In this section, you can find some of the most commonly asked questions and answers. If you have additional questions not answered or addressed in this section, please feel free to contact us.
Q: Why did you choose 9 traits and how did you decide?
A: We thought that having 9 traits could coincide with the 9 months of the school year and would be convenient for preschools and elementary schools. Deciding on the 9 traits was very difficult. We started out with 22 and then after narrowing it down to 9, we felt we had encompassed all of the most universally accepted character traits. It takes time to get a concept across, so spending a month on each trait will only strengthen the chances of acquiring a particular trait.
Q: What if I donít do all of the activities in the teacherís guide?
A: The teachersí guides were designed with a month-at-a-glance calendar that allows you to do up to 3 activities per week or 12 activities per month. Itís up to youóyou can pick and choose how much reinforcement you want to provide. Because there are so many activities planned, you could share the activities with 2 or 3 different age groups and make your kit go further! Each age group could be working on the same character trait but doing different follow-up activities. Thatís one of the reasons our program is so flexible!
Q: How is your program literacy-based?
A: This is one of the strengths of our program! As a teacher or parent, you can work on literacy by choosing any of the following activities: journaling ideas that involve the home, school, and community, story reading, puppets to retell the story, puppets scripts, poetry, and famous quotes.
Altogether, through strategies provided in both the parent and teacher guides, the Peddlesfoots curriculum supports the following literacy areas: listening, comprehension, expression, and visual representation.
Q: What can a parent or teacher do to reward children who model good behavior?
A: Recognize when they are displaying good character traits by telling them so. Any other forms of rewards are up to you, but we have included a certificate at the end of each unit that you can present to your child. Display it in a frame or on your wall or refrigerator for others to see. Let them know that being a person of good character isnít easy, but itís the best kind of person to be!
Q: Will there be more Peddlesfoots stories in the future?
A: Yes, there will be! Actually, we have 18 more stories with illustrations in the process. These stories will present more situations and different aspects of each
trait that will be relevant to young children because of the delightful Peddlesfoots stories!