We Choose Virtues: A Review & Giveaway


THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED WINNER HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED HERE

Today I’m SUPER, SUPER excited to share this post with you.
(Not just because there is a giveaway at the end)
But because I know you’re going to LOVE what I have to show you.

But first. Let me tell you a story.
It’s a story about a little boy.
A little boy who is bigger then two other little boys.
(I’m not naming any names here)

Well this little boy is a genius.
He is such a smart little boy.
He is WAY ahead in every subject,
He wants to know everything about anything,
He will talk non-stop for hours on end,
and his sense of adventure is unmatched.

However, this little boy is emotional.
and aren’t we all?

And this little boy has daily struggles.
He struggles with fairness,
He struggles with jealousy,
He struggles with honesty.
He whimpers and whines
at the thought of doing his chores,

And this little boy got lost at Walmart last week.
You can be sure that he was TOLD to follow.
But the boy just wandered off to the toy aisle instead.

This little boy is Five.
And the battle for his spirit is waging hard.
It is a long, hard, road to travel.
But it’s a fight that can be won.
One that is surely worth fighting for.

“Preach the word. Be ready to serve God in good times and bad. Correct people’s mistakes. Warn them. Cheer them up with words of hope. Be very patient as you do these things. Teach them carefully.” (2 Timothy 4:2 NIrV) -We Choose Virtues Teacher Memory Verse.

From Caterpillar…….to Butterfly!
We Choose Virtues is a character based education program
designed to help you build up biblical virtues in your child.

Using I am statements, simple catchphrases, and countering antonyms
We Choose Virtues takes children through 12 different biblical character traits.

Each virtue has it’s own catchphrases, bible verse, and corresponding activities.

The Teacher Cards are the “meat” of this program.
The front of the card is shown to the children, while
the back of the card provides you with everything you need
to teach the virtue.

Here is the Teacher Card for the virtue of Diligence:

I am statement:
“I am Diligent”

Catchphrase:
“I start fast, work hard and finish strong.”

I am NOT Statement:
“I am NOT slow to get started or lazy, and I don’t quit early!”

Virtue Verse:
All hard work pays off. But if all you do is talk, you will be poor.
Proverbs 14:23 NIrV

(Note: Be sure and get the “Faith” versions of
these cards for the scripture references)

On the back of the teacher cards:

Virtue Verse
Virtue Catchphrase ( I am….I am not….)
Bible Hero with Scripture Reference
Teaching Tip
Kids of VirtueVille Story
Virtue User Challenge
Fun Demonstrations
What to Say After I’m Sorry

These are large (8″x10″) and perfect for large classroom settings.
(There are smaller Homeschool versions of these too)

You can see how handy this is, These are ready to go right out of the box!
You really can just pick up a card and start teaching.

The Teacher Cards come on heavy cardstock with a slick surface.
I considered laminating them,
but they were so pretty I just decided to put them
into page protectors and that way I could store them
in a three-ring binder.

I’m totally loving that decision!

We Choose Virtues has a wide variety of products.
In fact, we were sent a Teacher Starter Kit
which not only came with the Teacher cards, but
also included Virtue Flashcards and a Virtue Poster as well.

The Virtue Flashcards are just as beautiful!
They are vibrant and engaging, and come with game play ideas.
The front of each card features the Virtue and Virtue Character,
and the back includes the catchphrase and bible verse.

The Virtue Poster contains each of the 12 virtues,
virtue characters, catchphrases, and bible verse.
It makes a fantastic reference chart that you can return to
through out the day….again and again as needed.

There are so many other products you can use alongside these Teaching Cards!
There are sticker charts, wall posters, checklists, self-review sheets,
and even a coloring book!

we choose virtues

In Fact, everyones a winner today because We Choose Virtues is giving
YOU a FREE downloadable Coloring book featuring the
children of VirtueVille!

But before you go snag that, write down this coupon code: BTS2011
That will save you 25% off any product until September 9th.

Oh, and while your busy clicking things go LIKE We Choose Virtues on Facebook
because they are very likeable…..and because someday out of the blue, you just might get facebook only coupons and freebies! This is also a great place to ask questions about the
different products to make sure you get the exact program you’re looking for!

And here are all my thoughts wrapped up in PRO’s and CON’s:

Pros:

  • I love the “I am” and “I am not” statements.
    Children are being taught that they have the power to choose their behavior,
    and even when it’s a reaction to another child’s behavior they are still responsible for that choice.
  • The VirtueVille Characters are unique, colorful, and memorable, helping children to really learn the catchphrases and corresponding bible verses.
  • I found the free character assessment to be helpful when trying to figure out the different areas that we needed to work on with each child.
    Not only keeping it organized, but we can look back later and see that we’re making progress.
  • There are so many different options to purchase. You can get just one product, or you can buy an entire kit.
  • There are also products for youth ages 12-18, if you are struggling with an older child.
  • Cons:

  • Before I realized the quality of these products, I was a bit concerned about the pricing. Once our kit came in the mail it was clear that the price was a direct reflection of the quality of these cards.I can’t stress enough about the vibrant colors, and even the feel of the cards. For example, on the flashcards you can actually “Feel” the lettering…it’s slightly raised. As an adict lover of all things “teacher” I totally appreciate these tiny details. As a Mom of four on a homeschool budget, I would make sure I had a good coupon first.
  • And really the only other CON I have is that I want more!
    Is it a CON to want more? I don’t know. These characters are super adorable, and modern!! And I’ll be patiently praying for little storybooks about each of them!
  • In Sum, I adore this program. We Choose Virtues is a quality based company with products you’re sure to use in your classroom or homeschool for a long time.
    And if you’re on a budget remember your coupon code: BTS2011 takes 25% off this week only. If you only bought one thing I’d recommend the Homeschool Teacher Cards, you can snag them for $26.25 with your discount.

    Now…are you ready for the Giveaway?

    We Choose Virtues is graciously offering a Teacher Starter Kit
    to one lucky winner here on The Crafty Classroom.!

    The Teacher Starter Kit is what we were sent to review,
    so if you’re the winner you’ll be getting:

    The Virtue Poster
    13 Teacher Cards
    12 Flash Cards and game ideas

    That is a $99 value!

    How to Enter:
    Because this is such a fantastic giveaway I’m giving you FIVE chances to enter!

    Mandatory Entry:
    1. Visit We Choose Virtues and tell me which product would be most helpful to you!

    Optional Entries:

    2. Tweet or Facebook about this giveaway using the following:
    Come back and leave me a comment telling me you did

    We Choose Virtues! Do You?
    Enter to win this Christian Character Curriculum

    http://bit.ly/mTvyqX

    @CraftyClassroom #homeschool #kidmin

    3. Tweet or Facebook about the Free Coloring Book Offer
    using:

    Free Christian Virtues Coloring Book
    from We Choose Virtues http://bit.ly/qrrMiS
    @CraftyClassroom #homeschool #kidmin

    4. Blog about this giveaway, linking to WeChooseVirtues.com and this giveaway.
    Come back and tell me you did.

    5. Leave a comment with a TIP for teaching Virtues to children.
    What has been something that has worked for you in the past?

    Giveaway Ends Friday 11:59 pm Pacific time.
    Winner will be drawn using Random.org, and announced
    on this post.

    Good Luck!!

    Disclaimer: I was provided this product free of charge, one to review and one to give away to my readers. Opinions expressed in this post are my own honest thoughts about the product.

     

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