Every month our school will focus on one virtue and the many aspects in which it is modeled. Teachers and staff are working very hard to model good citizenship every day, but honing in on one particular virtue for our school-wide study helps students to solidify what a specific concept means in their daily lives.
The virtue for September is friendliness. We chose this as our first virtue of focus because our students are meeting many new friends, and reacquainting themselves with others after the long summer. Our staff, teachers and parents are all getting to know one another and now is the time to reach out and make new connections. Cultivating an atmosphere of friendship and compassion helps to ease the stress caused by these transitional moments.
We define friendliness as something more than just a smile (though those are always welcome). At Alpine Montessori, friendliness is taking an interest in the well-being of those around us. We model friendliness every time we share something of ourselves with others, whether it is time or a bite to eat. The virtue of friendliness is a forgiving one, we know that everyone has bad days and we stand by our friends through their storms.
Take some time to reflect on how you model friendliness in your life. Discuss the importance of acting with friendliness towards friends and strangers. Share with your child how this virtue impacts your everyday interactions and can affect your mood. When you see someone performing a friendly act, such as holding the door open for another or picking up an item someone has dropped, point it out to your child. In drawing attention to the positive action of others, you show your child that these traits are desirable and appreciated.