfast table, and they ate their Grandma’s flowers.

Can you think of what Gilbert and his cousins should do instead?
They should be respectful of other people. They should walk in the house, they should be quiet if someone is sleeping, they should talk to others at the breakfast table instead of playing games. And they shouldn’t eat Grandma’s flowers!
 
Why did the Grandma and Grandpa say, “Children, please don’t do that!”
Because they didn’t like what the children did. They wanted the children to be respectful.

What does ‘respect’ mean?
Having respect for another person is when you treat the person in the same way you want to be treated. You treat the person nicely and you think about what you can do to show the other person that you care about them.
 
What are some things you do that show you are respectful?
(This is an opportunity for an open-ended discussion.)

Activities

Figuring out what to do:

Think of a time when you or someone you know wasn’t respectful to another person.  How can that person or you be respectful next time?
 
Understanding respect:

Here are some things that children do sometimes.  What do you think is the respectful thing to do?
 

Gilbert and his cousins are playing with a lot of toys. When they are done playing, how should they show respect for their grandparents?

a. They should leave the toys all over the place

b. They should put away their toys

Gilbert is taking a bath.  He is having a good time and splashing water all over the place.  The water goes on the floor and makes a mess. What should Gilbert do next time?

a. He shouldn’t splash and spill the water

b. He should keep splashing because he likes it

Gilbert and his cousins decide to go for a walk.  What would be the respectful thing to do?

a. Ask your grandparents if it’s ok to go for a walk

b. Just leave without saying anything

 

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