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We Choose Virtues Character Building Tools ~ Review

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We Choose Virtues

As parents we all realize the magnitude of a job that we have to instill values in our children. I am often overwhelmed thinking of the many things that there are to cover and appreciate the wisdom and insight that parents who have ‘been there and done that’ offer to me.

My biggest struggle? Being positive ~ instead of approaching discipline or other issues from a negative aspect. When we received some of the We Choose Virtues program to use with our kids, I was immediately drawn to the colorful characters and the positive approach to character building that is the core of the program. Not only has it been a great for our kids, it is a constant encouragement and reminder to me as well!

The We Choose Virtues program is a character-based education program that provides you tools to help build Biblical virtues and character traits in your children. It covers the following character traits, all starting with the phrase “I am” ~ …Attentive, Content, Diligent, Forgiving, Gentle, Helpful, Honest, Kind, Obedient, Patient, Perseverant, and Self-Controlled.

My FAVORITE Part of We Choose Virtues

My favorite part of the program are the full-color Teacher’s Virtue Cards {$34.99}. There are 12 full-color cards {8 1/2” x 5 1/2”} that feature one of the Virtue Kids along with the virtue/character trait that they represent. Everything your child needs is on the front of the card and everything the teacher needs is on the back of the card.

Virtue Card Front

Each card provides a visual from the story help trigger kid’s memories when they see the characters. On the above card you see Cake Jake ~ he wants MORE choices than the 20 cake flavors in the bakery and needs to get his ‘wanter’ under control!

The front of the card shows the short “I am” catchphrase with the and the go-along antonym {I am NOT}. Along the bottom of the card is a tie-in Scripture verse {NIrV} that you can learn together during the week.  The trigger picture {above you see Cake Jake} also starts with the same letter as the virtue that child represents ~ content/cake.

Teacher Card Back

The back of the Teacher’s Virtue Cards go into more detail for teaching. Each card includes:

  • teachable moment ideas
  • a challenge for the day {or week}
  • what would be appropriate to say if you are wrong in the situation
  • a short story about the Virtue Kid

The Kids Virtue Poster {$14.99} is a great daily reminder, or a snapshot, of all of the virtues represented in the program. It shows a small picture of the Virtue kid, the catchphrase for the virtue and the antonyms to go along. The poster is 11” x 17” in size and would fit on the front of your refrigerator or in a smaller space.

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How We’re Using We Choose Virtues

Over the last few weeks since receiving the We Choose Virtues Teacher’s Virtue Cards and Kids Virtue Poster, we have been talking about one virtue a week, and adding a new virtue each week as we review the past ones. We’ve incorporated it as part of our morning calendar time.

We Choose Virtues

I cut a page protector in half and added it onto our board so that I can slide in the weekly virtue for the kid’s to see and review. At the beginning of the week we talk in detail about the virtue and throughout the week we do some fun activities to go along with it.

Next to our morning board, I hung the Kids Virtue Poster so that we can review the virtues that we’ve already studied. It is a great way to see all the virtues at a glance.

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There are quite a few different package options for purchasing the We Choose Virtues program, including sets for classroom and home use. We are using the Teacher’s Virtue Cards and the Kids Virtue Poster and I’m really happy with them. The only other thing that I might add to it is the pdf Virtue Kids Coloring book, since our kids enjoying coloring and it would be fun to add it to our ‘learning’ time.

The catch phrases are definitely sticking with the kids and I can hear them reminding themselves {and others} of the different virtues we have talked about ~ but in an encouraging and helpful way because of the “I am” starts to all of the traits. This has been a great addition to our day and we are excited to continue using it with our family.

 

I received the Teacher’s Virtue Cards and poster to review in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts and opinions in this post are mine. I do not have to return the products and was not paid for this post. Also linked to Hip Homeschool Moms giveaway post!

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Comments

  1. Silvia Alexandra Hudson says

    I need patience:)

  2. A box didn’t pop up for me for the first question, so I hope I can leave it here.  I am patient is what I need to work on!

    • when you clicked on the ‘i did this’ was there a place for you to fill in your name and email? also a spot for ‘extra info’ right under that?

  3. Stacey Wieland Pelchat says

    I “Liked” We Choose Virtues on FB.  THanks for the give away!

  4. Stacey Wieland Pelchat says

    When I click on the “I did this” for FB it says I need to enter the mandatory entries.  I am not sure what I am supposed to do.  Thank you!

    • you need to enter the first option and tell me which virtue you need most. after you do that, it will unlock all of the other entries. :)

    • Stacey ~

      Be sure to click the green ‘I did this’ and enter via the widget ~ those are the entries that the name will be drawn from. :)

  5. I need some patience and self control.

  6. No box popped up but the one I’d like worked on is self-control

  7. Aimee Roller Jongejan says

    I have been debating whether or not to add this to our homeschool and your review helped me to decide to go ahead and get it – thanks!

  8. I need patience

  9. I subscribe via RSS

  10. Self-control for me and the kids!

  11. Patience. Definitely patience.

  12. Gitasuchland says

    I like honest for my kids and patience for me.

  13. I am Content sounds like something everyone could work on.

  14. Definitely patience is the virtue to work on over here:)

  15. Diligence! Patience is coming along pretty steadily… but diligence could use some work :)

  16. Contentment – most of us seem to always want a little more rather than be happy with what we do have in our lives. 

  17. For me it is being gentle with my words sometimes…

  18. I need patience!!!

  19. Molly Jung says

    I definitely need patience.  :(

  20. Chelsea Farnsworth says

    I don’t see a widget =/ 

  21. Box didn’t pop up for me either – Virtue we need is I am Content!

  22. Christine Amador says

    excited to win this!

  23. Melissa Holstrom says

    I need the virtue patience the most :) 

  24. Melissa Holstrom says

    I need the virtue patience 

  25. I could use help with more patience and my children could use help with self-control.

  26. Jenngreene says

    My virtue needed is self-control :(

  27. AnnMarie Kolb says

    I think my family need patience and contentment.  As the giving season is creeping on us, I hear a lot of I WANTs instead of I AM GIVING…

  28. Justducky245 says

    We all need patience, although self-control is a close second. 

  29. I need contentment!

  30. ASliceofHomeschoolPie says

    Virtue – I am gentle.

  31. Sara @ Embracing Destiny says

    I need to work on patience.

  32. Amy Russell says

    I need more gentleness…even though I am a gentle person, right now, this is what I need more of.   :)
    amy@ sweetperipety.blogspot.com

  33. Amy Russell says

    I Liked on facebook and subbed, too!!!
    amycthphoto@gmail.com

  34. Hi. New here :-). I love your morning calander. Can you talk about it? What are the different features and how you made it (especially the dates at the bottom). Sorry if you already talked about it..

  35. No pop up box for me either….I  need patience and gentleness.

  36. We need patience here.

  37. I need to develop more perseverance.

  38. it says I already entered the what virtue do I need most, but I don’t remember doing it. I looked at a previous post, but didn’t get a chance to enter.

    I need to work on “I am self controlled” for a lot of reasons. :)

  39. Lantytracey says

    Mine would be the “BE KIND” virtue card!

  40. Kathy McAndrew Scuotto says

    Same as someone mentioned below,  box didnt pop up but I need to be Diligent!

  41. Contentment! Especially at this time of year :)

  42. We need “content”. :)
    inocencioteacher at gmail dot com

  43. I could use a little more of all of the virtues! I’m sure my children would say I need more patience.

  44. Davenmichelle says

    I definitely need more patience!

  45. Kailenohealani says

    “I am Patient”

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