“Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Character education is integrated into everything we do at Japhet School. The expression of good character and use of a common language is at the heart of our school climate, and the teaching of character is woven through the daily lessons crafted by our nurturing teachers.
What does an integrated character education curriculum look like? Here are a few examples that provide a glimpse into daily life at Japhet School:
In Integrated Technology class, students learn about what it means to be a digital citizen: citing resources and not plagiarizing, posting respectfully in online Wikispace discussions, protecting privacy, and working cooperatively on group projects.
In Music Appreciation class, students listen to music from around the world and have an opportunity to share their observations. Naturally curious, children express joy when they hear music from other countries, building respect for others.
In Preschool, the Japhet language of good character begins, and little ones are reminded to “use good judgment” when playing outside, “be reliable” when taking a book from the library, and “show initiative” to clean up their blocks after play.
In Kindergarten, read-aloud stories occur daily, followed by a class discussion about the character qualities expressed in the book.
In Math classes in all grades, students are coached to use industry in computing all the steps and showing their work, and to express courage by trying a method that is new to them.
I believe that “true education” is taking place at Japhet every day!
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