Monday, April 21, 2014

R is for Respect

Take a moment to read this poem, written by an unknown author, and decide what environment you think would be beneficial to your children and/or ones you may teach at school. Then promote that environment in your everyday actions.
Teaching “respect” (showing consideration, understanding and regard for people, places and things) is a fundamental part of life. Each time you have the children say those magic words “please” and “thank you” you are teaching the most basic form of respect. In addition, teach children that even an inanimate object is worthy of respect. For example, teaching children at a young age not to tear a book, scribble in a book, or even stand on books can enhance their entire outlook on the fundamentals of reading. Books become respected and take an important place in a child’s life.  This in turn can enhance their quest for knowledge.
If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.
If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy.
If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient.
If a child lives with encouragement, he learns confidence.
If a child lives with praise, he learns to appreciate.
If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice.
If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith.
If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself.
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship, he learns to find love in the world!

See you tomorrow with the letter S,

Photo courtesy of Tania Cowling, all rights reserved