(BPT) - Character education is a crucial part of childhood development. According to a Sage Journal article, character education is associated with higher levels of educational outcomes and is also related to higher levels of expressions of love, integrity, compassion and self-discipline.
Behaviors children learn starting in infancy define how they’ll operate as a school-age child and into adulthood. It’s never too early to begin teaching children the value of strong morality and character in order to help them succeed in school. Building strong social and emotional connections is key to developing an overall good sense of self and motivates children to develop strong values in academics and socialization. Simply telling our children about important values and showing them through our actions is enough to set them up for better outcomes now and in the future. Modeling these behaviors is even more important.
Imagine a classroom where children help each other and respect each other’s uniqueness — where kids are able to recognize and manage their feelings while being able to relate to others. Perhaps this description is too good to be true, but it’s important to do our part as parents to help our children develop important character skills that are needed in school. While there are many important traits, experts at Kiddie Academy Educational Child Care have identified five that are crucial to success in a classroom environment and in life.