Patience is a character building topic that invites many creative ideas for how to visually exhibit it on a notice board. As a rule, notice boards should be lively and invite the attention of others. When they achieve this, notice boards can be excellent teaching tools.
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Decorating the Board
Patience, according to Dictionary.com, is "an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay." Such a virtue invokes calming colours like sunshine or lemon yellow and white. One colour can be used for the background and the other for the border or trim, and once paired with orange or turquoise letters, makes for a bright and inviting piece.
Quotes abound on the virtue of patience. You can put several on your notice board. 1. "The secret of patience is doing something else in the meanwhile" Unknown 2. "Patience is the ability to count down before you blast off" Unknown 3. "The greatest power is often simple patience." E. Joseph Cossman 4. "Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself." Saint Francis de Sales 5. "Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy." Saadi
Students should complete activities that are geared toward the virtue of patience. Later, essays, drawings, poems and stories can be attached to a colourful and inviting board. When introducing the subject of patience, the teacher can ask students to share experiences (good or bad) about how they had to exhibit patience---like waiting for a vacation. Older children can write essays to this effect while younger ones can draw pictures to share their stories. These essays and pictures can be hung on the notice board. Ways to cultivate patience can be brainstormed and these tips can be posted to the board. Visual examples of patience can be reinforced through nature---how a seed becomes a flower and eventually blossoms with the elements of water, sunshine and time.
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