Value Words

Core Essentials combines the forces of a value and its definition and pairs it with a framework of easily-to-implement tools.  Using values that schools and parents can all agree on, we rotate 30 value words and definitions over a three year time span. Curriculum components are written each year so that the material for the rotating values are always new and relevant!  

Below are the value words and definitions for the 2012-2013 school year:

August 2012: The BIG 3

  • Treat Others Right
  • Make Smart Decisions
  • Maximize Your Potential

September 2012: Respect

Showing others they are important by what you say or do

Animal: Wolf

Color: Yellow

October 2012: Individuality

Discovering who you’re meant to be so you can make a difference

Animal:  Zebra

Color: Turquoise

November 2012: Cooperation 

Working together to do more than you can do alone

Animal: Ant

Color: Brown

December 2012: Compassion 

Caring enough to do something about someone else’s need

Animal: Orca-Whale

Color: Red

January 2013: Determination 

Deciding it’s worth it to finish what you’ve started

Animal: Penguin

Color: Black

February 2013: Peace 

Proving you care more about each other than winning an argument

Animal: Dove

Color: White

March 2013: Honesty 

Choosing to be truthful in whatever you say and do

Animal: Canadian Goose

Color: Light Green


April 2013:  Friendship

Spending time with someone you trust and enjoy

Animal: Dolphin

Color: Purple


May 2013:  Patience 

Waiting until later for what you want now

Animal: Spider

Color: Pink


2013-2014 Values, Definitions and Colors

AUGUST 2013:  

The BIG 3 Ideas

Obedience - Trusting those who lead you by doing what you’re asked to do

Animal: Horse

Color: Yellow 



Courage - Being brave enough to do what you should do even when you’re afraid 

Animal: Mongoose

Color: Silver  


OCTOBER 2013: 

Honor - Letting someone know you see how valuable they really are

Animal: Golden Retriever

Color: Gold 



Wisdom - Finding out what you should do and doing it. 

Animal: Crow

Color: Orange 



Joy - Finding a way to be happy, even when things don’t go your way 

Animal: Cardinal

Color: White 


JANUARY 2014: 

KnowledgeDiscovering something new so you can be better at whatever you do.

Animal: Owl

Color: Brown



Courtesy -- showing others respect by using good manners

Animal: Manatee

Color: Blue 


MARCH 2014: 

Forgiveness - deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn’t have to pay

Animal: Salamander

Color: Green 


APRIL 2014: 

Humility - putting others first by giving up what you think you deserve 

Animal: School of Herring

Color: Purple 


MAY 2014: 

Endurance–Sticking with what you started even when it gets tough.

Animal: Kangaroo

Color: Red

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