We Choose Virtues a Schoolhouse Crew Review

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Don't you wish there was some nice organized way with mini stories, games, and challenges help with teaching your child good manners? Or rather Godly character? I'm always looking for ways to incorporate teaching character skills to my daughter in every days activities. In the books we read and the situations we encounter. So I was really glad to be able to review Parenting Cards by  We Choose Virtues.

A group of us on a homeschool message board were just discussing ways to teach their children Godly character. How do we instill in these young minds the importance of certain behaviors?

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Parenting Cards!

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We Choose Virtues Parenting Cards were created by Heather McMillan. As a preschool teacher and children's pastor she was witness to the behaviors that take root when positive character traits are not instilled in children at a young age. So she created these easy to use cards to help teach children virtuous ways. I like to think of them as Godly Characteristics.

After testing them out in her own classrooms and even her own children she offers them for sale to parents like you and me that are looking for a structured way to train up a child.

These Parenting Cards came at a good time for our family.

The Parenting Virtue cards are designed to be used with children from early childhood to elementary school age children.

The Parenting Cards are meant to be used one card a week. We incorporated them into our morning homeschool and that felt like a nice comfortable pace to really dig deep into the character of the week.

The Parenting Cards come in a pack of 13 8.5 x 5.5 inch glossy card stock cards printed on the front and back (card 13 is the cover card).  They cost $38.49 and you can choose between King James Version, New International Version, or Spanish. (These different versions are for the scriptures attached to each virtue card.)

There is also an optional Download Bundle  that includes

  • How to Simply Inspire Character (4 pages)
  • Bible Resources for 12 Virtues (12 pages)
  • Bulletin Board Trim (1 page)
  • Butterfly Award (1 page)
  • Family Character Assessment (1 page)
  • Hat Matt and Kettle Gretel Iron-On (2 pages)
  • Kids of VirtueVille Coloring Pages (20 pages)
  • Copywork in Printscript (48 pages)
  • Copywork in Cursive (48 pages)

Using the Parenting Cards

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We started out by filling out the Family Character Assessment sheet (part of the downloads) to see where we were at…I need some work. This sheet is designed to evaluate where you at on each of the virtues and set goals for improving behavior so honesty matters here. Hmmmm hubby got all 9's and 10's. Sweet Peanut was really hard on herself in some areas but I agree they are areas she struggles with so this was good to see her own up to them and not mark herself as all perfect. There were a couple that she marked too hard on herself and that was a great to remind her all the ways in which she is wonderful and to not beat up on herself. I too was hard on myself in some areas but I know I struggle with them.

We start off each Monday's class with a Parenting Card. I read a new card and we go over the accompanying the scripture together. Then I turn it over, read the Kids of Virtueville tale and we talk about some things we're going to do during the week to get practice with our new virtue.

We've been on the hunt for a home for about a year and a half now and the Patience Virtue card was one our family REALLY needed to review.

On the front of each Virtue card (which is in full color) the virtue of the week is printed in bold words with a cute Virtueville  character to help you introduce the virtue.

These are the 13 Virtues

  • Diligent
  • Content
  • Helpful
  • Perseverant
  • Attentive
  • Honest
  • Kind
  • Patient
  • Self Control
  • Obedient
  • Forgiving
  • Gentle

 

A sentence in then introduce explaining what the character trait should be. For example – Kind: “I treat others the way I like to be treated.”

Then there is a sentence below that stating what the character should NOT be like. And following that a reference scripture in the King James Version. (example shows NIV version).

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On the backside of the Parenting Cards there is a mini story about a Virtueville kids. Sometimes they do the right thing and sometimes the wrong. And the question is asked, “Why is that….what do you think?” Then there is a family challenge to apply the virtue throughout the week, notes on how to apologize when your behavior is less than stellar, and teachable moments

 

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The Teacher's Handbook is 56 pages long and contains more tips for YOU! to use when teaching the virtues.  It contains helpful pointers on living what you are teaching and more activities you can use.

The coloring book is 16 pages with images of the Kids of Virtueville. There are also a couple of activities at the end. The Butterfly Awards are colorful and designed to award your child with showing a good virtue at the end of the week.

Are you looking to instill Godly character into your home life? Parenting Cards by  We Choose Virtues can be a great tool to help you guide your children into making good choices.

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