Freedom & Rights, Citizenship, Civic Responsibilities and Participation
Our monthly value for May is Freedom and Rights, with a specific emphasis this year on citizenship, civic responsibility and participation.
An important aspect of our philosophy at METNS is fostering awareness of responsibilities as the child grows. This includes becoming more responsible for one’s own learning and becoming more responsible for one’s behaviours and actions. The aim is for children to develop internal discipline. Through this a real sense of self-respect is gained.
Interdependence is striking the right balance of co-operation and independence. It involves people relying on each other to do their individual parts. Whole school celebrations like Grandparents’ Day are important events at METNS, which foster reliability and real community spirit. Co-operation and collaboration are cornerstones to living our ethos at METNS as we ‘learn together to live together’.
Fostering Reliability at Home
School helps children develop numerous skills beyond building their knowledge base. One such skill is reliability. Teachers and parents can partner in helping children learn to become more reliable by engaging them in activities or roles that target this quality. Reliability is more easily taught once children can understand its meaning. Being reliable means people can count on you to do what is expected.
Jobs and Chores
Assigning jobs to children helps them become more reliable by making them responsible for tasks. Children can have jobs in school and at home. Classroom jobs can include pencil sharpening, sweeping, erasing the board, pushing in or putting up chairs at the end of the day, garden care and maintenance including planting or watering plants, collecting books and copies, helping a classmate – depending on the age of the child. Chores at home might include washing dishes, feeding a pet, cleaning up toys, setting the dinner table or helping with younger siblings. Set up reward systems for incentive if they’re needed. Explain that completing a job that is expected shows reliability because you can be trusted to do the right thing.
Homework is an activity that teaches reliability from a young age. Homework assignments become more complicated and time consuming as children age, helping them prepare for the heavier responsibilities they will have as adults. Help children understand that homework teaches them to follow through on tasks. Homework requires students to show they have learned skills that were taught in class and that they can be counted on to bring the work home, complete it and bring it back.