Teaching children to read and write comes relatively natural to me, but teaching them have virtue is a lot of work. It’s ongoing, never-ending, and to be honest- it’s a constant battle against our earthly flesh. Nevertheless, as these precious babes waltz out of toddlerhood and preschool, the need for training in the area of their moral development becomes very apparent. No longer are they taking that toy simply because they are oblivious to the need of the other kid, they are now taking it just to be mean. Suddenly those sweet little tots turn into monsters who scream things like “I hate you” at their brother. Oh, and they do mean it.
When I first heard about We Choose Virtues, I was pretty excited at the thought. However, our schedule is rather full and I wondered how I would possibly fit one more thing in. The We Choose Virtues Family kit has been a perfect fit for us! We start a new virtue each week. It’s as simple as this one card. We read the card, act out the virtue using the suggestions on the back, and then make a notebook page of ways to apply the virtue. That’s it. It’s super simple, but has a lasting effect on our week. I set a timer on my phone everyday to remind me to look for the particular virtue that we are practicing that week. Then I praise where it is appropriate or makes suggestions for how to practice it.
Each card contains the virtue, a Bible verse, and a definition on the front. The back has a cute story, a challenge, and ways to teach the virtue. My kids look forward to the new card each week!
After we have introduced all of the cards, we also have flash cards to use for review games. The games are simple, fast, and a lot of fun. I love that We Choose Virtues is much more than a 12 week program. It’s a program that will easily integrate into daily life for years to come.
Below is a sample of one of our notebook pages…
Of course, teaching the virtue the first time isn’t the only goal. We want this to permeate our daily life. Since we all give into our selfish desires very easily, there are plenty of opportunities to practice. When there is trouble, I simply say something like, “I know you don’t want to act the way that you are acting right now. Let’s look at the chart and find a virtue that you want us to see in you.” It really doesn’t matter to me which one they pick. To be honest, any of them will be great practice. I have found that focusing the child off of the negative behavior and back onto the desired virtues is a beautiful thing!
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