As a teacher of the Montessori philosophy I realize the impact that character education has on the learning environment. Every child within a school community has to work together to help the school reach its full potential. As educators, pressured by standardized tests, we often forget the value of teaching the basics of please, thank you, and respect for your neighbor. I mean, we must not value it if it is not to be tested, right? I have been working diligently to establish rules and procedures with the students in my kindergarten class and I think I should take it a step further and actually teach children how to love one another. Many of the students come from broken homes, abusive families or may have experienced being shuffled from family to family in the foster family system. Needless to say, they may not have been presented with experiences to foster the ideals of a peaceful planet working together for the good of all. It is no wonder we currently experience the level of violence apparent in the schools today. I propose that teaching character and tolerance of other cultures is an essential part of education just as much as math and science are. What good to society does a scientists or mathematician in jail do? By enhancing the forgotten social studies curriculum I am taking a step in the right direction. I will begin by introducing my pre kindergarten and kindergarten students to character development through the use of books targeting children in this age group. I will further develop their character education by exposing them to other cultures through the use of puzzles depicting these individuals and books. Both methods are very appropriate for the age level I am teaching. It will be my responsibility to expose them to trips (with the help of the school district and parents) to places such as eno valley park (learn about native americans) or performances by Duke University. Who in the past have given scholarships to have someone come and teach the class about Japanese culture for 5 days! The materials requested in the proposal help to supplement the activities and give the children more experiences with knowledge of other cultures. It is very important, when developing character education programs, to help the children understand that the world is bigger than the plot of land their home is placed on. A broader view leads to a broader mind and a well rounded individual. Again, I hope to create an environment in the classroom that promotes tolerance and respect. The books and puzzles requested will supplement the lessons.
|RE140X - Celebrating Diversity Literature Library • Lakeshore Learning||$159.00||1||$159.00|
|Multicultural Family Puzzle Set • Childcraft, Inc.||$49.99||1||$49.99|
|FB504 - Building Character Book Set • Lakeshore Learning||$35.00||1||$35.00|
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