Eight main virtues that we teach children at LuckyKids International Camp

2021-11-18

Virtue means moral superiority in human actions and behavior. The first discoverer of the concept of “virtue” was Aristotle .

In his Nicomachean ethics , he explains that virtue is the middle ground between two bad ways of doing things – the important thing is to find the right balance between them, so that there is nothing too much.

Different religions include virtues. Christianity defines the virtues – faith, hope, love, compassion and mercy – as basic. Hinduism includes – altruism, moderation, honesty, restraint, purity, protection of the Earth, peace, non-violence, respect, respect for teachers.

Buddhism considers a complex system of virtues that affect three main areas: wisdom, ethical behavior, and concentration. The path of virtues in all religions leads to enlightenment and personal development.

At LuckyKids International Camp, we professionals want to apply a lot from the universal virtues in the education and upbringing of our children.

We do this because we believe that moral education is an integral part of education . For us, the academic process is only one side of the coin. The other, much more delicate, time- and effort-intensive side is building and consolidating a value system that works in the daily life of every child.

EIGHT of the main virtues are:

  • patience
  • tolerance
  • mutual aid
  • kindness
  • courage
  • generosity
  • honesty
  • perseverance

How does virtue education happen?

Of course virtues are much more . They are often intertwined in a complex way. Every day, the child listens to instructive stories, each containing its own morals and telling about a certain virtue.

After reading, we discuss history and its lessons together, distinguish between ethical concepts as good and bad. We find together alternative solutions to moral problems.

Finally, the children receive instructions or explain to themselves how they can practice this virtue during their day.

The next day, every child who has succeeded and demonstrated appropriate actions receives a sticker on their “good performances” sticker card . Teachers and animators constantly navigate the camps and tell them the correct direction of decision making and action.

What each of these eight virtues means

PATIENCE

This virtue helps us to be patient in difficult times, to we overcome complex and challenging obstacles and circumstances in our lives.

At LuckyKids, we advise our alumni not to give up, to be patient to achieve the desired goal and result.

Patience can be achieved through actions such as:

  • wait for line.
  • taking into account the age of the other participants.
  • completing a project or task, even if it is complex, without losing motivation and desire to work. 

Sometimes it can mean waiting for another child, a group children to complete their activity or performance.

TOLERANCE

It includes the same attitude and understanding of those different from us , those of another generation, another race, with other beliefs and religions. One of the highest basic virtues that requires time to practice and strengthen.

Tolerance can be achieved with small daily actions such as:

  • listening to others.
  • attention to the younger, different, adults.
  • encouraging the actions of others.
  • inviting the different ones to get involved in the common interesting activity, providing a place for them in the team or group. Make them feel welcomed and cared for.

This virtue also includes mastering a certain vocabulary that excludes words of hatred, demeaning and humiliating the personality of the child / adult.

MUTUAL ASSISTANCE

A virtue that requires a certain way of thinking , – an altruistic attitude or the feeling that others are well, that they feel safe.

Very often the people around us, who are actually good by nature, are in a hurry and sluggish in their own tasks, and often forget to really look at the rest.

Everyone has had a small action, such as a handshake or a simple pat on the shoulder, a hug, a gesture of approval or just a smile, to lift us up to the sky and make us fill with joy.

In LuckyKids mutual aid is as natural and mandatory as breathing. Our program is built entirely on these virtues, but mutual assistance is especially important. It is no coincidence that it is considered one of the most necessary skills for young people of the 21st century – teamwork.

It can be practiced through the following actions:

  • join the task of other children / children who need support and help to complete it.
  • setting the other person’s need to do something before our own needs.
  • offering help without being asked after we observed that someone was having difficulty.

GOODNESS

This is a virtue we carry in our hearts . It can also be brought up and shaped. Children are like uncut diamonds. Our experience and passing on our knowledge of virtues grind these diamonds to show them in all their glory.

It can be practiced through almost any action attention, approval , respect, love and care.

To check how the other person is feeling, to greet and wish a wonderful day, to come to the rescue when a child falls or is hit, to express sympathy or just to they walk and stand next to the one who is in need and feels lonely. These are some of the millions of small gestures of kindness.

COURAGE

Many people believe that courage is inherent in the stronger sex and that there is no need for it to be brought up or for the child to be educated in it.

It’s amazing to me how many parents, even on the playground, stop their children from being brave and independent. Their cries of fear that the child will be hurt, as well as reproaches when something like this happens to him, are behaviors that automatically block courage.

We strongly recommend that the child be encouraged to explore the unknown world, of course taking care of its safety.

Let the child try, even feel uncomfortable – so he becomes bolder, stronger, more independently. At LuckyKids, we encourage courage , of course within reason and for the safety of each child.

GENEROUSNESS

This virtue is very often manifested in the early years of children. It can be innate and the child can be generous “by birth”. It can be cultivated later, but requires effort and practice.

Generosity is practiced with actions such as:

  • sharing what the child has with others, even if they are not friends.
  • giving away, giving away or just sharing what we have.

Generosity can refer to both material things and the immaterial. Sharing our time is one of the most generous gestures.

HONESTY

A virtue that requires another virtue, namely courage. Everyone should be open and able to share their thoughts and feelings . For some, however, this is a difficult task.

We teach our alumni to be open , to talk about their worries and to share their ideas on various topics, to tell the truth in the eyes, even if it is not the most pleasant.

We also talk about the harm of lying , which is only a temporary escape, but it does not lead to solving situations or problems, on the contrary – it brings new ones. So we practice openness, which we call honesty.

PERMANENCE

Very often forgotten, but extremely important virtue. Without it, there is no how to get our other virtues.

Persistence can be practiced through a variety of activities that require patience or are a challenge. Persistence strengthens the will, patience, self-control and helps children succeed with other virtues.

RESPECT

How to practice it

It is no coincidence that we set respect apart from the other eight virtues. It can be expressed through all other virtues.

The small actions and details that children can do are:

  • greetings at the beginning, at the end of the day of peers, older people, casual people met in the hotel, in the mountains, in public places.
  • opening doors and making way for other people.
  • speak politely and with a muted class, using good words.
  • carrying a heavier object / luggage as a sign of respect for the other person.
  • a dictionary that is ethically correct to others.
  • equal treatment and equal treatment of all, regardless of gender, age, nationality, race.

Respect contains specific virtue respect . It includes understanding, tolerance, patience and compassion.

Empathizing with the other’s emotions and challenges against us is part of the emotional upbringing we provide at LuckyKids International Camp.

The family and the value system of children

Each child enters LuckyKids with their own value system, which is formed through and in the family.

Parents leave unforgettable traces in the minds of their children who absorb from them much more than words, vocabulary, actions. They imitate and actually begin to apply and measure with the same moral values ​​and values ​​ as their parents.

No one can deny the role of the family as every child’s first moral teacher . It is important that this system exists, even a basic one, so that we can build on it.

What we highly recommend to our parents, and to all parents, is this:

  • find time for your children every day.
  • for conversations about good and bad.
  • to share good deeds and praise.
  • to reward efforts for kindness, generosity, patience, courage, honesty, respect.

Have a little party every time your child acts as a responsible citizen of a world that wins every day with kindness, generosity and a smile!

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