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We Choose Virtues – Teaching Our Children Obedience, Helpfulness and Kindness.

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. 

We Choose Virtues

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! 

Children Obedience, Helpfulness and Kindness. We Choose Virtues Smaller Cards

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.

*This post includes affiliate links which help to support our family if you make a purchase using one of these links I earn a small percentage of your purchase.  Thanks so much! I was provided with a free set of We Choose Virtues cards to review. 

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  • Krista
    August 11, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I would love to win it! 🙂

  • Becky M
    August 11, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Right now, we only have the poster so we don’t use it as often as I would like.

  • Diana Schilz
    August 11, 2012 at 11:45 am

    This would be great to use with my two girls. Just the think I’ve been thinking about and looking for!

  • emily
    August 11, 2012 at 11:51 am

    We homeschool with the CM method. I’m always struggling to find ways to make character trait studies fun and keep their interest. This would be great!

  • Heather
    August 11, 2012 at 11:53 am

    I would implement it with our bible time. This would be a useful visual tool. My son learns so much easier when he can see something not just be told it.

  • Alexis Benton
    August 11, 2012 at 11:57 am

    This would be amazing to win and use with my two children!!

  • .ambre. @mytempleremodeling.com
    August 11, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I just got the poster and would love a second so we can have one in both of our main rooms for constant review! Thanks!

  • Priscilla Craddock
    August 11, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I have been looking at this system for months. I would love to win a copy!

  • Kala
    August 11, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I would love to have this as a part of my homeschool curriculum!

  • Michelle
    August 11, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    My little guy needs to learn virtues! I think the program would become an importnant part of our homeschool.

  • Kelly
    August 11, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    My son has autism and has a really hard time with these concepts, but is very visual and will do anything that is written, despite how many times I tell him. I think he would LOVE this and it would really make a difference in our home!

  • Lou-Ann
    August 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Love your review! I’m really interested in these and would love to win 🙂

  • jami
    August 11, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    I ordered the flash cards to see what they were like. I love them! I would love to add the parent cards, they look like a great addition!

  • Ginny B
    August 11, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I would incorporate this with homeschooling my preschooler.

  • Moriah Hamm
    August 11, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I have been looking for a product like this to use in our homeschool. I know my 6 year old and 3 year old would benefit.

  • Jessica
    August 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I would definitely use these with our homeschool Kindergarten this year…would love to win! Thanks!

  • Kendra
    August 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I love it! It seems to be more about the heart than just rules… and we’re all over that. I’m hoping to win 🙂

  • Julie C.
    August 11, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    I am slowly getting all of the parts and I just love the approach they use.

  • Jaime
    August 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    I would LOVE to win this to have a good visual to use with my 8 and 3 year old since it explains the correct ATTITUDE behind doing the right thing. Love it!

  • april
    August 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I would love to use We Choose Virtues with our morning bible time ..and throughout the day!

  • Shelly Hunter
    August 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I am going to be starting homeschooling in just a few weeks. I have 4 kids between the ages of 5 and 2, and we would LOVE to use We Choose Virtues daily in our homeschool calendar time, as well as just during normal every day life with 4 little ones needing to keep attitudes in check!
    Thanks!

  • Kathy M
    August 11, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    I’ve been looking for a good way to add character training to our homeschool curriculum & We Choose Virtues looks wonderful!

  • Jennifer
    August 11, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I am struggling to find a way to teach values and virtues and I think this would help me so much!

  • Sandi W
    August 11, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I would love to try this program.

    • Sandi W
      August 11, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      with my kiddos. I think it would help them remember things easier rather than me ‘preaching’ to them. 🙂

  • Shannon Alexander
    August 11, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    I would use it as part of our homeschool curriculum

  • Kristin Gideon
    August 11, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    I would loooove to use this with my almost 3 year old. I really think it would help ME when responding to him and it would give him something more concrete to understand. Love it!!

  • Jenny
    August 11, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    I would love to use this with my 8 year old daughter.

  • loveathomeschool
    August 11, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    I would use it as a daily lesson with my 9, 7, 6 and 3 yr old girls!

  • Tammy
    August 11, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    We are in need of these at our house!

  • Pei
    August 12, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Looking for something easy to implement for character training.

  • Kim Munson
    August 12, 2012 at 9:09 am

    This is awesome. While my daughter is rather young, it is never too late to begin planning!

  • Cherish
    August 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    This program sounds great! I would love to use it in our homeschool!

  • Juli
    August 12, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    This would be a great addition to our homeschool 🙂

  • zekesmom10
    August 12, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Some days, I think I need these resources more than the boys do! Thanks for the chance.

  • Ticia
    August 13, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I’m still figuring out how I’d do it……. Probably upstairs in our playroom and tie it in with Bible stories we’re studying.

  • Sage H.
    August 13, 2012 at 10:05 am

    I would use this during circle time in conjunction with our Bible study! I would love this!

  • Allison
    August 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    I have the poster and need more instruction about how to apply and teach the virtues one week at a time. My kids are elementary-middle school and I really need help teaching them (and me) before it’s too late.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Ule Logue
    August 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I would love to incorporate this as part of homeschooling every day! It would be great for my kiddos that may not always get along as well as they could!

  • cristiane bil
    August 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    i would love to try this!! sounds awsome!

  • Heather Brandt
    August 13, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I would use it with my children as well as the orphans from Lativa whom we plan on hosting over Christmas. It is so clear and easy to use and would be a good tool to help teach how to live in a family.

  • Melody Stroud
    August 13, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Ooooh! I’ve been wanting this for a while but just can’t swing it right now. I would LOVE to win this! Thanks for doing the prize!

  • Crystal
    August 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I’ve been looking at this for some time. We are in the process of trying to teach our 4 boys the proper manners/behaviors and this would be a great tool! Since we also homeschool, we would use this as a supplemental resource for character training. Thank you!

  • Laura
    August 13, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I would love to win this. What a great way to reinforce wwhat we are trying to instill in our children!

  • Cassandra Knipp
    August 13, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Our family would use this resource for our new-to-homeschooling boys…..because we are raising 3 Christian men who need to grow up to be leaders. 🙂

  • dena
    August 13, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    With 3 kiddos at home I would use this daily!

  • Beth
    August 13, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    I’d love to start using this with our young sons, so that we have an age appropriate way to reinforce what they here.

  • Mvad
    August 13, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    I would use it with my girls to start teaching virtues.

  • Jennifer D.
    August 13, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    I would use this as part of our morning routine.

  • Christian Cunard
    August 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    I have six sons and I would love to teach them proper morals and values. This set would be a wonderful asset to our curricuum. I have seen so many homeschoolers use it and talk about how great it is but its so expensive to purchase. I would love to win this for my family’s education.

  • Katherine Y
    August 13, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I would love to try this! I have heard so many good things about it.

  • Sara R
    August 13, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I’ve recently been reading so many good things about WCV that I would love to incorporate it into our daily routine. As we start our new school year I’m thinking that it would be a good first activity or something like that.

  • Bonnie
    August 13, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Thank you for offering this, hope to win!

  • Lisa Fisher
    August 13, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I have been entering EVERY giveaway I can find to win this set!! LOL I’m so completely sold on WCV, and I know that it would be a great thing for our family!

  • melissa
    August 13, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I love the idea of teaching kids to say more than I am sorry.

  • amanda wynant
    August 13, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    great giveaway. great program!!

  • Sarah
    August 13, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    We are just beginning our adventure in homeschooling and this would be GREAT to work into our days.

  • Christina Long
    August 14, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I would love to win this for my family!

  • Lisa K
    August 16, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    This is a wonderful resource!

  • Pam Blair
    August 16, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Oh- This looks so cool! I’d LOVE to win this, as the family budget doesn’t allow for me to purchase it yet! Exactly what my kiddos need! And- looks so fun and easy to implement!