UPDATE: Thanks to everyone for entering. Congratulations to the winner, Rebecca K! Even if you didn’t win this time, consider adding We Choose Virtues to your family’s day. We’ve been very glad we did.
As some of you may have noticed in Our Curriculum Choices, we use We Choose Virtues as a part of our character building. We love these and have used them for several years. Homeschooler or not, We Choose Virtues is a great tool for character development with your kids.
I don’t know about you, but in our house I often find it easy to get caught up in the “must do” schoolwork, the extracurricular activities, and…well…you name it…and I find myself neglecting one of (in my opinion) the most important parts of raising my children – guiding them and influencing them in their character and faith.
A few years ago, in an effort to be more intentional not just in our homeschool but in our family life, I ordered the We Choose Virtues Parent Cards. What are these cards?
- The Parenting Card Set we purchased came with several cards, each with a different character building virtue:
- Each card has the following components:
- The “I am” phrase and definition – For example, “I am perseverant. I can do it even when it’s tough.”
- The “I am NOT” phrase – For example, “I am NOT…going to give up or complain, and I don’t say ‘I can’t’ or ‘it’s too hard.’”
- A corresponding Bible verse.
- The Kids of VirtueVille – These are cute, short little snippets that show an example of a kid from VirtueVille (like Penny Jenny) practicing the virtue of the week.
- Teachable moments. Each card offers several practical ways and activities for families to practice their virtue together. For example, they may play hide and seek or put a puzzle together to practice perseverance, etc.
- The Challenge. As a family, you’re challenged to put the virtue into practice, to encourage each other along the way, and to take responsibility and apologize when we fall short.
Here is how we implement these in our home:
- When I received the cards, I immediately laminated them, punched a hole in the corner, and put them on a ring to make them last longer and to keep them together easily. I’m a big fan of laminating, but that’s a subject for another day.
- We rotate through the cards, choosing (on average) one per week for our focus.
- Each morning, we spend just a few minutes exploring parts of the card. We used to do this at the breakfast table. Now we do it to start our school day. We like doing it in the morning to start our day off with a good focus, but really anytime you’re together as a family works. Again, homeschooler or not, it’s very easy to fit this into your day.
- When we first started using them, we primarily focused on memorizing the “I am” phrase and definition and the “I am NOT” phrase.
- The next time, we reviewed the “I am” and the “I am not” components, but that time we concentrated on memorizing the Bible verse along with the card.
So you see, each time you go through the cards, it’s a great review, and you can dive a little deeper into understanding and internalizing it.
The ultimate goal is for us all to put these virtues into practice, and this poster motivates us to do that in a tangible way. As a family (or a class if you’re using it that way), you work toward turning all of the caterpillars into butterflies.
If all family members successfully put into action the virtue of the day, we earn a butterfly sticker for one of the caterpillars. When we complete the entire chart, we reward ourselves with a prize (we prefer to reward ourselves with an experience as a family).
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