Communication Pack for Development of Positive Values

Why is it important to get parents to communicate the importance of positive values to children

As a classroom teacher, I love it at the start of a new year, I get to inherit a fresh class of new children to impact and influence. I place a lot of emphasis on character development as part of classroom management. I always give a simple analogy to my class that good character is like getting the first button right when you get dressed. Once the first button is right, everything else like academic excellence and positive attitude will fall in place!

It is also pertinent that positive values that are taught in school is also
Emphasized and practiced at home as well. That way, consistency and congruency is established between home and school. You also get parents to be on the same page as you!

For communication purpose, I have prepared a small take-home pack with a communication slip for parents to discuss with their children. Each object represents a positive value and acts as a visual reminder for children. It may also be hard for children to fully comprehend abstract concepts like love, kindness or motivation. So I wrote in pointers for parents to unpack the meaning and help them see how it looks like in action, thought and behaviour.

Communication Pack:

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Each object represents positive values or behaviour.

1.  Styrofoam Heart– Love and respect oneself and others

2.  ABC/123 stamp– Give your best in learning.

3. Paper Clip– Be creative and learn to problem-solve.

4. Pencil– Be diligent and hardworking

You may use these objects to discuss and unpack the meaning of each value with your child.

  1. 1.    Love and respect oneself and others (Heart)                                                                                                                                                                                                      IMG_9116

–       Take good care of yourself and your personal hygiene

–       Do to others what you like others do to you

–       Be kind and help others

–       Respect and obey teachers. Greet and listen to your teachers.

2.    Give your best in learning (ABC Foam)

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–       Pay full attention to the teacher and learn well in class

–       Be neat and tidy in your work

–       Check your work after completion

–       Set small goals for yourself to achieve

3.    Be creative and learn to problem-solve (Papaer Clip: Get the child to create shapes and animals with the paper clips!)

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–       Learn to be independent and do tasks on your own

–       Use your thinking to solve problems

–       Don’t be afraid to fail and try again

–       Be resilient and learn from your mistakes

4.    Be diligent and hardworking (Pencil) 

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–       Finish your work on time.

–       Do not talk or distract yourself with other objects during lesson

–       Be consistent in handing in homework on time

–       Learn your spelling well and prepare well for tests

10 Great ideas to teach name recognition and spelling

This is a brand new year and school has just started for our little ones! Going to school and coping with all the demands of learning can be a little daunting for our preschoolers, especially those first-timers! Teaching them to recognize and spell their names might be the first step to adapting well to school life 🙂

Why recognising and spelling names is important

Learning to recognise and spell their names is one of the significant milestones in terms of language development. Recognising their names on their belongings and activity sheets helps them to take ownership over their possessions and also orientates them around the premise like knowing which shoe cubicle thy should leave their shoes in when they enter school, and which activity sheet to work on with their names written on it. It also helps them in their transition during different segments of the day like recognising and picking out the correct water bottle and snack box with their name labels during meal times.

We have come up with 10 simple ways you can teach your child how to recognise and write her name! Simply by using things and objects in your own home! 🙂

1. Ice-cream sticks

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2. Foam letters

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3. Toy trains or cars (Boys will love this!!)

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4. Muffins paper cups

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5. Bottle Caps!

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6.Pebbles

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7. Clothes Pegs!

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8. Scrabble Chips!

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9. Lego blocks!

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10. Paper rolls!

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A Brand New Me! New Year resolutions

A brand new year has arrived! Fresh start fresh beginnings!

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For our little ones, what are our thoughts and resolutions for them? What vision do we have for them in terms of character growth and development?

Character development is important and crucial in the formative years. For most of us, our values and dispositions are shaped by our upbringing and what our parents emphasized growing up. Young children are very easily influenced by the examples showed by parents and peers.

For my 3-year old preschooler, there were certainly character traits that she has grown and matured in for the past year… like learning to be more independent and responsible over her belongings. I sought to applaud and celebrate her little successes and commendable efforts, with praises, hugs and rewards. For this coming year, I believe that we can envision a ‘better me’ for our little ones. More importantly than academic and cognitive milestones, we can help them develop our children socially and holistically.

For this, I created a door hanger with clothes pegs to signify each character trait or virtue  that she wants to develop in. It serves as a visual reminder for them!

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Remember to unpack what each value means in terms of action and thoughts! For example: Being patient means having to wait your turn and sometimes having your request fulfilled at a later time and date. Taking good care of yourself means keeping yourself clean and healthy ( brushing your teeth, bathing before bed, eating well).

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Tips on reiterating the values:
1. Model exemplary behaviour for your child. Parents are great models for children!
2. Be quick to catch them doing right!
3. Shower them with praise, hugs and rewards! A little goes a long way and certainly helps to reinforce the positive behaviour!
4. Use visual aids like door hanger or poster to communicate the values to them.
5. Use teachable moments as opportunities to help them apply the values in real situations!

It does take a lot of patience and consistency to emphasize and inculcate good values in our little ones (I know its not easy!)

But it definitely pays off seeing them blossom and flourish into children with good character! Let this be our little resolution and vision as parents this year too!

Blessed new year! Have a great year ahead, everyone! 🙂

Lynn 🙂