Our book of the month for February, What If Everybody Did That by Ellen Javernick, focuses on the character trait of good citizenship. If you throw a piece of paper out of the car window, it’s no big deal. . . right? But what if everybody did that? What if everybody broke the rules? Then the world would be a mess. But what if everybody obeyed the rules? Wouldn’t the world be a better place? Our book of the month answers these questions in a child-friendly way to show the consequences of thoughtless behavior.
This book teaches our students that even small actions could have far reaching consequences. Each person’s everyday choices have consequences – good or bad. As students recall the events of the story they will remember that good citizenship involves helping in our community and that even the smallest gesture can make a difference.
We hope you will use the plot of What If Everybody Did That as a springboard to discussing good citizenship with your child. Remind your child of the 3 R’s of good citizenship: respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness. Remember that children learn by observing. The most effective way to help your child grasp the concept of good citizenship is by demonstrating it. Your child will learn a great deal about citizenship just by observing your actions.