E Is for EthicsHow to Talk to Kids About Morals, Values, and What Matters Most
26 Read Aloud Stories
By Ian James Corlett
A Guide for Parents, Teachers, and Librarians About the Book
How do children learn moral values? Using the chapters in this book as a tool, children can learn, with their parents, grandparents, teachers, or librarians as guides, to better understand the values and ethics presented. It is easy to assume that children know about morality, but these are learned behaviors, not inherent ones. Without guidance, study, and training in the understanding and use of these values, children will be left with no formal understanding. In this book each of the twenty-six chapters includes a simple story illustrating a particular value. There is also an interactive opportunity for each reader to determine the right action in that situation. There are additional questions with each value, encouraging further thinking and discernment by the reader. There are also quotes with each chapter, highlighting the value discussed.
The unique feature of this book is that it tackles many of the common values that have been part of our cultural morality. In the past these values were everywhere in a child’s life: They were reinforced through family, school, church, social groups, neighbors, and friends. Life today is not as homogenous in our s