Thursday, August 21st, 2008
Eeboo Morality and Citizenship Flash Cards
My wife and I disagree about the following line of toddler products. Eeboo makes flash cards for teaching your child personal values. Take a look:
When a compact fluorescent bulb burns out…
Use natural light. Turn on lights only when necessary.
- Unplug chargers when not charging.
- Turn off the lights.
- Shop at farmer’s markets.
- Set the computer to "power-saver" mode.
- Don’t leave plastic on the beach.
- Recycle bottles and paper.
If you have a treat, and there are others around, what should you do?
Take small bites, and chew them well with a closed mouth!
What do you do when you meet someone?
Look at their eyes and give a firm handshake.
When someone sneezes, what do you say?
Say, "Bless you!" and say it again when they sneeze again! (They usually do.)
Other lessons (what to say):
- Nice to meet you!
- Thank you!
- May I please…?
- Can I help?
- I’m sorry.
- Excuse me?
If someone is running for an elevator…
Hold the elevator!
When someone seems left out…
Ask, "Do you want to play?"
- Use your words!
- Compliment good work
Read a positive review of Citizenship Cards at Doobleh-Vay.
My wife’s perspective is fairly simple. These cards are useful, reinforce your teachings and maybe present a few situations you haven’t encountered yet.
My harsh perspective is that if you’ve done your job as parent, these cards are redundant.
The vast majority of values get taught as you act by example in your everyday life. Case in point, my daughter knows we recycle because we save waste throughout the week and drive to the recycling center on the weekend. Lately, she enjoys going with me and treating the recycling dumpsters like basketball hoops. She’s a good shot. We also discuss packaging in the grocery store (opting for glass over plastic, etc.). And, she nags me whenever I use a paper towel instead of a cloth rag.
Don’t worry about the few cards that present new ideas. For example, will my daughter know to hold an elevator door for someone? There are perhaps 5 elevators in several hundred square miles of our home. But ya know what? We usually hold regular doors open for people, so I’m sure she understands the principle. At most, these cards would serve as a smug confirmation that I didn’t screw up.
These cards are intended for 3-year-olds and up. I think the learning of these ideas begins at a much younger age.
Also see previously: Brain Quest flash cards