It’s not every day that a teacher gets teary-eyed, but the quiet understanding of the CHIRP at Grace Preschool could turn even the toughest of us into a puddle.
The CHIRP (Courage, Honesty, Integrity, Responsibility, and Perseverance) is the underlying theme of the story, The Empty Pot by Demi. This story is fantastic, and many educators around the globe cherish it. The teachers at Grace are doing a tremendous job of incorporating this story, and the themes that go along with it, into social-emotional learning at Grace.
The Kindergartners at Grace read the story with their teacher, and along with discussions of setting, characters, problem and solution, came conversations with a deeper meaning. “I know that I can be responsible when I take care of my things!” “I know that I can persevere when I don’t give up when something is hard.” “I have integrity when I do what is right, even when no one is watching.” “I can do hard things.” All big concepts for little learners.
When asked about the lesson, Kindergarten teacher Robin Tribbe shared, “I was blown away by how well my students received and interpreted the themes of the story! They shared with me stories of how they are responsible, honest, courageous, and strong in their everyday lives. The sweetness of it all brought tears to my eyes. They took what I thought of as a standard reading lesson and turned it into a life lesson.”