About the Good Choices Character Building Program
Effective character education to build strong social skills
Our program is built around a booklet: How to Make Good Choices. This booklet is designed and written for children to teach them common sense guidelines to a happy life. It contains 21 chapters, each covering a specific tool to help children evaluate situations and make good decisions that will improve life for themselves and others.*
The Good Choices Program has been delivered in public schools, private schools, after-school youth groups and even home schools by concerned parents with great success. It is easy to customize the program to fit any age of students from 6 to 13 years old, and it is also designed so that you can use it to address the values and social skills your children are having the most difficulty with.
Message from Nancy Cartwright
Happy House was founded by Emmy award winning actress and philanthropist Nancy Cartwright in 2001 as a non-profit organization dedicated to building better families, one family at a time. The Good Choices Program is sponsored by Happy House as a means to accomplish that goal.
Our mission is to help bring about a safer community by “Building Better Families.” A “family” in this case can be small or large; it can be a school, church, business, neighborhood or even a country.
We are here to help, not to tell people what is right or wrong or to set down any rules. We use the 21 common sense values found in The Way to Happiness as a base. People from all walks of life, regardless of their race, religion or ethnic background, have used these tips to help themselves and others live happier, calmer and more productive lives.
The values and suggestions found in The Way to Happiness will be familiar to most of you, like old friends. As you read them, you will almost certainly think of someone who would be better off if they applied these values in their lives.
Happy House volunteers come from a broad spectrum of community experience. We want to work with any individual or group that is, or has a desire to, help others.
Our goal is a healthy world where people can trust one another and not live in fear, where there is mutual respect and a true sense of community. This “healthy world” already exists in many families and neighborhoods, in many congregations and businesses but, sadly, is very difficult to maintain in this modern world.
We are here to support the efforts of those who are doing good deeds. We want to make it easier for everyone to live a life that creates happiness for all.
Co-Founder Happy House
The Good Choices Tool Kit
Dozens of pilot programs with hundreds of children of all ages have shown How to Make Good Choices and its companion workbook to be highly effective in getting children to make their OWN good choices.
The program is now available in an easy-to-use kit that has everything you need to start delivering the program right away. The kit contains:
- Six copies of the How to Make Good Choices Booklet
- The Good Choices Lesson Plan workbook
- A copy of The Way to Happiness Booklet
- A copy of The Way to Happiness DVD with public service video presentations of the 21 moral guidelines covered in the booklet.
The teacher or group leader selects a lesson plan to address a particular chapter and starts by playing the students a short video that illustrates that chapter, such as “Set a Good Example”. The students then discuss what they have just seen and how it applies to them.
After the video, the children can read the applicable chapter from the book How to Make Good Choices or a parent or teacher can read it to them, making sure they understand all the words used.
This is followed by practical exercises that get the students to participate in examining different real-life situations where that principle would come into play.
At no time are the students told what they must or must not do – they are helped instead to examine the consequences of their decisions in life so that they can make their own good choices.