Don’t we all want to feel like we are valuable? Life is filled with challenges and learning, and sometimes we might not feel quite “good enough.” Your young child is learning so many new things at this age, building a storehouse of skills and abilities that will last a lifetime. Each one of those skills helps your child become a valuable contributor to the caring community of school and home.
In this Unit, your child is exploring what it means to feel valuable and valued. She is learning the importance of acceptance and empathy for herself and for others. He is seeing how simple actions he takes to help others can actually help him feel included and better too!
Enjoy the topic together. Remember, WE ALL ARE VALUABLE.
Sending Smiles, Uncle Jim and Prof. Ellen
Important Ideas about the IM4U Principle, WE ALL ARE VALUABLE:
- Strong communities value each person. When we feel acceptance and that what we have to offer matters, we feel empowered and encouraged to value others, regardless of our differences.
- There are many ways in which we are all valuable. Our ideas, words, and actions can have ripple effects that we cannot measure.
- A key belief that can erode community is the idea that any of us are not valuable. When we feel that what we have to offer matters, we feel empowered to carefully use appropriate speech and actions with others.
- While caring is a way to show others they are valuable, caring for others is not always innate, especially in children. Can we teach a child to care? The IM4U answer is a resounding, “Yes!” They can learn that their simple presence can influence what others feel, do, or say.
Each of the IM4U units also connect to important social emotional learning concepts. The social emotional concepts that are at the heart of this unit are empathy and acceptance. Your child will be participating in discussions and activities as well as learning and practicing skills that develop empathy and acceptance.