One of the reasons why we choose to hoomeschool our kids is because we wanted them to grow up deeply rooted in the Word of God resulting to a life with character. But we all know that it doesn’t happen naturally. We need to be intentionally teaching them the virtues we want them to grow up with.
When I heard of We Choose Virtues from other homeschooling families, I wanted to try and see if it will help my family to focus on values and virtues. I was grateful when Ms. Heather McMillan, the creator of We Choose Virtues, sent me the Parenting Cards for our review. I was very much excited to try it with my family.
Along with the Parenting Cards, she also sent me downloadable PDF files which includes Butterfly Award Certificates, Kids of VirtueVille Coloring Book, Kids Memory Verses, Bible Heroes and Truths, Family Character Assessment and insturction manuals. The set of Parenting Cards contains 13 Parenting Cards which feature one virtue you can work on each day or each week. You can take 10 minutes a day or up to an hour. There are demonstrations on the back, teaching the kids “What to say after ‘I’m sorry’” and instructions on teaching each virtue. I read the instruction manuals so that I can have a better perspective how to use the Parenting Cards and the other files. We choose to answer the Family Character Assessment form first so we can know the current character state of our family. I asked the kids to answer in one sheet using different colors of pen so we can see where each person is currently at. We talked about it and then we chose one virtue we wanted to work on for the week.
We chose to work on being patient since everyone’s score was low in this virtue.
We discussed real life situations, read through the parenting cards and the kids colored their copies.
We worked on the memory verse for the rest of the week and we also created a chart where we will record when each one exhibited patience during the week.
The Parenting Cards is a useful tool for the family to have a focused discussion on a particular virtue. Each virtue shows a character with a name that the children can easily remember. It is best for families with younger children. I recommend this for families who want to focus on character development. The product is simple to use and doesn’t require too much preparation from the parents. You can choose which Bible version you wish to have whether King James or New International Version. Aside from the cards, you can include books, movies, journaling activities or other activities to further stress the virtue you are studying. Using this product also allows the family to become more intentional in developing good virtues within the family, simply inspiring character that lasts.
The Parenting Cards costs $34.99. You can visit https://www.facebook.com/wechoosevirtues or http://we-choose-virtues.myshopify.com/ for more information on the other products that you can purchase. Aside from the family or homeschool kits, there are products for the classroom too.
If you want to try the parenting cards, you can join the giveaway to win or if you wish to purchase the cards already, you can use this PROMO CODE: VIRTUE20 to get a 20% discount off your shopping cart. The giveaway is open internationally! Please make sure to complete ALL the mandatory entries to qualify. Giveaway is open from April 9 to April 14.