The current focus value at Rockingham Montessori School is: gratitude
Gratitude is the value of being thankful. You show appreciation for others. It is a value that cannot be requested or demanded but only given. The value of gratitude can help increase feelings of satisfaction with our lives. Through having gratitude we learn to know how to be thankful of others, for being ourselves and the world around us. When we instil gratitude in our daily lives we develop into well-rounded individuals who have positive social skills.
Books are an excellent way to explore values and we know that reading to your child from a young age provides them with an incredible start towards a lifelong love of literature. There are so many great children’s books about gratitude. Here are a few to look for at your local library.
- The Thankful Book by Todd Parr, provides everyday activities like reading, bath-time, family meals together and quality time between a parent and child. It encourages readers to appreciate all of life’s special moments. This book would be suitable for Children’s House students.
- Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud, uses an ‘invisible bucket’ as a metaphor that we carry around with us and how kind words and actions ‘fill’ others’ buckets and help them to feel good. This book would be suitable for Lower and Upper Primary students.
- Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig, is about Sylvester who makes a wish with unexpected consequences, he overcomes a series of obstacles and is reunited with his family. This book would be suitable for Lower and Upper Primary students and is available to view on Storyline Online https://www.storylineonline.net/books/sylvester-magic-pebble/
- I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, is an autobiography about a girl standing up for education and changing the world along the way. An inspirational story about one teens journey and how much can be accomplished. This book is most appropriate for older Upper Primary and Adolescent students.
Rockingham Montessori staff demonstrates gratitude and fosters the values within the classroom and playground. We would encourage you to discuss the value of gratitude at home and in the wider community to help develop your child’s lifestyle of thankfulness.
You can model gratitude by:
Thanking those around you, including shop assistants for their service.
Sending hand written thank you notes when you receive gifts, or want
to show appreciation.
Keeping a gratitude journal to record things for which you are grateful for.
Making “thank you” a sincere and common phrase in your vocabulary.
“Everything that you say to your child is absorbed, catalogued and remembered.” Maria Montessori
By Asti Jorgensen