The Seven Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey
Welcome to Kinderland, the place I spend most my time! Since I started teaching Kindergarten I read as many books for fun as I do for work. And I decided it’s time to start sharing them! In Books From Kinderland you’ll see the picture books I’m reading with my class from a teacher’s perspective. I’ll also share reviews of books I’m reading that are about teaching. So welcome to Kinderland!
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on September 16, 2008
Genres: Children's Picture Books
My first year teaching I found a fabulous teacher that became my unoffical mentor. And even though we’re not even teaching in the same state anymore, I still call her regularly for advice and to talk about challenges or successes. Well, she’s the one who recommended I share this series with my kids. And I’m so glad she did!
In The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, Sean Covey uses beautifully illustrated stories to bring his family's successful philosophy to the youngest child.
For the Seven Oaks friends, there is always something to do. Whether they're singing along with Pokey Porcupine's harmonica or playing soccer with Jumper Rabbit, everyone is having fun and learning all sorts of things. These seven stories show how practicing the 7 Habits makes this possible for the whole Seven Oaks Community.
From learning how to take charge of their own lives to discovering how balance is best, the Seven Oaks friends have tons of adventures and find out how each and every kid can be a happy kid!
I’m sure you’re familiar with Stephen R. Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – even if you haven’t read it, you’d have to be living under a rock to not have heard of it, right? Well, as it turns out, his son – Sean Covey – decided that there’s no reason we can’t teach these habits to kids. He started by writing a book for teens, but finally it was adapted to a picture book for kids. And my thought is, “what better time to start teaching kids the habits they need to be responsible, happy adults, than kindergarten?!” But can they grasp these skills that we struggle with sometimes, even as adults?
YES!!! These stories make the skills incredibly easy to understand. And if you go on YouTube you can find hand motions to help kids memorize the habits and what they mean.
The seven stories (one for each habit) take us to Seven Oaks and a group of animal friends that are growing up and learning how to be leaders that make better choices. Let me introduce you to the gang:
I started to review each and every habit’s story – but GAH! That’s just a lot. Instead, let me list the habits for you:
- Be Proactive. I’m in charge of my life!
- Begin with the end in mind. Have a plan!
- Put first things first. Work, then play!
- Think Win-Win. Everyone can win!
- Seek first to understand, then to be understood. Listen before you talk.
- Synergize. Together is Better
- Habit 7. Sharpen the Saw.
As I’m sure you can see from this list of habits, learning these life lessons will help kids make better choices. My class has already started internalizing these habits and we talk all the time about how these habits will make us leaders, who are happy and have lots of friends. I love being able to remind them, “are you seeking first to understand?” or “Synergize!” and for them to understand what they need to do.
The kids really love these stories too – after reading them, I put them into our class library and every story is ALWAYS checked out into one of the kids book boxes. As soon as it gets returned, someone else grabs it!
With the help of these stories, our class motto has become “We’re leaders, who do the right thing when nobody is watching!” and I love that the kids own that. I see them making better choices and I just hope these lessons stick with them – because they really are good for life! I can’t recommend these stories enough for any home or classroom. And if you’re not sure how to teach them, after each story there is a note to parents, along with discussion questions and next steps that the kids really get.This week in Kinderland Berls is talking about The Seven Habits of Happy Kids. See why it's a must read! Click To Tweet