3-Steps to a Great Kid™ is the character development program developed by Dr. Nick Chamberlain in conjunction with other top educators. The program is designed to fill a void in children’s education that many feel is often left between school, traditional sports and their home environment. This program is the backbone of all our children’s martial arts classes. As Bruce Wayne says in Batman: It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.
The program follows the precept that “character is demonstrated through actions”. For this reason the program is largely action or behavior based. As the name suggests, the 3-Steps to a Great Kid™ program includes training in three areas:
Step 1: Daily Tasks Worksheet
Yes, chores! This is a 5 week, daily worksheet that covers tasks and responsibilities in such areas as: Personal Hygiene; Academics; Martial Arts; and Home Duties, etc. There are age specific worksheets for the different classes which can be downloaded from our Library section.
Do Chores Promote Academic Achievement? Yes!
A U.S. Department of Education report, Education and the Family, contrasted the family activities of youngsters with high and low academic achievement. The study found that the high-scoring students had regular chores and homework schedules and that their parents regularly involved them in conversations, games, singing and other activities. The low-performing students had few home responsibilities, little parental supervision and little time in which they interacted with their families.
Step 2: Character Virtue
This consists of ongoing class discussion of a monthly character virtue and how it relates to their karate training, family and the home, school and academics, and themselves. Remember the original purpose of athletics in an academic environment? It was to teach and encourage the traits of character in our children that they don’t get in Math and English class – Teamwork, Loyalty, Perseverance, Leadership, etc., Where has all that gone? It’s right here at Chamberlain Studios in our 3-Steps to a Great Kid program!
Step 3: Child Safety Topics
There is no point in getting a great kid if you don’t get to keep them. The monthly child safety topic covers such areas as: Stranger Danger; How to Deal with Bullies; Who am I?; and The Buddy System etc.
Here is the response from Suzanne, one of our parents:
“I am so thankful you guys teach them to learn a parent’s phone number. My kids were in a car accident 2 years ago with a babysitter and the car rolled over. Because of karate, Abby was able to to tell the EMT how to reach me, and it was ideal because I got there very quickly.”
The 3-Steps to a Great Kid™ program fits perfectly within the framework of a traditional martial arts curriculum and has met with rave reviews from our parents and other erdicators. We think you’ll agree with them, that this program offers something you won’t find at your child’s school or in a traditional sports program.
Much more information on this program is available in the childrens’ Yellow Belt Manual. The manual has copies of the worksheets and ideas on implementing chores into the family lifestyle. The monthly Daily Tasks Worksheets also can be picked up from any of the dojo (school) locations or downloaded from our Library section in color! For the youngest of our kids I recommend the magnetic responsibility charts from the company: Mellissa and Doug.
We look forward to working with you and your child to make a Great Kid!