How to teach Civic Education to children: 3 powers available

How to teach Civic Education to children: 3 powers available

Since this year, Civic Education has been reintroduced as a teaching in schools.

A great challenge therefore presents itself for educators and teachers: in fact, it is not easy to tackle major issues such as morality, community, citizenship, rights and duties with the little ones. In reality, the first steps towards civic education are taken in the family, and as always, our role as parents is fundamental.

As explained by Dr. Tomba, doctor of psychological sciences and popularizer, "as parents we can help children to develop a real and deep attention, drive and interest in others, in collaboration and solidarity and in developing greater respect for the next, for the environment and for the community. All this, over time, can help them develop a profound civic sense and lay the foundations for the development of more complex values, linked to society and the world in which they will live. " But what are the main tools we have to actively contribute to the growth of the sentiments and moral values ​​of the future citizens of tomorrow?

In our daily educational action we have 3 powers available, which we often use unconsciously, but which are very powerful and effective:

  • POWER OF EXAMPLE: from the earliest stages of development, the little one learns by observing and imitating the behavior of us parents and those around him. Imitation is a form of learning that we use throughout our life. Neuroscience has shown that this natural ability that man has to imitate and learn from a model depends on classes of neurons specialized in precisely this procedure: the so-called "mirror neurons". It is important to set ourselves the goal of inspiring our children with a good example, because it is thanks to this that they will be able to grow up balanced, optimistic and empathetic towards people and the environment around them. For example, if we throw waste in compliance with separate collection, our children will also respect the environment around them. In the same way, if we are always polite and respectful towards our neighbor, our children will also be polite towards their classmates, teachers and all the people they meet.
  • POWER OF REINFORCEMENT: Reinforcement can be defined as a response to an event. If the answer is positive, we will tend to repeat the behavior that generated it more often. That's why we as parents can use this kind of power to help the child repeat positive behaviors. It is important to know how to give “differentiated reinforcements”, to help the little one understand that not all rules have the same importance. For example, if we teach our child that we should eat while sitting but then we don't get angry if he eats standing up, he will probably understand that this is not an important rule. If, on the other hand, the child beats a classmate and is energetically scolded, he will understand that he has made a mistake and that he has broken a strict rule.
  • POWER OF FAIRY TALES: fairy tales and tales are another important tool for transmitting and teaching children the values ​​of goodness of mind, kindness, respect for others, and again, going beyond appearances, the ability to overcome difficult situations and have a lot of willpower. They can be taken as a point of reference in the moral and relational development of the child and of his inner life and with others. With the tale of 'The Bremen Town Musicians' we will be able to teach our children the importance of teamwork, the inclusion of the weakest and the ability to solve problems; with the fairy tale 'The Emperor's New Clothes' we can instead transmit other values ​​of the good citizen, such as developing critical thinking, sincerity and knowing how to support one's reasons.
  • Changing the world starting from the hearts of children and accompanying them to take their first steps in civic education is the great mission of the new QUID + volume entitled From I to Us – children's hearts will change the world. Mission supported and shared by the life senator of the Italian Republic Liliana Segre who wrote the preface: "Stimulating, training, perfecting, enhancing the civic sense of children is a 'preventive measure', a universal vaccine against indifference ".

    Civic Education is learned at school, but primarily in the family: the school-family alliance is therefore essential since access to kindergarten extends what has been experienced in the family. In fact, it is at school that family values ​​are trained and expanded: the little one, through comparison with other children, learns to respect places, communicates, to share games, to respect shifts and timetables, to welcome diversity and to accept tastes, ideas and opinions different from his own. FIND OUT HERE.

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