Author: Kimberley Jane Pryor
This straight forward book for kids, discusses and breaks down what integrity really means.
Starting with values, ‘which are the things you believe in’, kids are encouraged to understand that the word ‘values’ means, ideas that guide the way you think, speak and behave.
The key words are in bold, making it easier to connect with the key concepts.
Photographs of children acting out the scenarios help to role-model positive action and bring alive the reality of these core values in everyday life.
“Integrity is meaning what you say. It is making sure that your words and behaviour matches.”
Integrity is expanded to introduce ‘Courage’ to do what is right, share your opinions even if others disagree with them, being honest and not hiding how you are feeling.
Each page also has an example of a situation that children might be able to apply the concept to.
How can we best act with integrity within the family, with friends, with neighbours?
Showing integrity in the family may mean keeping a promise to play with a younger child even if it is something that you don’t enjoy that much.
Having integrity means admitting mistakes and apologising. Telling the truth, when lying might keep you out of trouble. Doing the right thing, even when the wrong thing might be quicker and easier.
People with integrity live by their values. What do you like and dislike? Personal integrity is choosing to do activities and wear clothes that you like, rather than following others just to fit in.
Some people stand up for what they believe in by marching to show they care about their neighbourhood or their environment.
Being tolerant and learning not to judge people before you get to know them are all aspects of living with integrity.
Listening to other people’s opinions shows respect. Encouraging a friend to do something they want to do, but that you might not like, supports them. You can still stay true to your own values.
Being a good friend shows integrity. Loyal friends do not gossip or say mean things to their friends or about their friends. A person with integrity will not steal or be talked into things by their friends that they know is not the right thing to do. Visiting unsuitable internet sites is given as an example.
This thought provoking book is great to encourage discussion and to work with issues that all children face. Developing a personal set of values and being supported to understand how to act on these is a healthy character building experience.
An excellent foundation for early learning about values and integrity.