November 2021 Core Virtues News


As we approach our national holiday of Thanksgiving, the Core Virtues program celebrates the virtues of gratitude, stewardship, and wonder. Cultivating these key traits contributes to our children's health and happiness, and to our shared future. In November, the morning gathering can also become an opportunity for students to reflect on what they are thankful for.

Psychologists tell us that those adults who live with an attitude of gratitude experience greater physical well-being, less stress, diminished incidence of depression, and higher sense of self-worth. We think this little volume of essays, Words of Gratitude (Templeton Press, 2020) compiled by Robert Emmons and Joanna Hill, will inspire teachers and parents.  Also see psychologist Robert Emmons excellent overview of "Why Gratitude is Good".


​November Hero

Botanist, horticulturalist, and professor of agricultural science, George Washington Carver broke many barriers in his life time. But he considered his greatest contribution to be his partnership with nature. We feature him for his stewardship. Born into slavery, Carver went on to conduct "ground-breaking" work in soil restoration and he became known as "Father of the Peanut Industry." He developed more than 300 uses for the crop that is so vital to the south. An exemplar of stewardship, Carver is also renowned for his love of learning, eagerness to help, and humility.  We feature several excellent children's biographies of his life and work this month.

What's New?


Classic Children's Literature Collection

If you are looking for a holiday gift for the children, parents, or teachers in your lives, consider this excellent collection of quality children's literature, bundled and made available by Hillsdale College. It features many works that we showcase on our website, but gathered into one discounted $99 collection.  They are: The Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh, A Beatrix Potter Treasury, Treasure Island, Aesop's Fables, Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Wind in the Willows, and Favorite Fairy Tales: 27 Stories by the Brothers Grimm, Andersen, Perrault and Others

Telling Our Stories

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday and we need it.  Gratitude connects us.

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