EMBERS VIRTUE PROGRAM
Younger is Better
At Embers, we direct the whole life of our school toward forming the character of our students. The development of virtues is the total and everyday school experience. We carefully focus on every opportunity that arises, be it small or large, in order to build and reinforce good character, realizing that these earliest grades of school provide the most effective character development period in a young person's entire academic career. Children want to please teachers and other adults. They are strongly motivated by praise, and they are powerfully taught by example. A well-formed child can go into adolescence with the freedom to resist peer pressure and the media and respond to greater responsibilities.
OUR CHARACTER FORMATION METHODOLOGY
Our manner of forming children has four parts:
- Example: The most powerful force in the formation of children is the example of adults who surround them. For this reason, Embers Elementary School is a place where teachers and parents make a serious personal commitment to grow in human virtues. Our strugle to improve a little bit each day is the bedrock of the fomration of our children's and students' characters.
- Guided Practice: This simply means that we have an academic or behavioral expectation for a child, we show the child how to meet the expectation, and we help him/her along the way until the expectation is met. When this process is repeated, good habits - another name for virtues - are formed.
- Word or Explanation: This means talk to the children about responsibility or loyalty or any other virture. This method of instilling virtue grows in importance as children mature mentally.
- Imagination: This is the effort to communicate to our children's imaginations the virtues - and ideals related to those virtues - through the use of literature, music, and art.
CHARACTER EDUCATION AT EMBERS
- the entire school focuses on a particular general virtue; however
- each grade focuses on a different aspect of that general virtue
- teachers integrate the months virtue into the curriculum through discussion and classroom activities.
- Embers has an all-school Mass and the priest often ties the virtue of the month into his homilies.
- parents receive a weekly evaluation of their child's progress in the area of character formation.
- begins with opening prayers, the Pledge of Allegiance, and a character education story that reflects the virtue of the month
- daily religion classes in the Catholic faith further educate the child's mind, will and imagination
- when children need correction, they receive it in a way that is clear and direct, yet leaves their dignity intact
- ends with closing prayer and daily homework which fosters organization, self-control and responsibility
WHAT DOES THIS ADD UP TO?
At Embers we are convinced that in cooperation with parents, we can give each child:
- knowledge of objective standares of right and wrong
- positive ideals, and
- the actual possession of human virtues.
Our entire community - faculty, parents, and the Board of Trustees - is committed to this goal. The result is a unique and very positive environment for your child.