Support resources for parents
Education is not confined to the classroom. Values are the foundation of everything we think, say and do in life. For example, if we think of the value of “honesty”, children learn that although it takes strength and courage to lead an honest life, it is the best policy and that dishonesty leads to conflict and unhappiness. If they can see that this holds true not just in their relationships at school but also at home, this will help them to practise the chosen value in all areas of their lives. EDUCATION IN HUMAN VALUES (EHV) does not operate in a vacuum and it is tremendously important that the message in the classroom is reinforced in family life.
We hope therefore that parents or carers of a child, who is involved in using the EDUCATION IN HUMAN VALUES (EHV) programme in school will find the time to support that child, in order to assist his or her understanding and absorption of the values being explored.
To deepen the learning process, from time to time teachers may ask the children to share with their parents or carers some simple values-themed tasks that will help to instil the significance and relevance of positive values in day-to-day life.
The tasks appear on slips in the form of “Home Learning” exercises, which can be given by the teacher to the child to take home throughout the year. Each exercise will focus on one particular value, which the child is currently exploring and studying at school and will show its relevance and practical application to everyday family life. This may involve having a discussion, which illustrates why a value is important, or a simple activity with which the child may be assisted. The exercises are designed to be practical, convenient and fun, not only for the child but also for the parents and carers. Those at home might even like to record digitally, the joint activity in the home environment or perhaps, to illustrate its wider relevance, in the wider community as well.
The parents or carers sign and date a slip after the exercise has been completed. Each slip is then returned to the school, so that the teacher is able to build on the child’s exploration, development, practice and assimilation of more and more values.