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Bad moods and dark hearts, you will not win!
Not in this house.
If you get as frustrated as me with all the fighting, whining, and testing under your roof, then maybe these 3 tools for building better character in your kids will bolster your resolve.
I bought Get Wisdom! in January with a goal to read a chapter a week. I enjoyed the book’s emphasis on wisdom (over good behavior), but I couldn’t help but wish it was a little more robust.
As the months wore on, I knew I needed to add another tool to my arsenal with a little more visual appeal and creativity.
After seeing this curriculum over at Oh Amanda, I snatched it up. I bought the homeschool kit, but after going through the material I think purchasing the coloring book, parenting cards, and one or two of the posters would be sufficient for most families. I love several things about this material:
- It is the cutest thing I’ve seen.
- Each virtue is paired with a fun, easy-to-remember “personality.” For example, Oboe Joe shows you how to be obedient as he cheerfully follows the conductor’s lead when he plays his oboe. My twins are fascinated with each character’s story.
- Each virtue includes a catchy phrase for a definition, as well as an antonym to help children better grasp and apply each virtue.
I intended to use We Choose Virtues this summer, covering one virtue each week, but we’ve had such big battles with dark hearts recently I’m cracking open the material this week! (Seriously).
Despite the numerous resources the We Choose Virtues set includes, I was disappointed to discover it didn’t include a full lesson plan for each virtue. However, my dear friend Jessica of Jessica’s Jabber and Hive Resources contributor found this gem – Kids of Integrity. Produced by Focus on the Family Canada, Kids of Integrity is a goldmine of lesson plan activities.
I’m thankful to Jessica for finding it for several reasons:
- It’s FREE!
- Each character trait includes about a dozen short Bible studies starters (verses, discussion questions, and key thoughts).
- Each character trait includes great ideas for crafts, hands-on learning, creative discipline.
- Each character trait is saturated with Scripture (even if Scripture is treated a little topically). I still appreciate this aspect, simply because the We Choose Virtues utilizes the NIrV which I’m not crazy about. (Why? I think it makes memorizing actual translations a little harder as our kids grow).
So, here’s how I’m combining all these tools:
I printed out the great weekly planner from Kids of Integrity and set to work pulling resources, ideas, and games from each of these three resources.
This week we are covering our first virtue – obedience. Each day I will do a short Bible study, one activity to reinforce our study, and repeat a Scripture memory verse.
I don’t anticipate spending more than 20 minutes on it each day, but I am hopeful I can be more consistent than I have in the past. I’m excited to dig in and will keep you updated on our progress. Maybe I should get an accountability partner. Jess? Are you listening?
What are you doing to teach your children godly character? What biblical tools have you found to reinforce your efforts?
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