Michael H. Popkin, Ph.D., and Susan Greathead, M.Ed.
Free The Horses - A Character Education Adventure
Let the adventure begin! If your students like Harry Potter and The Chronicles
of Narnia, they are going to love the newly updated Free
the Horses program. Use this action-packed video story to
teach children ages 5 to 9 to believe in themselves, their talents,
and their dreams. In Free the Horses, Kelly sets out
on a quest to free some wild horses from captivity. Along the
way, she and the colorful friends she meets learn to handle problems
in a positive and courageous way.
With the step-by-step
Teacher's Guide, classes are easy to teach. Free the Horses is divided into 11 video and
discussion lessons, designed to last 30-45 minutes each, with
9 optional lessons for reinforcement of this character education
series. The Teacher's Guide
gives you detailed instructions on when to show the video and
when to stop for discussion and class activities.
New look, new materials
Thanks to teacher suggestions, weve made these programs for parents
even more effective with the addition of Kid's Character Packs
and Color-In Posters. Give each student a Character Pack (a newly
designed activity book + 12 stickers) to reinforce the important
lessons during their character education. Use the set of 11 Color-In
Posters to let students help decorate the classroom with their
newfound character knowledge.
An action-packed story with valuable lessons
The story of the live-action video centers on the adventures
of Kelly and her friends as they face a variety of problems that
children face every day.
Kelly is overwhelmed by her responsibilities. Bright Knight
feels like a failure. Ted Bear is from a dysfunctional family.
Rabbit is picked on by a bully. These characters (played by children)
learn to handle their problems positively and courageously, while
developing character along the way.
Here's what your students will learn:
Part 1: The Lands of Think, Feel, Do
I can do it.
I can choose what I think.
I can choose my feelings.
I can do the right thing.
Part 2: The Golden Spiral of Success: Belonging,
Learning and Contributing
I can be a friend.
I learn from my mistakes.
I have a lot to offer.
Part 3: The Keys of Courage, Responsibility and Cooperation
My fears won't stop me.
My choices matter.
None of us is as smart as all of us.
My dreams and talents are special.
Why a program on character education
Children who develop responsibility, cooperation, courage and
other traits of good character have fewer behavioral problems
and more success when facing lifes challenges. There's even research to prove it!
Character education you can believe in! Free The Horses is based on sound principles of cognitive behavioral
psychology. Children learn to think positive thoughts and do
the right thing as each lesson develops a single vital character
trait such as courage, cooperation, responsibility and being
Use this program in many different
A 47-page Summer Camp Guide (included with the kit) will
help you expand the uses of your Free the Horses program
kit. Written by an elementary school counselor who used the program
as the basis of an overnight camp, this guide is packed with
activities that reinforce the skills taught in Free the Horses.
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