Enryo means reservation or restraint. Although traditionally seen as a way to show restraint , we re-define Enryo as not only self-awareness, but also caring and respecting those around you. We believe Enryo, or self-restraint is important because it shows consideration for others. 

This value works in tandem with sharing, we teach our children to share their toys and food with others, at the same time we also teach them restraint. Instead of taking all the snacks to eat themselves, we share our snacks so that our friends or siblings may have something to eat, too. This consideration for those around us, helps create strong leaders and community members. Through consideration and self-restraint, we learn how to care for others (our siblings, grandparents, etc.), and we learn how to think about those around us, and how our actions affect them. 

Enryo is an important value because whether we realize it or not, we use this value the most! We all practice Enryo, but we do not always recognize it. Understanding our values, is important for students to build their confidence, and be proud of their identity and community. 




Summer Camp

Daily Routines

Being able to identify enryo

Service Learning

Service Learning

Showing restraint and patience for the benefit of seniors


Daily use

AT Home

By recapping the many ways we absent-mindedly Enryo, your kids can see how common Enryo is for their daily lives. We Enryo when we:

  1. Can’t decide who takes the last piece of food
  2. Argue over who pays the bill at the end of an outing
  3. Limit the amount of freebies or gifts we take
  4. Fill our plate up with small amounts of food, and wait until everyone eats to get seconds
  5. Wait for everyone to get their food at a restaurant before we start to eat