Sunday, January 22, 2012

TOS Review: We Choose Virtues

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.~Philippians 4:8.

Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.~2 Peter 1:2-11.

An important--vital, even--part of our homeschooling is character training, spiritual training. This year I have been feeling a real sense of urgency to spend more time focusing on these things, instead of just pushing academics so much.

I was very pleased to see our name on the list to receive items from We Choose Virtues!

From the website:

Why Choose Virtues
Let's be honest, instilling virtues in kids is hard work. But can it be fun too? We think so. In fact, there's no better way to learn. So We Choose Virtues brings memorable catchphrases, endearing characters, and just plain fun to simply inspire character that lasts. It's the best choice you can make for the kids in your life.

We received these colorful Virtue Clues cards, which are not much bigger than business cards, in a handy, sturdy envelope/pouch... small enough to carry with you, where ever you may go. They're especially handy to pull out and peruse while in the waiting room at therapy! They feature The Virtue Kids, their names, the Virtue catchphrase and antonyms, and on the back a "You can do it" challenge!

One of the first things I did was have each of the kids (including Teen Girl) fill out the Family Character Assessment for themselves. For the most part, Teen Girl and Botanist Boy have fairly accurate perceptions of themselves; Little Bit, not so much! ;-) (and we won't even mention Mom's assessment! ;-) ...because, yes, I filled one out for myself; hubby and the 20 yo are barely home long enough to eat and sleep, much less anything else! ;-) ).

Then we began focusing on one virtue a week, beginning with the one on which the majority of us need to work.

The 12 virtues covered:
  •     Attentive
  •     Content
  •     Diligent
  •     Forgiving
  •     Gentle
  •     Helpful
  •     Honest
  •     Kind
  •     Obedient
  •     Patient
  •     Perseverant
  •     Self-Controlled
I like how it focuses on these virtues in a positive way, working toward our children being able to say: I am Diligent, I am Kind, I am Helpful, I am Obedient, I am Forgiving, I am Perseverant, I am Gentle, I am Patient, I am Self-Controlled, I am Content, I am Honest, and I am Attentive.

I think Little Bit's favorite part is the coloring book. He was especially excited to find a word search at the end! He adores word searches!

Most of the items we received are geared for early childhood through elementary age (ages 3-11), so especially attracted Little Bit. Now, Botanist Boy is kind of "borderline," and didn't care too much for the coloring book. 

They also have a Youth Set, which is specifically for grades 6-12, and designed for use one-on-one with a mentor. I think I may have to invest in some of those products for Teen Girl and Botanist Boy!

Virtue Clues cards, $5.99; Teacher's Handbook, download version, $4.99; Kids of VirtueVille Coloring Book, $3.00, download; Family Character Assessment, free download; and Kids Memory Verses, Bible Heroes & Truths, free download.

Contact Information:



We Choose Virtues
P O Box 648
Harrisburg, OR 97446



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