Looking for a great character building program you can implement at home? We Choose Virtues is a fun and simple way to start to teach your children about building character.
This spring while I attended the 2:1 conference I took a few minutes to myself and ran out to get a coffee at Starbucks (I know, shocker!!) I was just waiting in line to order my venti-caramel-sugar-filled-espresso-cup-of-goodness when I checked the 2:1 conference feed on Twitter. The first tweet I saw said something like:
“Find Heather at table 6 during breakfast to enter the We Choose Virtues giveaway”
Breakfast was NOW. I was 5 minutes away, “RUNNNNN Donna!!”
Ok, it probably wasn’t quite THAT dramatic but I had been hearing lots of good press about We Choose Virtues (WCV) for a few months and I knew it was something that I would LOVE to win to use in our homeschool.
So I ran, well I drove, back to the hotel and went to find Heather. I was able to sit down and talk to Heather. She took the time to explain the vision of WCV and how it works. I was impressed! After our chat I knew that We Choose Virtues could help us at home.
Virtue is responding with an attitude or action that does not immediately benefit us.
Virtue is doing something because it is the right thing to do.
Virtue actually goes beyond DOING the right thing. It is the having the right attitude behind the right action.
* from the We Choose Virtues Teacher’s Handbook
Teaching Children Obedience, Helpfulness and Kindness
Instead of completely going over all of the details of the product I wanted to talk more about what we love and how we have been using We Choose Virtues in our home.
The poster (shown above) lists all of the virtues, the catchphrases, and a small picture of the character for that virtue. The poster is the tool that I go to often throughout the day. If one of the children is misbehaving I’ll walk them over to the poster and we’ll discuss which virtue they need to practice.
The Teacher’s Virtue Cards – these are, in my opinion, the KEY to We Choose Virtues. They are not just “RULES cards” filled with a negative message. The card shares a positive message with the children, like, “I am Self Controlled”. The front of the card has the virtue, a catchphrase, a virtue character, and a bible verse. The back of the cards is great! There are a few “teachable moments” listed on the back for reference, there is a short introduction to the virtue character and a section called What to say after “I’m Sorry”.
The What to say after “I’m Sorry” section is great! Reminds you to teach your children the right way to apologize and ask for forgiveness. So often kids just say “I’m sorry” or “I was bad”. This section reminds us that children should learn to ask for forgiveness specifically. For example: “I’m sorry for being mean and rude” or “I’m sorry for being selfish and thinking only about myself. The correct way to ask for forgiveness is a great thing to learn at a young age!
I’m impressed with We Choose Virtues. I honestly don’t have any complaints and there are actually a few additional products that I plan on ordering to help us to use WCV even more. The tools that We Choose Virtues offer are so easy to use. I was able to jump right in and implement the tools in our home. The catchphrases we use almost naturally now. When the kids are having a hard time being patient I ask them, “how do we show patience” and they say, ” I wait and wait and wait with a smile” and Caleb always follows that up with a big adorable grin. “See I’m smiling mom!”
I hope you will love We Choose Virtues as much as we do.
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