DILIGENCE is working hard and doing the best you possibly can. When you are diligent you do things carefully, step by step and don’t give up.
You practice diligence by deciding what you can do, then giving it all you have to give. You treat each action as important and do things carefully, one step at a time. Diligence takes patience.
Without diligence people act lazy and don’t get much done.
(Definition adapted from The Virtues Project)
1. Opening activities:
2. Virtue description and examples
Song: Who’s at Virtues in the Village today?
This is a story of a tortoise and a hare – one of them is very diligent, after we’ve finished reading I’ll ask you which one.
4. Craft: Tortoise head band, made of pre-cut paper shapes for the band, tortoise face, legs and tail. These are colored in by the kids, then attached by the grow ups with tape or staplers. See pictures below.
5. Practice activity: we put on our tortoise headbands and pretend to be tortoises. We practice diligence by holding hands, making our way through the racetrack, steadily and step and step. One grown up hare runs the racetrack, but keeps getting distracted and lazy. The other parents cheer on the tortoises and remind them to be diligent.
6. Closing activities: