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Santa Clarita Author Integrates Academic, Character Education In Books

Carole Cliffe, local author and former teacher for the Sulphur Springs School District, has published a new book integrating math and character education.

Shaping Up Your Character

A local author, Carole Cliffe, and local illustrator, Tarah Davis, have recently released a book for elementary school students that seeks to combine geometry with character education.


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Cliffe, the author of “Shaping Up Your Character, A to Z-Mathematically,” was a teacher in the Sulphur Springs School District between 1971 and 2004.

She taught at Leona Cox, Valley View and Fair Oaks Community Schools, and has worked with the city of Santa Clarita on their “Character Counts!” program and developed the company Character Building Concepts, through which she publishes her books.

All of her books and songs teach a lesson about character, Cliffe said.

The Mysterious BalloonHer first book, “The Mysterious Balloon,” teaches children the value of patience.

Alowishes Unusual Birthday,” demonstrates the importance of being dependable, according to Cliffe’s website.

Cliffe has already begun piloting “Shaping Up Your Character” among local schoolchildren.

The book teaches basic shapes while promoting character qualities like cooperation, sportsmanship and the Golden Rule.

Cliffe said that the book has helped students engage with what they are learning and has even encouraged them to come up with their own additions--different shapes that represent character values.

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Alowishes Unusual BirthdayThere will be a booksigning with Cliffe and Davis at Valley View Community School on Friday between 3:45 at 5 p.m., open to all children, parents and teachers in the SCV.

Cliffe decided to begin writing children’s books for a couple of different reasons.

Her mother is also an author and helps critique her work.

Cliffe was inspired to write specifically about character by tragic events like the infamous shootings at Columbine High School and Virginia Tech, she said.

She sees the importance of educating the heart and not only the mind, she said.

Cliffe also wants to encourage children who are interested in writing, illustrating or animating.

“(Writing) is a great way to communicate a feeling and emotion and to make a difference in the world,” she said.

Right now, she has another book in the works, one that teaches geography through her own world travels since she retired from teaching.

Cliffe’s books are available on her website and on Amazon.com. A portion of the proceeds from all books sold on her website are donated to the Sulphur Springs School District.

For more information about Character Building Concepts, “Shaping Up Your Character” and the book signing at Valley View, click here or email Cliffe at carole@characterbuildingconcepts.com.


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Santa Clarita Author Integrates Academic, Character Education In Books


Article: Santa Clarita Author Integrates Academic, Character Education In Books
Source: Santa Clarita News
Author: Allison Pari