Teaching Virtues in Lower Grammar School

Teaching virtues to students in grades K-3 can have a significant impact on their character development. At Ascent, virtue education is an important part of each student’s curriculum. All Ascent students are taught seven core virtues, which include courage, moderation, justice, responsibility, prudence, friendship, and wonder. Virtues are qualities individuals possess that enable them to act in ways that are morally right and just. When children learn virtues early on, they are more likely to make positive decisions and navigate through difficult situations with integrity.

One of the most effective ways to teach virtues in the classroom is through the practice of modeling. Teachers model virtues such as honesty, kindness, and respect by demonstrating these qualities in their interactions with students and other staff members. When students see their teachers living out these virtues, they are more likely to internalize them and emulate them in their own behavior.

Another way to teach virtues to lower grammar school students is through storytelling. Young children love stories, which can also be used as a powerful tool for teaching virtues such as perseverance, courage, and empathy. By reading stories that demonstrate these virtues, students can learn about the importance of these qualities and how they can be applied to their own lives.

In addition to modeling and storytelling, teachers can also use classroom activities and
discussions to teach virtues. For example, a classroom discussion about fairness can help
students understand the importance of treating one another with respect and equality. Similarly, an activity focused on teamwork can help students develop the skills of cooperation and collaboration.

It is important to note that teaching virtues is an ongoing process that requires consistency and
reinforcement. Teachers strive to integrate lessons on virtues into their daily routines and
curriculum throughout the school year for this very purpose. When students see that virtues are valued and celebrated in the classroom and in the school as a whole, they are more likely to embrace them as an integral part of their own character development.

Teaching virtues to students in Kindergarten through grade 3 is an important aspect of building
the correct habits of the mind, body, and soul in our students. By modeling, storytelling, and engaging in classroom activities focused on virtues, teachers help students develop the qualities that will serve them well throughout their lives. Through consistent reinforcement and celebration of virtues in the classroom, young students have the necessary resources to become confident, compassionate, and morally responsible individuals.

Shelley Holley
Department Head Lower Grammar School and First Grade Teacher