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“Every negative character trait our children exhibit is just a positive character quality misused.” Marilyn Boyer
I’ve had some wise women tell me that the most important thing to focus on right now with my babes is teaching them character.
I wanted to hear these women and heed their advice, so the search began for some good character training materials. As if falling from the sky into my lap, Character Concepts for Preschoolers was brought to my attention by my friend Laura (she mentioned it on her blog). I looked it up, contacted the publishers, and asked if they would send me the curriculum for me to review (hey look, there’s the disclosure!). They said yes. :)
I’ve now been using Character Concepts for Preschoolers for the past couple months with my babes (preschool and kindergarten ages) and let me tell you, I think it is fantastic.
The curriculum goes through 12 units of character study (you spend everyday for three weeks on each, 36 lessons total):
For each character trait, you read a story from Crossroads for Character (a book that comes with the curriculum), read a bible story related to the concept, listen to a story on CD that takes an event in history that reflects the trait, and memorize definitions of the trait and scripture about the trait (by way of flashcards). In addition to laying the foundation of the character trait through the stories and definitions, the curriculum comes with a book, Hands-on-Character, that gives you practical ideas for how to apply and/or practice the trait.
Here’s the great thing, this curriculum is not just for preschoolers.
Yes, it comes with some ABC flashcards, and the stories, crafts, and application ideas are geared towards preschoolers, but you can use this study for multiple ages (I’m learning so much!). The definitions, scripture memory, family fun trip ideas, and the history lessons are applicable to everyone in the family.
For younger ones, stick to the curriculum, and for older ones, just adjust by adding in more advanced reading, writing, math, etc. I have found it works wonderfully for both my babes.
Oh, and as a side note, you don’t have to be a homeschooling parent to use this curriculum. If you’re looking for something to guide you in teaching character, this is a good fit all around.
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