August 3, 2012

Character and Virtues {GIVEAWAY}

Most of us want our children to grow up to be adults of character.  It doesn't happen overnight, and it doesn't typically happen without some parental support.  We need to train our children now when it comes to character.  We Choose Virtues is one resource for parents and educators.  They provide tools to help parents and teacher teach virtues, one day at a time.  The character development tools, mostly geared for for ages 3-12, are available with or without a faith-based component (which means they can definitely be used in public school settings).   (Be sure to read to the end for the GIVEAWAY, with shipping worldwide!)

Each virtue from We Choose Virtues has its own cute and memorable character and catchphrase.  The catchphrase helps the adult to reinforce the right attitude and action and helps the child to remember it.  "I am Content.  I have my 'Wanter' under control."  I like the positive language and We Choose Virtues themes, that I created a cute chore chart (for lack of a better word) with WCV as my inspiration.

Each virtue also has its own antonyms to help one remember what behaviors and attitudes should not be demonstrated.  These use the phrases "I don't" and "I am not."  I am Content.  I have my 'Wanter' under control.  I am not bored, greedy or always wanting more and I don't beg or whine!"

I am thankful for the opportunity to not only review the Virtue Clues and Virtue Poster with my family, but WCV also provided the faith-based Teacher's Virtue Cards for the classroom for my church to use and review.

VIRTUE CLUES
We hang our Virtue Clues on the fridge.  They are business-sized cards that highlights the twelve virtues.  The backside offers a challenge related to the virtue.  These hang on our refrigerator in the little plastic sleeve they came in.  We highlight a different virtue every few days.  My children will sometimes take them out to examine them, too.   The Virtue Clues are a really affordable way to introduce children to virtues.  With the positive way my children (especially the five year old, our oldest) has responded to the clue cards, I think we would all benefit highly from the parenting cards!

The Kids Virtue Poster provides a "big picture" view of all of the virtues at one time, while the clues provide focus on individual virtues.  Just a note, neither the clue cards or this poster offer any Bible references.  There are lots of other products that do just that though.
The We Choose Virtues products are not really to be handed over to the child and learned independently.  It takes discussion and interaction.  We talk about the virtues with the cards, when the virtues are demonstrated, and when the virtues are missing from their attitude and actions.  You read all about How It Works, if you like.

TEACHER'S VIRTUE CARDS: FAITH-BASED
teaching-flyer-sample-f2.jpgOur children's director had LOTS of great things to say about the Teacher's Virtue Cards.  (She also used the teacher's handbook and children's coloring book.)  She said they were a huge hit with all the teachers!  The teachers remarked at how easy it is to teach from them and how the kids really respond to the topic and listen to and contribute to the conversation.  Though the game suggestions have not been used every week, it's been a hit when used.  The children's director copied the coloring pages and provided the appropriate one to each class.  The children and teachers love the characters and the virtues they teach.

teaching-flyer-sample-faith.jpgThe children's director was encouraged to hear a parent talking to their kids, and reinforcing what was learned in the classroom!  According to the feedback from the teachers, they are eager to put We Choose Virtues into practice regularly.  The children's director is exploring the additional WCV products for use in the classrooms this fall.  The only drawback of the cards is that they suggest the teacher find books/stories that teach the virtue.  I would have liked to have seen a few well-known stories provided so that it'd be one less thing to prepare.  In the future, I hope that WCV might be able to provide a resource for the teachers to send home with the students so the parents can reinforce more of the virtues (and not just the characters from the coloring book) without depending upon the children for that information.


It is important to note that this is not a unit of study.  It is a supplemental program that is used in just a few minutes per day or class time.  The cards are packed full of information and ideas, but without the sale offers/promotions, it is a bit pricey.  (It's a small, family-owned company, so I suspect the prices reflect their own expenses.) Thankfully, We Choose Virtues offers monthly and on-going promotions.

Promotional Codes-Use one code at a time.
 Back to School sale on Homeschool Kits and Family Kits with 25% off with BTS25 for August only
Free Shipping Worldwide, ongoing promotional code - FREESHIP 
15% off your entire cart- VIRTUE15

GIVEAWAY Giveaway is now closed.  Rashelle was the winner, chosen by Random.org.  She has been contacted and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
Heather, the founder of We Choose Virtues, is offering Virtue Clues to one reader anywhere WORLDWIDE!  Even if you don't have children of your own, consider entering and sharing with a family you care about!  To enter, please take a loot at the WCV site, and then leave a comment below telling me what virtue YOU need to improve the most.  Be sure I have a way to contact you!

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This giveaway will run through Thursday, August 9th.  Winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Thank you, We Choose Virtues for providing the products above and the giveaway.  The review above is our honest opinion.  This post does include affiliate links, so if you choose to purchase something, a small percentage does come my way.  Please know I'm an affiliate because I do think the product is great!
~ Annette {This Simple Mom}

44 comments:

  1. These sound very interesting. I'm very curious about them, for sure. It seems like a calm and happy way to emphasize that character counts! I'd like to be entered into your contest.

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  2. I'm subscribed to your feed.

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  3. And I follow you on Facebook! :)

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  4. I sometimes need to get my wanter under control. sandiclicks@hotmail.com

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  5. I need to work on being gentle, and patient and kind... philandjaime at yahoo dot com

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  6. I liked you on FB. philandjaime at yahoo dot com

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  7. I need to work on self-control!

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  8. Patience and self control definitely. Emilyqberry@Yahoo.com

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  9. I liked wcv on FB. Emilyqberry@Yahoo.com

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  12. I subscribed by email. Emilyqberry@Yahoo.com

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  13. I need to work on being patient many times a day.

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  14. Just bought the downloadable handbook today if that counts.

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  15. shared on fb and twitter

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  16. Tis the season for school book buying: I need to get my wanter under control! :)

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  17. patience, barbiefisher777@yahoo.com

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  18. Aak! I need to improve on contentment. We all know our kids will grow up fast. In the middle of disciplining and sibling rivalry and loads of laundry I try to remember that THE DAYS ARE LONG BUT THE YEARS ARE SHORT.

    sharonsaad@gmail.com

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  19. I subscribe via email.

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  20. I shared this giveaway with friends via email.
    Can't show the link but here is the copy.

    There is a giveaway for this great little set that teaches your children
    virtues. Thought you may want to know about it too.
    sharonsaad@gmail.com

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  21. I shared this giveaway with friends via email.
    Can't show the link but here is the copy.

    There is a giveaway for this great little set that teaches your children
    virtues. Thought you may want to know about it too.
    sharonsaad@gmail.com

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  22. I follow you on facebook.

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  23. I need self control

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  24. I love these -- with school starting soon and summer ending, I need to be diligent. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

    Erin
    erinb1 at aol dot com

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  25. Patience AND Self-Control! Thanks for offering the give away!
    Rashelle
    jrconkling@sbcglobal.net

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  26. Our whole family needs to work on patience, especially with each other :) thanks for the chance to win! beachluvr@comcast.net

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  27. Our whole family needs to work on patience, especially with each other :) thanks for the chance to win! beachluvr@comcast.net

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  33. have been wanting to try WCV for a while! We are always working on patience and self control here! t.brooks228@gmail.com

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  34. patience and then more patience.......

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