This is one of the few Petals where I have actually used the story in the new Guide as my starting point. In fact, I used the entire story versus picking out pieces of it. I did modify it because the story as written doesn’t have a lot of substance. It’s Respect-Lite.
The story bends towards proper hygiene and simple manners instead of actual respect. All three are important, but there is a difference between them:
–>“Respect Myself” does involve proper hygiene, but more importantly, it has to do with standing up for yourself, believing in your abilities, and not letting anyone else belittle you.
–>Proper manners and politeness both fold into “Respect Others”, but again the meaning is deeper than that. The Golden Rule works here, but also the need to respect someone because of their authority or position (which ties into another Petal).
That being said, how do you teach girls about “respect” when peoples’ perception of it varies? Truly, this is a value that is learned over time by example.
What We Did:
*Read Gloria’s Story Redo and answered questions about the Flowers’ behavior
*Played “Mother May I?”
*Decorated frames for mirrors (We used a foam-framed mirror kit, but this wooden-framed kit is also an option)
*Repeatedly reinforced appropriate behavior (this is at pretty much every meeting)
*crumpled paper story (also works with Orange Petal)
*visit a nursing home
*have a dentist come to a meeting, learn proper oral hygiene
*roll-play using good manners
*create a skit about respecting others
*assemble hygiene kits for VA hospital or a shelter
*have a nurse/doctor/nutritionist come to a meeting
*have girls partner up, draw a picture of their partner, and write 5 things they like/admire about their partner
*you can also use the guide from GSRV
Between Earth & Sky (Blue Bucket portion)
Picture Book Possibilities
*I have not read all of the books listed below. Please review before using.
A Bad Case of the Stripes
Once a Mouse
Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse
Amos and Boris
The Berenstain Bears Show Some Respect
Hey Little Ant
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon
Jamaica and the Substitute Teacher
You’re Mean, Lily Jean!
My Mouth is a Volcano
The Recess Queen
The Ugly Duckling
Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners
What Do You Say, Dear?
The Crayon Box that Talked