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Kindergarten and PreSchool Leadership Seal
ELM is the perfect learning environment for little ones. As an educator and a parent, I feel this school really has the whole package. The 7 Habits helps the kids learn how to be healthy and compassionate members of society. The ‘learning through play’ philosophy is so appropriate for this age group. My son is thriving at this school. Elizabeth Hofrichter 

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Leadership Education at ELM

      The leadership program at ELM helps develop the essential life skills and characteristics students need in order to thrive in the 21st century.  Preschool and Kindergarten are arguably the most important years in your child’s school career.  It is during this time that attitudes about self, school, and relationships are forming.  ELM is committed to providing children the best possible experience at an early age that will prepare them with foundational skills they will use for a lifetime.   Children are taught proven, principle-based leadership skills found in Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s best-selling book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The language of the 7-Habits is integrated into ELM’s learning environment, in a way that children can relate to, on a daily basis. These 7-Habits are universal and timeless. When parents, teachers, and children all share a common language, great things happen!  

An Overview of the 7-Habits in Kid Language



Habit 1 — Be Proactive

  You’re in Charge   I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.  

Habit 2 — Begin with the End in Mind

  Have a Plan   I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.  

Habit 3 — Put First Things First

  Work First, Then Play   I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.  

Habit 4 — Think Win-Win


Everyone Can Win


I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives.




Habit 5 — Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood


Listen Before You Talk


I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.


Habit 6 — Synergize

  Together Is Better   I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone. I am humble.  

Habit 7 — Sharpen The Saw

  Balance Feels Best   I take care of my body by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find meaningful ways to help others.