Honesty is telling the truth regardless of the consequences.
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (discussing consequences): Prepare several case studies (see TNGC, 161-62) in which children are faced with a choice to be honest or dishonest. For example, "You hit your brother, and your mother asks why he's crying." Ask, "What would the consequences be of being honest?" Then ask, "What would the consequences be of being dishonest?" Help the children discover that immediate consequences of honesty might be difficult but long-term consequences lead to peace and happiness.
ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (creating a rhyme): Invite each class (with the help of their teachers) to create a one-line phrase or a rhyme about honesty. For example, "If the truth is what I tell, I will never, never fail!" Invite each class to share their phrase with the other children. Encourage them to repeat the phrase whenever they are tempted to be dishonest.
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- Cortney writes, "I know this is a little late notice, but I just put together a Pioneer Day / honesty sharing time. Maybe there is someone out there even more of a procrastinator than me that could use this. I used four pioneer stories and turned them into case studies where the children decide what the consequences would be for being honest and dishonest. I put them on flame-shaped paper and made a fake fire (see picture below). On Sunday, I'm thinking of sitting on the floor around the campfire and having children choose a flame and then talk about the consequences of being honest. I am also trying to get some pioneer candy for them to snack on. [pdf] [Word]." (Idea shared by Cortney Bowler / ga07212012)
- Tiffany Catledge writes, "I put together a little story to go along with someone else's "Tangled Web" idea for sharing time Week #4 Honesty. I am going to bring Yarn to wrap around the room as I tell the tangled story the little boy got himself into."
John was a good little boy. But one day, after his mother had spent the afternoon baking cookies for the school fair that day, he did something naughty. Mother had 2 dozen chocolate chip cookies sitting on the counter waiting to take them to the school. John was so hungry and he didn’t think his mom would notice if he just took one cookie. And so he did. It was so delicious that he snuck one more. And before he knew it he had eaten all 24 cookies! What was he going to do? He most certainly could NOT tell mother that he had eaten them all! So he came up with a plan. There were still some crumbs on the plate so he spilled them around the floor and put the empty plate on the ground.
He then let the family dog, Buster, in the house. Just then his mother walked in. She looked at John, looked at Buster, looked at the empty cookie plate on the ground. And before she could say a word John said, “Mom, Buster ate all the cookies!” Mom went crazy! She pushed Buster out the door scolding him as she locked him outside. She then said, “Who let Buster In?”
Not sure what to say John said, Megan! Referring to his older sister. Mom stomped out of the kitchen and up to Megan’s room. John followed. When Mom found Megan she told her how angry she was that Megan had let the dog in and that he had eaten all the cookies and that Megan was grounded and could not go to the School Fair.
All of a sudden John’s stomach began to hurt. His mother looked at him and asked if he was all right He didn’t want her to think he was sick and not let him go to the fair, so he said that his brother Scott had punched him in the stomach earlier and his stomach was aching. Mother went immediately to find scott, scolded him and grounded him from the fair. John couldn’t believe that he had gotten everyone in so much trouble! And just because he had been greedy and eaten all the cookies! He should of told the truth an then Buster wouldn’t be in trouble, Megan wouldn’t be in trouble and Scott wouldn’t be in trouble! How could he go to the fair knowing that no one else could go and it was his fault for lying? He knew it was time to be honest. So he went to his piggy bank and took out the $10 he had been saving for special lego. He told his mom he had to run to the corner bakery. He got on his bike and road as fast as he could. There he bought two dozen of their best chocolate chip cookies.
When he got home he called his mom, Buster, Megan and Scott into the room. And he told them the whole story. How each lie got worse and worse and worse. They were all very upset and hurt by what he had done. But for John, it felt so much better to just tell the truth.
John had told the truth, asked his family to forgive him and tried to make it right by replacing the cookies. He knew he had to do one more thing. He said, “Mom, what I did was very wrong and I know that if I had just been honest things would have been much better. But since I did not tell the truth I know that I can not got to the school fair today." And his mom said, “You're right. You are staying home. But you did the right thing in finally telling the truth.”