Christian Character CurriculumValerie Mcclintick
(Said NO Mom EVER!!)
Parenting is likely the hardest JOB you or I will ever have.
It’s truly NONSTOP.
Which means it really NEVER Stops.
Like Never Ever Ever Never Stops.
Sometimes it slows down for a while…
A short while…
Just enough for you to catch your breath and lick your wounds,
but then it’s right back up again
Pedal to the Metal, one-hundred and ten percent effort on two hours of sleep!
And it’s not all about potty training, vegetable eating or learning to read.
Parenting is mostly about training children to have good character
Obviously, this happens mostly by setting a good example in your home.
However, a solid identity and self-awareness can also be achieved through purposeful, and thought-provoking study.
i.e…Children who can identify character qualities (or lack thereof) in others can certainly take time for introspection and self-analysis.
And really, there is something to be said about learning character qualities beforehand.
Am I right?
And by beforehand I mean BEFORE said child is screaming in your ear, reaching for that toy or hitting the poor cat.
As problems arise, we can certainly use each opportunity to correct and train…but when emotions are high, and adrenaline is running, cognition and higher thought is not so much….
Isn’t it far better to start building character vocabulary and understanding while your child is calm and able to “risk” their heart of hearts in a safer and less challenging….maybe even FUN environment?
Why YES, there is…
I’m so glad you asked
We Choose Virtues is a character building program designed to fill such a need.
Fun, tangible ways to learn good character that lasts.
Youth Virtue Cards are designed for tweens and teens ages 10-16.
For each character quality there is a simple catchphrase:
I am Diligent.
I start fast, work hard and finish strong.
As well as character antonyms:
I am not slow to get started, lazy or disinterested and I don’t procrastinate or quit early.
On the Faith Based versions there is also a corresponding Bible verse for children to learn.
The back of each character card includes five key areas to continue learning about the virtue:
- Define The character quality is defined and children are prompted with activities to learn more about this specific virtue. Example: Find a quote about this virtue, Research a famous person who had this virtue.
- Discern Children are asked to think about specific situations in which this virtue can be used. Example: Describe a time when someone with dilligence blessed you.
- Dream Children are asked to think ahead to see how this virtue can help them in the future. Example: Can being dilligent help you overcome an obstacle?
- Detect Self Analysis questions are given for children to answer to see how diligent they are and where they can improve. Example: Do you work hard when no one is watching?
- Do A call to action for children to apply this virtue right away! Example: How, When and Why will you be diligent today?
With We Choose Virtues, everything is top quality.
They cards are full color, high gloss and printed on thick/sturdy cardstock to ensure they will last through the years.
I keep mine in page protectors in a three ring binder for easy access.
The Virtue Cards are perfect for a variety of settings and We Choose Virtues offers many different options available to suit your specific needs:
We have even used the Virtue Cards during our American Heritage Girls meetings. With all of the discussion questions on the back, it makes for simple planning with very little prep-work. Our Troop Shepherd can easily hold the card for children to view while she asks the questions written on the back.
Co-Op and Group Teaching Tips:
- Provide children with small blank journals or the Youth Virtue Journals to write in answers to the questions and to keep track of their weekly virtue goals.
- To break the ice, bring small snacks or incentives for children who answer questions.
- Split children in to smaller discussion groups to talk over the ideas on the back.
- Use the tasks on the back to assign children something to do before the next group meeting.
How to use this tool:
- A parent can facilitate this program, or a student can work through the program independently. There are instructions for each scenario.
- With only seconds of prep time, and only 10 minutes of discussing Virtues each day, you will be surprised how fast your students will learn to choose and use Virtue!
- Simply choose one card to work on each week. The order you teach them in is flexible.
- When you have finished with each card, start over again. Each time students go through the questions, they will be at a new place in their life, so you can go through them often, a few each day.
- 12 full color, printed, 8.5×11 glossy cards
- 2 11″x17″ posters
- 10 Youth Virtue Journal page styles and instructions (PDF)
- Youth Character Assessment (PDF)
- Youth Virtue Handbook (PDF)
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