Forgiveness, honesty, gentleness, and self control are all virtues that we want our children to display. While modeling the behavior is necessary, and a great start, sometimes it just isn't enough. One fun way to work on those important character traits is by using the wonderful resources from We Choose Virtues.
We Choose Virtue
We Choose Virtues was created by preschool teacher Heather McMillian. After seeing some undesirable character traits in her students, she decided that she wanted to help children change not only momentarily, but to change their attitude for the long run. Isn't that something we all want? She created a list of virtues and unforgettable catchphrases, and tried them out with both her preschool class and her own children. The changes were remarkable, and they can be with your kids too!
There are a lot of different products available from We Choose Virtues, and all revolve around teaching kids these 12 character traits.
- I am Diligent
- I am Kind
- I am Helpful
- I am Obedient
- I am Forgiving
- I am Perseverant
- I am Gentle
- I am Patient
- I am Self-Controlled
- I am Content
- I am Honest
- I am Attentive
Easy for Parents to Teach
The back bone to the program is the set of 13 Parenting Cards. The cards are bright, colorful, and packed full of information. On the front of each card you find the name of the virtue, a fun catchphrase, an example of the how not to act, and a Bible verse backing up the virtue. The cards are available in King James, NIV, or a secular version. The back of the card gives a story about the Virtue Kid, teaching ideas, and other extra helps.
The Parenting Cards can be used in any way you like. Start with a character trait that your kids are struggling with, use some of the teaching ideas, go over the Virtue Kid story and the catchphrase, read the Bible verse, and watch your kids change as they take these lessons to heart.
Easy for Kids to Learn
It takes less than 10 minutes a day. You spend one week on each virtue and then cycle back around. Keeping the card up where the children can see it throughout the week is a great reminder for them, and for the parents to model the virtue as well!
The Honesty card says, “I am a truth teller. I am not a liar, a thief or a cheater and I don’t change the truth to get my way!”
I think that is a wonderful definition for honesty. It goes so much deeper than just telling them they need to tell the truth.
If you are looking for a little more structure, there is a downloadable teacher guide available for only $5 that has numerous tips, tricks, and activities to help you teach the virtues to your children.
There are also coloring pages, reward charts, stickers, songs, and many other items available to help make learning virtuous character traits an extra special and memorable experience.
If you are looking for a way to teach your 3 to 12 year olds solid character traits, this may be what you have been looking for. I also recommend looking into the homeschool kit, it is well worth the money. Click here to visit We Choose Virtues.