Students at our academies participate in the Character Choices Program which was created to help students develop their personal character, become lifelong learners and transform into quality citizens within their communities.
Character Choices focuses on nine monthly traits, which are spoken about throughout the entire year. Each trait is assigned a focus month to allow the students more time to delve into the true meaning of the trait.
What makes our program so unique?
- Helps develop social and academic behaviors
- Includes academic lessons that correspond with the traits
- Covers nine different traits throughout the school year
- Promotes parent and community involvement
- Is adaptable for students of all ages
- Lessons are linked to Common Core Standards
What are the monthly character traits?
- September – Respect
- October – Responsibility
- November – Cooperation
- December – Compassion
- January – Good Judgment
- February – Integrity
- March – Perseverance
- April – Citizenship
- May – Courage
Students and teachers work together to practice each trait in writing, reading and through their actions. Teachers are able to build Character Choices lessons into their everyday lessons through various activities, books and demonstrations.
In our Montessori Schools, we also implement Peace Education as part of the Character Choices Program.
Purpose of the Montessori Peace Corner
The purpose of a Peace Corner is to create an inviting place for a child to find peace. In our Montessori classrooms, the space is used by individual students or multiple students working together to solve a conflict. It is exemplified as a safe haven where children can communicate to solve their conflicts through respect and patience with the use of the peace rose. The atmosphere is calming and consist of activities that help to create a sense of peace within the child.
The Peace Rose
The peace rose is used to help students independently solve conflicts with their peers within the Montessori classroom. The peace rose is accessible for the children and placed in the peace corner. Role modeling situations with students helps the children to more easily grasp the concept. Students should take turns stating their feelings and recognizing each other’s feelings. This process not only teaches the children to recognize feelings and have patience but it is the beginning to learning conflict resolution skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. In the beginning, teachers help to mediate conflicts It is not just an “I’m sorry” experience, it is about the process of handling conflict in a respective way.