Lower Lab Values Patience
Book of the Month for December 2017
The Classic Treasury of Aesop’s Fables
It is believed that the expression “patience is a virtue” began very far back to a poem written in the late 1300s. A virtue, quite similar to a value, is something good that creates more good. Being patient, or having the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems or suffering without becoming annoyed, angry or anxious, is definitely something we can value, something that is good. Patience has also been defined as the ability to continue doing something despite difficulties. This is not always easy for adults, and more often than not, it is not easy for children.
So, in our hectic, multi-tasking, high-tech, high-powered universe, how can we help children young and old, remember or perhaps even learn for the first time, the lost skill of patience? Fables! Fables can teach everyone about virtues, values and other very important life lessons.
Therefore, this month, everyone will enjoy Aesop’s Fable, The Tortoise and the Hare, as we access the memorable and valuable moral: SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE.
Although we will focus on the value Patience, the book Aesop’s Fables makes a great addition to our Lower Lab Values book collection, as we can continue to support our work on values by discovering other themes and life lessons in these short, classic anthropomorphic stories.
While some of the stories and morals may already be somewhat familiar, as a school we will benefit from using this classic literary genre to interpret, analyze and synthesize themes. In addition, we can discuss and even act out these mini-scenarios, besides the fun of seeing animals take on human characteristics, problems and solutions.
Some good discussion may be yielded from the following:
- Think of an activity that you rush through. Why do you rush? Would you benefit from taking your time with it? Why or why not?
- Can you think of a time when slow and steady won the race for you or someone else?
- If patience is a virtue, why is it sometimes so hard to be patient?
- How can you help others to be patient in a difficult situation?
- Why do you think Aesop used animals to represent humans?
- As 2017 ends, what is a “lesson” you learned this year? Can you write a moral for it?
- What is a moral you have for 2018? How will it make you a better person?
For older students:
- What is the difference between moral and morale? Are they connected?