Contemplation

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A Value that needs to be taught through Character Education

Teachers or counselors should provide an overview of some of the skills necessary for children to be able to think things through before taking action to teach the value of contemplation.

Before a child can incorporate any values, they need to be able to reflect on their own values and actions. After all, before they decide they want to share their favorite toy with a friend, they understand that this is something special and it will help them to connect with their friend. This thought process often feels natural, but are people born knowing what is ‘right’ and what is ‘wrong’?

Teachers or counselors should integrate the following key talking points while teaching the value of contemplation. Consider posing the following questions to prompt a discussion:
• What was the adult’s role in the process?
• From the child’s perspective, what did this process entail?
• What did you think about the process and the end result?


Children need time and space to be physically active every day. A brief break to dance or stretch can go a long way. Children who are active and eat healthy, well-balanced meals are better prepared and motivated to learn. Establishing these healthful habits early is critical. Children need to feel safe and secure in order to be able to think things through. If a child’s basic human needs are not met, they cannot focus. Children who are experiencing extraordinary or continued stress may have difficulty concentrating or focusing on activities. Try to engage children who seem distant, but try to be understanding and flexible.

Children begin to independently control their actions when they learn to reflect and respond appropriately in different situations, usually during age four. For example, at the playground they understand that they may jump, but when they are eating they are expected to sit. Clear boundaries help children understand what is expected of them, as well as their role in an activity or situation. Children need opportunities to become deeply involved in activities. Children need stimulating environments that offer a balance of individual and group activities, quiet and active time, and indoor and outdoor play. They also need opportunities to explore personal interests, as well as learn about others.


Children’s natural disposition to be curious can be stimulated by offering opportunities for them to learn about cause and effect or problem solving. Simple toys that show cause and effect can help children understand that their actions have meaning. When children roll a ball down a slope they begin to understand that they can control when and where to roll it or stop it. Household items and basic toys encourage children to explore. A child’s imagination will quickly turn a cardboard box into a bustling train, stove or castle! Children can create imaginary worlds that exist in harmony with the real world. Adults often give children a solution before they have a moment to think about what just happened, but children enjoy being part of the solution too. When they can contribute to a group effort, they build a sense of community. Children need opportunities to be part of a constructive effort. Invite them to contribute to solutions.


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