Character training? There are honestly so many great programs available, but what has stuck (literally, up on the wall) the longest for our family is not a curriculum or unit study; it’s simply a set of words we rehearse over and over again. It’s We Choose Virtues.
Our family has been using We Choose Virtues for almost three years now. It’s the simplest of anything I’ve ever tried to implement for character training. The program focuses on 12 virtues using vibrant character cards with stories and catchphrases.
Of the products we originally ordered (parenting cards, flashcards, and teacher handbook), we’ve used the parenting cards pictured above the most. Each parenting card has a colorful image with a catchphrase (e.g., “I am Self-Controlled. I make myself do the right thing.”) along with the negation of its opposite (“I am NOT…wild, rowdy, or disorderly…”) and a scripture reference. The flip side includes a story about the Kid of Virtueville pictured on the front (e.g., Stop Sign Madeline) along with teachable moments and activities to reinforce the character trait. The flashcards (shown below) include a list of ideas and games like “virtue charades” to reinforce the memorization of the virtue catchphrases.
It takes our family just a few minutes every day (or every other day) to use this program. We keep our current virtue-in-focus up on the wall so we can easily reference the card as needed. However, our children know all the catchphrases, so when we end up with a character issue in our home, I just remind them with a catchphrase, “I am self-controlled…” They usually finish the phrase automatically. (But, honestly, this provides accountability across our entire family. Sometimes I need them to remind me of the virtue that eludes me during my moments of frustration!)
Words are empowering and motivating. I love that this program so easily reminds us of how, with Christ, we can overcome evil with good, we can be content, we can be kind and gentle and forgiving toward one another. Instead of harping on the things we’re doing wrong, we’re reminding each other of what is right. We Choose Virtues helps us to teach character in our home in a relaxed manner.
Not only that, but this year as the director of our CC Community, I’ve been using these cards in our morning devotions during opening assembly. If you happen to make a purchase through the referral links on this post, shoot me an email and I’ll send you a copy of the short devotions that I’ve been using this semester (ummm…. as soon as I type them up!). 🙂
I have great news! The folks at We Choose Virtues have offered one set of We Choose Virtues Parenting Cards to give away to a reader of Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood!
THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED! The winner of the Parenting Card Set is Sara of Michigan. Congratulations, Sara!
The We Choose Virtues Parenting Card Set includes 12 virtue cards in either KJV or NIrV.
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Be sure to visit the We Choose Virtues Virtueville blog and the We Choose Virtues Facebook Page for lessons and ideas that correlate with the virtues. You can also take a look at this comparison chart for more details on what is included in each kit. We Choose Virtues also has a line of products for older pre-teens/teens. (I’ve been thinking the Virtue Clue Cards would make a great Christmas gift/stocking stuffer or reward for children in our Wednesday night kids class at church or within our community.)
For those making a purchase at We Choose Virtues, be sure to use one of the promo codes below for your purchase!
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A special thank you goes to the We Choose Virtues team for providing us with a great giveaway! We love We Choose Virtues!
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