January 10, 2014


The Values Book: Teaching 16 Basic Values to Young Children
by Pam Schiller and Tamera Bryant

This book helps parents model ethical behaviours through action and discussion. Each value is introduced by a relevant poem or song, a definition of the value, questions to think about, ways to discuss the value with children, activities for the classroom or the home that reinforce understanding, and a list of books that showcase each value.

Values include commitment, compassion, honesty, loyalty, and responsibility. I question whether humor should be deemed a value and whether it can even be taught, and the inclusion of pride as a value. The authors mean children to take pride in successful accomplishments, but they don't discuss how to be proud of oneself without being boastful. It will be up to parents to decide which values are worth teaching.

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