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Getting a GRIP on Character

An Adventure-Based Education Resource - Pre-K through 8th Grade by Rebecca Short

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Getting a GRIP on CHARACTER is a complete resource designed for teachers, parents, grandparents, and anyone who has a role in working with children.

Using the metaphor that life is like rock climbing, children learn to get a grip on the 7 Handholds of Character—respect, responsibility, courage, perseverance, honesty, trustworthiness, and caring.

The 7 Handholds of Character

  1. Respect

  2. Responsibility

  3. Courage

  4. Perseverance

  5. Honesty

  6. Trustworthiness

  7. Caring

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Lessons That Will Last a Lifetime

Getting a GRIP on CHARACTER provides practical, fun, and engaging opportunities for students to learn and practice good character. Lessons that will last a lifetime!

Included are:

  • One-page lesson plans

  • Short inspiring stories

  • Lists of sayings and books for each character quality

  • Community service projects

  • Team building games

  • Age-appropriate activities

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Books Available at
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Click any logo above to purchase the book from that bookstore. 

Books can also be purchased at the inspire Rock Climbing Gym Pro Shop
403 E. Louetta  Spring, TX 77373

Note: schools, churches, and non-profits will receive a discount by calling Dorrance Publications at: (800) 788-7654

What People Are Saying About the Book

“This is an extremely well-written book with so many resources to help children understand the importance of character traits such as respect, honesty, responsibility, and caring. The stories
and activities are presented in such a way as to inspire and open the way for conversations. I would highly recommend it for any parent, grandparent, or teacher who wants to help a child reach his full potential in life.” 

Penny Ward, Businesswoman

About the Author

The "Get a Grip Grandma"

Born and raised in the Panhandle of Texas, Rebecca Short has worked as a clinical specialist, instructor, and administrator in nursing. Although a nurse by profession, Rebecca is best known as a motivational speaker, teacher, and co-founder of Rock Solid Character.

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