Building Respect for Ourselves & Others

  Grades 3-5



    Deborah Sampson's 2nd Secret

            The power of respect!




Children develop an appreciation of respect and its power, as they dive into the adventures of Massachusetts Revolutionary War heroine Deborah Sampson. Driven by patriotism and a passion for her dreams, Deborah risked imprisonment by disguising herself as a man and joining the Continental Army, She is the only woman known to have done this without detection.

Standing tall in her military uniform, Deborah shares some of her life's twists and turns that make respect concrete  and exciting! Conversations with the children lead them to see how Deborah's respect for authority, her peers and her own abilities/ideas as well as people who are different empowered her to surge through enormous obstacles and achieve her dream of becoming a soldier. Through stories, lively conversation and activities Deborah and the children explore respect as it played out in her life and ways to incorporate respect into their own.

Children relate and remember through C.A.M.P. :

    Respect for      

  • Children
  • Adults
  • My abilities and ideas
  • People who are different 

40-minutes; suitable for assembly or classroom event

Also available…

Farm Girl on the Front Lines: Deborah Sampson Deborah tells the story behind her childhood as an indentured servant, teacher (who had never attended school), soldier and woman on the Colonial speaking circuit! Children discover the challenges, missteps and victories of this farm girl and soldier with a secret!  Read more 


Grades K-2


   Hand-crafted duckling puppets make lessons fun and concrete!      


I Think You’re Wonderful!              

     Learning to love our differences!                              

Children learn that we all look beautiful in our own way– what fun it is that everyone looks different! Each person's unique outer beauty and inner "jewels” (kindness, joy, etc.) combine to make us each wonderful in our own way!

 Lady J tells The Ugly Duckling fairy tale to launch a conversation about lessons in kindness, courage and friendship. We talk about the fact that the Duckling wasn't ugly at all– he looked different from his duckling brothers and sisters, because he  was a swan! If his brothers and sisters had played with him, they would have seen his jewels– seen that he was fun, smart and kind!  They would have realized that he was wonderful in his own way!

How do children look different? How do we find the jewels in them? That they ar wonderful in their own way?

The children apply the lessons they learn by making their own duckling puppets and talking about the unique outer features (color/placement of feathers, beak, etc,) and special inner “jewel" they selected to glue onto their puppets. We wrap up by singing “I Think You’re Wonderful” by Red Grammer.

This 1 hr workshop may be held in one, or two sessions.




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