Martin Luther King Jr. explained, “We must remember that intelligence isn’t enough. Intelligence plus character—that’s the goal of education.”1 At Summer Fit, we couldn’t agree more. That is why we have a whole body approach that includes values.
Values are what give your child direction and drive. When you help your child learn and practice core values, they gain a love of learning as well as a desire to make a positive difference in the world.
In 2009, the Australian government started a Values Education initiative in their schools. They found that teaching values in schools improved school relationships, ambience, student well-being and academic diligence.2 This is just one example of the power of values. As you and your child learn about values with Summer Fit ActivitiesTM, you will also experience growth in the classroom and at home.
Each week, Summer Fit Activities focus on a core value. This means by the end of the summer, you will have learned about and practiced 10 values: honesty, compassion, trustworthiness, self-discipline, kindness, courage, respect, responsibility, perseverance, and friendship. These values are taught in many ways:
|P–K, K–1, 1–2, 2–3, 3–4, 4–5, 5–6||6–7||7–8|
|Honesty||Abraham Lincoln||Essa Khan||Canesha Blackman|
|Compassion||Mother Teresa||Oprah Winfrey||Eleanor Roosevelt|
|Trustworthiness||Harriet Tubman||Walter Cronkite||Dana Reeve|
|Self-discipline||Stephanie Lopez Cox||Jackie Robinson||Kristi Yamaguchi|
|Kindness||Princess Diana||Oral Lee Brown||Pelé|
|Courage||Rosa Parks||Christine McAuliffe||Teddy Draper Sr.|
|Respect||Mahatma Gandhi||Harry S. Truman||The Dalai Lama|
|Responsibility||Terry Fox||Jimmy Carter||Rachel Carson|
|Perseverance||Bethany Hamilton||Wilma Rudolph||Sally Ride|
|Friendship||Lewis and Clark||Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan||J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis|
- A role model is chosen to emmulate each value. For example, Mother Teresa exemplifies compassion and Jackie Robinson self-discipline.
- Core value book lists help your child learn more about the values.
- Your child is encouraged to practice the values every day. For example, “Color a star each day you show honesty through your actions.”
- “Let’s Talk About It” sections give you ideas about how to discuss the values with your child.
- Hands-on learning activities give you and your child a chance to practice the values. For example, your soon-to-be kindergartener is asked to “Learn how to play a new game like checkers or chess. Practice self-discipline as you do your best to learn the rules.”
We know that teaching your child values is important to you. You are already doing it by your actions! But with Summer Fit ActivitiesTM, you get the chance to focus on values. And your reward will be intelligence plus character, the goal of education.
- 1. King, M. (1947, January). The Purpose of Education. Retrieved December 19, 2014, from http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/encyclopedia/documentsentry/doc_470200_000
- 2. Lovat, T., Toomey, R., Dally, K. & Clement, N. (2009). Project to test and measure the impact of values education on student effects and school ambience. Final Report for the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) by The University of Newcastle. Canberra: DEEWR.