Courage is a virtue that should always be of great importance in and out of the classroom. Children can appreciate courage the most when they realize that bravery is just one small part of having courage. Some of the ways that kids can learn about this important concept are:
- Hearing stories about people who did courageous things
- Reading books about those who exemplified courage
- Taking part in storytelling about this and other important virtues
Writing About Courage
As children learn more about courage, they are likely to think of times in their lives when they’ve shown courage. Perhaps it was standing up to a bully, or coping with a serious illness at a young age. Keeping a journal is one way to write about these ideas in a meaningful way. Younger kids might share their stories of courage through verbal storytelling or art. Ideas for putting these ideas into practice include:
- Having the class keep journals and encourage sharing times
- During sharing times, encourage students to ask each other questions
- Allow children to act out some of what they write about, within reason
Courage in Art
Art is an effective way for children to express their ideas about courage. There are so many different mediums children can use that they are assured of never running out of ideas. Another advantage of art is that it is a good medium for younger children who have yet to master writing skills. Putting all of the courage-related artwork into one display is also a good motivator to encourage kids to work together.
- Consider allowing access to magazines or catalogs that students can use to create collages
- Encourage kids to create a mural as a group activity about courage
- Do an art activity as a follow-up to the journal entries
There are many examples of courage in history, making field trips a good way to learn about historical figures who exemplify this virtue. A trip to a museum or state historic site is a great way to introduce students to these figures. Sometimes experiencing certain exhibits or displays help bring the idea to life for kids.
- Consider a reading or storytelling activity before the visit with a story related to the trip
- Incorporate relevant cultural activities into the lead-up to the field trip
- Encourage your students to write about the experience or share about it drawings
Teaching kids about courage is vital to their later success in school and larger life. These and other activities will play a role in helping children learn about vital virtues. At Montessori School of Fremont, our teachers encourage students to be courageous as they grow and learn throughout their school years. Parents and potential students are invited to tour our school and see our classrooms in person. Contact us today to schedule a tour.