Virtues Program Enhances Ebenezer Child Care Centers’ Curriculum

Did you know that all of the Ebenezer Child Care Centers locations throughout Greater Milwaukee have a special Virtues Program as part of their early childhood curriculum? It is geared toward teaching children about compassion, respect and honesty as well as how to be courteous and orderly.

According to Beverly Anderson, Executive D irector for Ebenezer Child Care Centers, “The program, which is called Virtues from the Heart, is a unique virtue- and character-building curriculum that is incorporated into our daily lesson plans and interactions with our children. It is based on 5 basic strategies that guide us daily. Speaking the language of virtues, recognizing teachable moments, establishing personal boundaries, honoring the beauty of life and getting straight to the heart.”

For the month of May we have been working on 3 virtues with the children. They are as follows:

Friendliness: Friendliness is being a good friend, through good times and bad. You take an interest in other people and make them feel welcome. You share your belongings, your time and yourself. Friendliness is the best cure for loneliness.

Forgiveness: Being forgiving is giving someone another chance after they have done something wrong. Everyone makes mistakes. Instead of revenge, make amends. Forgive yourself too. Instead of feeling hopeless after a mistake, decide to act differently and have faith that you can change.

Purposefulness: Being purposeful is having a clear focus. Begin with a vision for what you want to accomplish, and concentrate on your goals. Do one thing at a time, without scattering your energies. Some people let things happen. When you are purposeful, you make things happen.