First graders learn about the difference between tattling and telling. We read and discuss the book "A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue". No one likes "Josh the Tattler" because he tattles way too much. Josh learns his lesson when he wakes up with a bad case of Tattle Tongue (his tongue is very long, yellow, covered in bright purple spots, and Itchy, Itchy Scratchy, Scratchy, Twitchy, Twitchy, Catchy, Catchy). The children learn that by telling not tattling they can avoid a bad case of Tattle Tongue themselves. I'm sure you "battle the tattle" at home as well. The children learn the "tattle rules" below so that they will know when they are telling and when they would be tattling. They have made their own "Josh the Tattler" to share with you at home. Keep in mind that telling is important and should be encouraged.
For homework, please review the Tattle Rules listed below and talk about how these rules can be used in your home as well.
Rule # 1: BE A DANGER RANGER
If a person or animal is in danger, you must warn someone!
Rule # 2: BE A PROBLEM SOLVER
If the problem involves you directly, take charge and try hard to solve it yourself first.
Rule # 3: NOW OR LATER
Is the problem a "Now" problem or a "Not Now" problem? Can your problem be solved at a later time?
Rule # 4: M.Y.O.B. (Mind Your Own Beeswax!)
If the problem is not dangerous and it does not involve you...Do Not Tattle! You can help be a problem solver with your friends too.
I hope that these rules can be helpful in your home and our community as well.