In the classrooms, it's part of our culture to discuss (and hopefully model) different virtues with the children, but this week we've started a new program of focusing on one virtue across the whole school - Montessori East preschool and primary school. Each week, we'll share some insights with you. This week's value is RESPECT.
At school a lesson is given on the virtue of the week. We focus on a particular virtue to reflect on, discuss and consciously practice. This will be a little different depending on the age of the children, however broadly speaking the lesson structure is as follows
- What is the meaning of (the virtue)?
- Why practice (the virtue)?
- How do you practice it?
- Signs of success
Parents can get involved at home too. Here's a guide for a discussion at home
- What are three ways we already practice respect?
- How do we feel when people treat us disrespectfully?
- How do we feel when people treat us respectfully?
We also found that it was important for us as adults to do some self-reflection on our own embodiment of the virtues, asking ourselves if we are, or how we are, showing respect to;
- ourselves and family
- our colleagues
- the children and their parents
- the community - people we encounter in our every day lives.
What is Respect?
Respect is an attitude of honouring people and ourselves. Respect includes honouring the rules of your family and our school, behaving in a way which makes life more peaceful and orderly.
I am respectful. I treat others and myself as we deserve to be treated.
I show courtesy to everyone. I learn from the wisdom of my elders.
We look forward to sharing more about this program each week.
“The Family Virtues Guide” by Linda Kavelin Popov. This is an excellent book we use in the classrooms. Copies can be ordered online plus we have copies you can view in the office.