In some way, bullies are a problem for us all. October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and this week is Character Counts Week. While we need to focus on bullying prevention all year, this is an especially good time to add some anti-bullying resources. To help parents and teachers, I’ve put together free anti-bullying songs for a variety of ages. My character education resource posts obviously aren’t mutually exclusive.
If you’re a parent, you’re your child’s first and most important teacher. One of the hardest Montessori principles for many teachers and parents to adapt to relates to this quote by Maria Montessori: “Praise, help, or even a look, may be enough to interrupt him, or destroy the activity. It seems a strange thing to say, but this can happen even if the child merely
Every October, I feel conflicted. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I want to make a difference. I especially like to do something in honor of my mom, who’s a breast cancer survivor. Members of my family and I have done Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure events. Those have been very special, but in the last couple of years there have been questions about
We want our children to be helpful both at home and in public. And they often are naturally. I love Montessori practical life activities. They recognize children’s desire to be helpful and help children develop and refine skills in areas such as courtesy and care of the environment. Songs can also encourage kids to be helpful throughout life. I’m adding to my character education song posts
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Tragedies are difficult for everyone, but they’re especially difficult for young children to understand. While most of us try to protect young children from hearing about tragedies, sometimes children will still see or hear about a tragedy in the news. Fortunately, Mister Rogers can help. He has a wonderful quote: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would
The online world seems to get more and more dangerous for our children (and grandchildren for those of us who are grandparents). But there is a new movement and new hope. I’m excited about a group of young people who are working to make a difference with their “fight the new drug” message. The New Drug What is the “new drug”? Yes, it’s pornography.
Learning to take turns and share is difficult for almost all young children. Montessori education has helpful ideas about taking turns and sharing. Songs can also help. While parents vary in their philosophy of sharing, there are many free songs and rhymes about taking turns and sharing that can make both parents’ and teachers’ work easier. I like the idea of teaching children to
The Olympics and Paralympics are both thought-provoking and great for inspiration. I’ve loved focusing on the Olympic and Paralympic values for character education. I shared songs about the core Olympic values of respect, excellence, and friendship. The last few weeks, I focused on the Paralympic values. I already shared songs about the Paralympic values of determination, courage, and equality.Today, I’m focusing on the final
The Olympics and Paralympics are about so much more than winning. I’ve been focusing on the Olympic and Paralympic values for character education. I shared songs about the core Olympic values of respect, excellence, and friendship. Now I’m focusing on the Paralympic values. I already shared songs about the Paralympic values of determination and courage. Today, I’m focusing on the Paralympic value of equality.
Olympic and Paralympic values are important for everyone, not just Olympians or Paralympians. I’m having fun with a series of songs about Olympic and Paralympic values to add to my character education song resources. I’ve already shared songs about the core Olympic values of respect, excellence, and friendship. I also shared songs about the first paralympic value … determination. The second Paralympic value is
I already shared songs about the core Olympic values of respect, excellence, and friendship. Both Olympic and Paralympic values are important for anyone, not just Olympians or Paralympians. The first Paralympic value is determination … so important! The other Paralympic values are courage, equality, and inspiration … also important for anyone at any time. Enjoy these free songs about determination! Free Determination Songs and Rhymes – YouTube
Character education is one of the most important things a parent or teacher can give a child. One of the ways to do that is through a study of virtues, or positive character traits. As a parent and former homeschooler, my favorite ways to give character lessons were through religion, unit studies based on virtues, and Montessori principles and activities. I love to include
Every Olympic Games has many inspirational stories. The best Olympic stories have less to do with winning than with the character lessons … the Olympic values … we can learn from them. In honor of this year’s Olympic Games, here are some resources to help your children and/or students learn the Olympic lessons that are most important. What Are Olympic Values? What Are the Olympic and Paralympic Values? (Definitions and
The Olympics and Paralympics are about much more than winning. Of course, I believe that all sports are about much more than winning. The Olympic and Paralympic values are great character education lessons for both children and adults. So, what are the Olympic and Paralympic values? Core Olympic Values There are basically seven Olympic and Paralympic values. Sometimes they’re shown together, but I’ve most
Are you looking for songs that can be used at any time of year and cover important topics for children? I have LOTS and LOTS of songs in my free song series both here and at Living Montessori Now. Today’s friendship songs are also important every Olympic year. Friendship is one of the three core Olympic values (excellence, friendship, and respect). So I’m sharing
How should we approach the value of excellence? Rewards and awards aren’t part of Montessori education, but that doesn’t stop children from striving for excellence based on their inner needs. It is ideal when children (and adults) strive for excellence based on an internal need or passion. And those children and adults often find themselves the recipients of awards because of their passions. It