“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Let’s be honest! If we stop to really consider the things that we see on television from the reality shows, to dramas, to the news – character seems to be a fashion don’t. Social media “personalities” certainly do not help the situation. This is a problem since there seems to be a growing decision to allow young children to create and actively participate in social media – before they’ve even reached the site’s required minimum age.
There has been a huge push for character education over the years, and as one who has worked with children of all age groups and socio-economic backgrounds – we need it! As Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” It’s time to bring honesty back in style!
That being said, in my monthly supplemental curriculum book, Brainy Bee Learning, the character trait for March is honesty. I chose language and reading development as one way to promote character education. The books listed below are just a few of several titles that were chosen for this month. They can possibly be found for free at your local library. However, if you’d like to purchase a copy to build your own library, then you can find them by doing a quick internet search with the title or author’s name. The search will more than likely provide you with links to retail sites such as Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Target, etc.
Books that encourage honesty:
Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie by Laura Rankin
The Berenstain Bears and the Truth by Stan and Jan Berenstain
The Honest-to-Goodness Truth by Patricia McKissack
“. . . early childhood educators have the privilege and the responsibility of setting the foundation to shape the minds and character of our future – our legacy.”
I suggest reinforcing the lesson of your chosen book or books throughout the entire week. Active participation is encouraged through discovery/science/sensory experiences, as well as, creative art experience (dramatic play, art and crafts) throughout the week, and will lead to a review activity at the week’s end. Be creative! Make it fun!
Honestly ☺, early childhood educators have the privilege and the responsibility of setting the foundation to shape the minds and character of our future – our legacy. Hopefully, you’ll take these last two weeks of the month to promote this month’s character trait, while keeping in mind the words of William Shakespeare, “No legacy is so rich as honesty”.