Leader In Me

Celestino M. Soto Jr. Elementary School is an official Leader In Me School

Leader in Me

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Soto Elementary is a Leader In Me School.  The Leader In Me is a framework for creating a positive school culture which focuses on leadership and personal responsibility. It is based on teaching children the principles of success from Steven Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. There are similar features that unite truly successful people and that set them apart from people who are not successful. At Soto we believe in teaching children from an early age to be leaders of their own lives and that they are responsible for determining their effectiveness. Soto strives to provide our children with the mindset and skill set needed to be successful in our ever-changing society. With the Leader In Me, we are setting leaders on a path to success. At Soto we are leaders who practice the 7 Habits of happy kids. We believe that these habits help us to live healthy lives. 


During the week of August 27th we will be learning about Habit #1 Be Proactive. 


Be Proactive



Habit #1 Habit 1: Be Proactive 

I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.  


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Most of us react to a situation immediately, without taking time to think about the results of our actions. Part of Be Proactive is being able to think before we act. With your child, do some role-playing to practice the skill of stopping and thinking in different situations. Your goal in these role plays is to encourage your child to stop and think before reacting. Use the following ideas to get started, and then think of some that can be immediately applicable to your child's life.

  1.  (In this role play, you should play the part of your child's friend.) Say that you have a new best friend who lives closer to your house and you don't want to play with him or her anymore. Apologyze and then wait for your child's reaction.
  2. (In this role play, you should be your child's sibling.) Tell your child that you broke his or her favorite toy by accident. Tell him or her that you don't think it's a very big deal because he or she has many toys.
  3. (In this role play, you should play the part of your child and your child should play the part of you). Tell your child that you are "sooooo bored" and there is nothing fun to do. Complain that no one wants to play and that he or she (as parent) needs to amuse you.