We Choose Virtues Arrives
As we were preparing for the start of our school year, we received a couple of packages in the mail from We Choose Virtues. As I opened them and pulled out the Three Rules Poster, 100 Days of Virtue Chart (with Butterfly Stickers), faith-based Parenting Cards, and Virtue Clue Cards, the girls were ecstatic. They weren’t sure exactly what we were going to be doing, but the colorful materials and cute pictures had already captured their hearts and imaginations.
Our School Year Begins . . . with We Choose Virtues
It has been on my heart for a long time to be more intentional in my parenting in certain areas, and character development is one of the areas where I wanted to do something more structured. For that reason, I was excited to start using We Choose Virtues this school year as part of our homeschool curriculum. I displayed the posters in our school room, chose a virtue, and we started!
The products cover twelve virtues, each clearly explained on the Parenting Cards with a story, the catch phrase, and a Scripture. (There are also products available without the Scripture verses.) I have rehearsed the three rules with the girls: Obey, Be Kind, Be a Helper. They really do cover it all, and I have referred to them much more than I thought I would. (I wish I’d had that poster when I was a classroom teacher.)
How We Choose Virtues Has Changed Our Home—and Homeschool
There’s really no way for me to separate the effects using We Choose Virtues has had on our home and homeschool. Changes in our homeschool, whether positive or negative, bleed into our family life, and vice versa. It’s impossible to separate the two because homeschooling has truly become a lifestyle for us.
We decided to begin with the virtue “diligent.” (There are character assessments you and your children can take to help you determine strengths and weaknesses, but I have decided to protect the guilty and not post ours here.) Diligence isn’t really an issue with my older daughter, who gets up, gets ready, and begins her school day by 6:30 a.m. most days. My younger daughter, however, struggles with pushing through, especially when it gets hard. Now, instead of throwing a fit, she can be heard muttering to herself, “I am diligent. I start fast, work hard, and finish strong. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” (We chose our own memory verse to change her “I can’t” to “I can.”) And then, although she may not be happy about it, she gets down to work.
This has transferred into other areas of our lives too. Both girls are working harder to help out around the house—and to stick with a task until it’s finished.
We are now working on the virtue “helpful,” and we’ve been working on it for a while. I want us to really make a virtue part of our lives rather than just putting stickers on the chart and moving on, and this one has been tougher for us.
How We Use We Choose Virtues
I usually begin our school day reminding the girls of the virtue we’re studying (and that they are now responsible for all of the virtues we have studied), saying the catch phrase with them, and quoting a verse that goes along with that virtue (either one on the card or another one that I have selected).
The Virtue Clue Cards stay on our refrigerator. They have fun challenges on the back, and the girls love to look through them too!
We all remind each other of the catch phrases for the virtues throughout the day. This helps us to stay focused on what we need to do and accountable to one another.
How You Can Get We Choose Virtues
I love We Choose Virtues and think they’re great for everyone: schools, churches, day care centers, homeschools, and families! Here are some ways to get the products:
- The We Choose Virtues website has a complete list of the products and kits available, both faith-based and non-faith-based.
- There are free downloads of certain products available on the site, and the product prices include a range that will fit every budget!
- For this month only, the coupon code CARDS20 can be used for 20% off the flash cards, parenting cards, or teacher cards. These come with free downloadable extras this month too!*
- Public schools, Christian schools, and churches can use START25 this month for 25% off any kit $99 and up.*
- Coupon code VIRTUE15 is always good for 15% off your cart.*
- Finally, We Choose Virtues is offering ONE of you the chance to win a set of faith-based Parenting Cards, 100 Days of Virtue Chart with Butterfly Stickers, The Three Rules Poster, and a set of Virtue Clue Cards!