Living Values Education Activities for Children Ages 8–14, Book 1 and Book 2
Educators are invited to facilitate values activities to engage students in exploring and choosing their own personal values while developing intrapersonal and interpersonal skills to “live” those values. The updated and expanded Living Values Education Activities books offer a wide variety of activities to help young people build self-respect, critical thinking and emotional intelligence and co-create a culture of peace, caring and respect with their teachers and peers.
Living Values Education Activities for Children Ages 8–14, Book 1 and 2 contain goals and objectives, scripted values lessons and stories. Values are explained both in simple and abstract ways. Age-appropriate lessons include imagining exercises, reflection points, mind-mapping, discussion, role playing, relaxation/focusing exercises, movement and songs. Positive self-talk, conflict resolution skills, cooperative behaviour and developing green values are part of the focus. Learners are nurtured in making values their own through artistic activities, creative writing and skits.
Given the increasing negative influences young people are exposed and subjected to, these updated and expanded books also include activities to help young people understand influences and consequences, stay safe and increase their motivation and capacity to be a positive force for the good. A few of the areas addressed are dealing with bullying in assertive and proactive ways, reflecting on and creating their own guidelines for involvement in social media, learning how to encourage themselves in positive ways and manage their emotions, be safe from being entrapped, and develop a voice and positive social skills to create inclusion, kindness, fairness and respect.
The eight values units in Living Values Education Activities for Children Ages 8–14, Book 1 are Peace I, Respect I, Love and Caring, Tolerance, Honesty, Happiness, Responsibility, and Simplicity and Caring for our Earth and Her Oceans. It is designed to be used in the first year of implementing the Living Values Education Approach and in alternate years. The eight values units in Living Values Education Activities for Children Ages 8–14, Book 2 are Peace II, Respect II, Cooperation, Compassion, Humility, Another Value We Love, Freedom and Unity. It is designed to be used in the second year of implementation and in subsequent alternate years. The sixteen values units in the two updated and expanded Living Values Education Activities books include other related values such as kindness, fairness, determination, integrity, appreciation, diversity, gratitude, inclusion and social justice.
Living Values Education Activities for Children Ages 8–14, Book 1: 9 November 2018
8 ½” x 11” — 318 pages
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Upcoming Publication Date for Living Values Education Activities for Children Ages 8–14, Book 2: 2019
As we want everyone to be able to use the Updated and Expanded Living Values Education Activities for Children Ages 8–14, Book 1, we are making the introductory chapters and the values units available free of charge in small booklets.
Download FREE Stories used in Living Values Education Activities for Children Ages 8–14, Book 1
The creators of the Joy of Reading Project kindly gave permission to the Association for Living Values Education International for the posting of some of their stories on this website. The 11 stories below were chosen because of their relevance to a particular value. Each pdf file states the values unit in which the story is included; the name of the story and author are stated in the relevant lesson of the book.
Stories to use with Living Values Education Activities for Children Ages 8–14, Book 1
Permission to share these stories and make them available for free download was kindly given by the Joy for Learning Project.
Respect 8–10 . . . “A Christmas I’ll Never Forget” by Linda DeMers Hummel
Love 8–12 . . . “Enemy Pie” by Derek Munson
Love 8–14 . . . “The girl with a brave heart: A Tale from Tehran” by Rita Jahanforuz
Love 8–14 . . . “Chicken Sunday” by Patrica Polacco
Tolerance 8–10 . . . “One Green Apple” by Eve Bunting
Tolerance 8–11 . . . “The Royal Bee” by Frances and Ginger Park and Christopher Zhong‐Yuan Zhang
Tolerance 12–Young Adults . . . “Brothers in Hope — The story of the lost boys of Sudan” by Mary Williams
Happiness 8–14 . . . “The Boy Who Grew Flowers” by Jen Wojtowicz
Happiness 8–14 . . . “Can I catch it like a cold? coping with a parent’s depression” by Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Responsibility 8–14 . . . “Running Shoes” by Frederick Lipp
Responsibility 12–14 . . . “Rickshaw Girl” by Mitali Perkins
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