September: Self-Awareness
Knowledge and awareness of your own personality or character

In September, students will explore what makes them unique and what they have in common with their classmates. They will have opportunities to express who they are, how they feel, and what they enjoy through both discussions, and activities. As part of a classroom community, students will deepen their understanding of how their choice of words and actions affect their daily lives.


Home-to-School Connection
Practice self-awareness at home with your child! Please choose from the following options or create your own.

Make time to talk, take time to listen...
Select as many questions as you would like to discuss. These questions are intended to serve as a starting point for you and your child to learn more about yourselves and each other.

What do you feel most proud of? Why?                           PS41/CharactEdSeptTalk
What would you like to get better at this year?
Why is it important to be yourself?
What does it mean to be a good friend?
What makes you a good friend?
How can you make new friends?
What should you do, if someone treats you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable?
How can you stay safe at school?
How can you stay safe at home?
How can you make good decisions?
What are some ways that you can express how you feel?
What makes you special?



  • Start a journal together. They may write and/or draw an entry to you and you can then respond to it on the following page. They may choose to write about the high and low points of their day or another topic of interest.

  • All About Us! - Using construction paper or whatever art materials you have at home, each of you make an outline of yourself. Fill yourself in with words and pictures that describe and illustrate your favorite things (food, games, books, etc.). If you're looking for a challenge, reverse the roles... Try creating and filling in each other's outlines, before asking for help.

  • Connect with Characters - Watch a show or movie together that you both enjoy. Discuss the main characters. How are you alike or different? Identify their feelings at different parts of the story, and give evidence for why you think they felt that way. How would you have solved the problems they faced? 

Recommended Reads PS41/CharactEdSeptStar2

Find a book that you think is most appropriate to read with your child, from some of our favorites... 

Pre-Kindergarten-2nd Grade
I Like Me (Nancy Carlson)
Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day (Jamie Lee Curtis)
Making Friends Is an Art (Julia Cook)
The Family Book (Todd Parr)
The Peace Book (Todd Parr)
It's Okay to Be Different (Todd Parr)
Unstopabble Me! (Dr. Wayne Dyer)
I Think, I AM! (Louise L. Hay)How to Be Comfortable in Your Own Feathers (Julia Cook)
The Little White Owl (Tracey Cordero)
Spoon (Amy Krouse Rosenthal)
Zero (Kathryn Otoshi)

3rd Grade-5th Grade
Wonder (R.J. Palacio)
Spaghetti In A Hot Dog Bun: Having The Courage To Be Who You Are (Maria Dismondy)
The Magical Marvelous Megan G. Beamer (Karen Gedig Burnett)

All Grades
Have You Filled A Bucket Today? (Carol McCloud)
Frederick (Leo Lionni)
Lily's Purple Plastic Purse (Kevin Henkes)
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon (Patty Lovell)
Incredible You!: 10 Ways to Let Your Greatness Shine Through (Dr. Wayne Dyer)
How Full is Your Bucket for Kids (Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer)Too Perfect (Trudy Ludwig)