At the Character Center for Kids, character development is the foundation and core of our curriculum.
Belief : Your child will be encouraged to create a vision for the future, empowered to believe it can be achieved, and given the tools needed to accomplish that vision.
Environment : Your child will be taught to respect nature and the environment and how to protect it.
Appearance : Children are taught what having an appropriate appearance means, not only for themselves (building self-confidence), but what their appearance says about them to others.
Values : Children are taught the value of hard work, volunteering, academic achievement, and the importance of the family structure.
Economics : Children are taught budgeting, saving, developing a banking relationship, the importance of credit, and appreciation versus depreciation.
Respect : Children are taught the importance of respecting elders, parents, being obedient, and respecting themselves and being tolerant and accepting of others.
Due to the overwhelming success of the Big-headed Beaver(TM) curriculum the, Big-Header Beaver(TM) & Friends now perform live shows for schools, classes, or small groups for students in K-6th grade. Two of our most popular shows include:
All performances have been well-received by students and have received raved reviews from teachers, administrators, and parents.
For more information, including cost and availability, please contact The Character Center at850.385.9225.
The Big-Headed Beaver© and Friends’ Curriculum and Live Performances are enhanced through a character-building series which include additional animal characters – each with a designated purpose to reinforce each of the previously mentioned principles (outlined in the curriculum).Those characters include the following:
The Big-Headed Beaver©: He is the main character who is constantly doing good, living right, and encouraging others to do the same. Curriculum topics include being confident; self-esteem building; respect; and perseverance.
The Fearless Fox: He is a character who lives ‘on the edge’ and wants to become a Hollywood stunt man. Curriculum topics include: practicing good safety habits (helmets, knee pads, etc.); respecting others’ property and choices; the importance of school; exercising and diet; and studying and test-taking tips.
The Pew-Wee Pig: He is a character that is ‘hip’ and always breaking the rules. Curriculum topics include: being confident when saying “No”; staying away from drugs and alcohol, gangs, and sexual activity; choosing a career; and good personal hygiene.
The Rude Rabbit: She is a character who is very rude, angry and arrogant. Curriculum topics include: being confident but polite; respecting parents, teachers, and adults; being a brat; choosing good friends; and enjoying youthfulness.
The Talkative Turtle: He is a character who talks too much and likes to exaggerate the truth. Curriculum topics include: being honest; the purpose of money; and budgeting.
Each of these characters offer children the opportunity to be able to identify with someone who is experiencing similar issues, and at the same time offer methods to address situations and issues they face on a daily basis. The characters in this series are designed to have real-life problems in real-life situations and settings with each other. The characters meet each other, go to the same school, interact as friends, and deal with their struggles together.
WHY CHOOSE A BEAVER?
Believe it or not, beavers can teach us a lot. They exhibit many admirable character traits and values essential for lifelong success as human beings (as evidenced in the blockbuster movie “Chronicles of Narnia). Here are just some of the interesting facts about beavers:
Beavers are monogamous animals that mate with only one partner. In the case where one of the mates dies, the other will most likely find a new partner to establish a home range and produce a new litter. As a rule, Beavers live in family colonies comprising two adults, a litter from the current year, and a few animals from the previous litter.
However, individual Beavers do not start a family colony, but instead spend the whole of their life alone. They are referred to as “bachelors” no matter what the sex of the animal is. Although Beavers reach sexual maturity at the age of three years old (or sooner), most do not breed until they have found a good area to build a home and a fitting partner to start a family.
Beavers – Breeding Season
Breeding season falls in January-February. Beavers are territorial animals and have to use some simple techniques to attract a partner. Oil productive glands allow Beavers to mark their territory and are a reliable means of letting prospective mates know they are welcomed to share the area.
Gestation period lasts for about four months. The average litter size is 4 kits. They are born fully furred and learn to swim soon after birth. Their eyes are open at birth and will go underwater within a few hours after the actual time of birth. Delivery can be a long process sometimes. It may take a few days for a female Beaver to produce a litter.
Beavers – Family Colony
It is interesting to know that only one female, the founder of the family colony, will breed once a year. At the age of two years old, Beavers are forced to leave their family and seek appropriate sites of their own. Very often, they will go up or down the stream and create a new dam. Therefore, a series of dams found in some areas may belong to the Beavers who once belonged to the same family.
However, in areas with high Beaver density, where there is a shortage of suitable sites, they will travel long distances in search of a new home. Some Beavers are reported to travel as far as 147 miles from their parents’ residence.
Beavers care for their offspring by supplying them with food. Since the young do not travel far from the den, food should always be available for them. Beavers usually store food in tunnels making it unnecessary for juveniles to leave the site for too long. Inexperienced juveniles may become the victims of natural predators. Such animals as coyotes, owls, and eagles find young Beavers an attractive food source. They also compose the ration of such predators as wolves, mountain lions, lynx, and others. Beavers that are lucky to avoid a predator or a trap will live up to ten years or longer in the wild.
Source: Information extracted from the ALA, Webster Encyclopedia,