I ran across this quote by Aristotle today.
The habits we form from childhood make no small difference, but rather they make all the difference.
It brought to mind another quote that reinforces Aristotle's stance.
Train up a child a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 KJV
These wise words remind us of the huge responsibility we have as early childhood teachers and as parents. Because we are establishing the foundation of children's futures, we need to regularly take stock of the habits and values we are ingraining in them through our words as well as our deeds. Much of what children pick up is caught, not taught. Here are some of the habits I try to reinforce with my second graders.
1. Common courtesy and kindness
2. Organization of their materials
3. Memory strategies
4. Listening with the whole body
5. Prompt obedience
6. Joy in learning
7. Rising to challenges
8. Delight in achieving