Literature and the 7 Habits
Students have been learning about how literature supports the 7 Habits of The Leader in Me. Here are some examples:

Habit 1: Be Proactive

We can learn to be proactive through the example shown in the story, The Little Engine That Could. Although the Little Engine is not the biggest, the fastest or the newest, it just keeps trying. When all the other trains refuse to help, the Little Engine is proactive and becomes a leader. This example shows that when we work hard and take responsibility for our actions, we can achieve any goal. We can be proactive by staying motivated to do well and being proud of ourselves.

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

We can also Begin with the End in Mind. This means to have a plan and to carry out the plan, all while keeping the final goal in mind. This is just like a baker who reads a recipe and then follows it to make a cake. Another example is from the book, The Very Busy Spider. In the story, the determined spider spins her web. She has an end in mind: to finish her web and catch a fly for dinner. The spider had a goal in mind, worked hard to carry out the plan, and reached her goal of catching dinner.

Habit 3: Put First Things First

Habit 3 tells us to put important things first. It says to work first, then play. It means to decide what is most important and to take care of that first. In the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the caterpillar eats a lot of food. He makes sure he has enough energy and strength to build his cocoon. Because he did what was most important first, he was able to become a bright, colorful butterfly. Make sure you spend your time on things that are most important. This means saying no things you should not do, and prioritizing. Be organized while doing it.