Living Values Education For Schools

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Teaching Values

The choices of young people are critically important, not only for their own happiness and well-being at this vulnerable time in their lives, but also for their future.  Living Values Education values activities are designed to motivate students, and to involve them in thinking about themselves, others, the world in relevant ways.

The Association for Living Values Education believes that:

  • Learning about values helps students develop respect for each and every person. Adopting and living by positive values reinforces awareness of human worth and promotes the well-being of individuals and society as a whole.

  • Each student does care about values and, when provided with the right opportunities, has the capacity to learn about, develop and express them and make socially-conscious choices.

  • Students thrive in a values-based atmosphere, a nurturing, safe environment of mutual respect and care.

In Living Values Education Activities for Children Ages 3–7, Ages 8–14, and Living Values Education Activities for Young Adults, reflective and imagining activities encourage students to access their own creativity and inner gifts. Communication activities teach students to implement positive, constructive social skills. Artistic activities, songs, and movement inspire students to express themselves while experiencing the value of focus. Game-like activities are thought provoking and fun; the discussion time that follows those activities helps students explore effects of different attitudes and behaviours. Other activities stimulate awareness of personal and social responsibility and, for older students, awareness of social justice. The development of self-esteem and tolerance continues throughout the exercises. Educators are encouraged to utilise their own rich heritage while integrating values into everyday activities and the curriculum.

Living Green Values Activities for Children and Young Adults — Living Values Education leaders around the world are concerned about our Earth and her ocean.  We would like to offer educators, parents and youth facilitators around the world these Living Green Values materials with the hope that the stories and activities will be useful to you in educating children and young adults, families and communities to internalize the importance of living sustainable lives and caring for our planet.

LVEP Educator Training Guide — This guide contains the content of sessions within regular Living Values Education Educator Workshops. Sessions include values awareness, creating a values-based atmosphere, and skills for creating such an atmosphere. Living Values Education's theoretical model and sample training agendas are included.

Living Values Parent Groups: A Facilitator Guide — This book offers both process and content for facilitators interested in conducting Living Values Parent Groups with parents and caregivers to further understanding and skills important in encouraging and positively developing values in children.

The first section describes content for an introductory session, and a six-step process for the exploration of each value. In this process, parents and caregivers reflect on their own values and how they "live" and teach those values.

The second section offers suggestions regarding values activities the parents can do in the group, and ideas for parents to explore at home. In the third section, common parenting concerns are addressed, as are particular skills to deal with those concerns. There is also a small section on the needs of children from ages 0 to 2.

 

​We hope you and the young people with whom you work enjoy Living Values Education.  Thank you for your dedication to nurturing and educating hearts as well as minds.