While morals are particularly centred on personal beliefs and values, there are certainly some common morals that most people agree on and the society wants each of the member to inculcate the same. Example- Always speak the truth, keep your promises, do not cheat etc. Imbibing moral values in Kids is really important per say as they help children in lot of ways to deal with this life. Before discussing the need and how can this be developed, we have listed following moral values that your child should develop in themselves.
5 Moral Values for Children to Lead a Great Life
- Being truthful
- Establishing healthy relationships
- Respecting yourself and others
- Helping nature towards yourself and others
- Being non-judgemental
How are Moral values taught?
Traditionally moral values are taught in schools mostly through Story books with an intention to end story with a moral value and phrases and questions like ‘ Isse aapko kya shiksha mili?’, ‘what does this story teach you about’? We have ourselves been trained to catch up a moral after every story and poem. It is one of the ways through which we have been taught about moral values in schools. But, wonder if canreally help to teach moral values to our learners?
Can we really teach moral values, are they teachable?
Though always we have affirmed that ‘Teach your child the good manners, teach them moral values’ and emphasize how important and helpful it to be a moral person. Some people say that clearly, preaching is beneficial but not the only thing to do. Moral value is a journey in itself and regular preaching can be an effective strategy. However, many others believe that like any skill is developed and strengthen through practice, so can be a possible case with Moral values.
Now, let us go through some of the ways as to how we can inculcate moral values in our learners which are exclusively different from traditional ways of finding moral in books.
Looking out for more ways to help learners cultivate Moral values within themselves, here’s a list of few:
- 1. With sharing moral experiences with children, they look up to these and aim to create such experiences by themselves.
- 2. Make them listen and read bedtime stories, through this children are exposed to the moral values and its importance in our lives.
- 3. Help them practice their learning into application. With this, it is extremely important for the child to practice what they have been taught about moral values. When they apply it in lives, it is greatly a more worthwhile experience.
- 4. Acknowledge good behaviourwhich means not giving tangible items as rewards but share that you as teachers and parents have noticed and appreciate the child’s behaviour. It might be accompanied by tangible items as gift only sometimes if required.
- 5. Acknowledging their emotional needs. Another significant thing is that helping others, being good to themselves and being just is a very natural instinct of a human. And one can know that frustration in a way can be a possible reason for becoming immoral and unjust. Acknowledging the emotional needs of the children/even adults can help us know where is the bad behaviour coming from and we can act for it together as significant ones.
Teachers and even parents can try and research about Moral development and how children develop moral values to add to their knowledge. Kohlberg’s famous Moral Development theory that focuses on how children develop morality and moral reasoning is one essential parameter for Preschool and Elementary school teachers to develop their standards for moral values considering the students age and experiences.
Being aware of such theories and their implications help teachers to develop greater understanding of the learners and how they can imbibe in kids a zeal to become a human being with morals and integrity.Read more about the Top 10 preschool in Delhi