One of the most important things I can do as a mom and as a homeschool teacher is to instill good character in my children from an early age. It is one of my primary goals. Finding a good way to teach these lessons to my girls isn’t always easy. We have enjoyed our chance to review the new Little Lads & Ladies of Virtue curriculum and copywork by Kathie Morrissey of The Character Corner.
What is Little Lads & Ladies of Virtue?
This curriculum was designed for preschool and early elementary children to learn about 24 different important character qualities through Bible memory verses, “I Will” statements, definitions, games, and object lessons that they can easily understand and apply. It is available instantly as a pdf download.
How Does it Work?
If you choose one character quality for each week (5-days-per-week schedule), this study will take 6 months. Each lesson is designed to take only 5-10 minutes — ideal for the attention span of that age range. They are presented in alphabetical order.
The character qualities included are:
The curriculum begins with an introduction about the importance of building character and teaching our children from an early age with a gentle approach that they can easily understand through practical application.
From the introduction:
There are 5 lessons for each character trait, and each daily lesson will take about 5-10 minutes to teach, depending on how long you spend on some of the games. They all are written in a similar format. On the first day you introduce your kids to the trait, its meaning, and the memory verse. The 2nd day introduces them to the “I Wills”. The 3rd and 4th day review what they’ve learned so far, and also include role playing, and games to help them learn how to use what they are learning in their everyday lives. Included are prayers for the kids to pray daily about asking God to help them grow in that character trait. On day 5 a certificate is given when they can say the definition, memory verse, and “I Wills” for the lesson.
How We Used It
We worked on the first few traits for this review. Prep time is minimal since most of the lessons are done through discussion using simple household items. There are also a list of supplies necessary for each lesson to make things easy as you look ahead in your planning. Doing the copywork just requires a printer to print the sheets ahead of time.
Lil Sis (6) was able to do some of the copywork, but Baby Girl (4) has never tried copywork before. I haven’t done any formal teaching of letter formation with her so she has her own writing style at this point. She liked having a chance to work on something like her big sisters.
We worked on the Bible memory verses together, repeating them each day. We posted our “I Will” statements on the fridge where we could see them everyday. It was also a good reminder to me to bring up the character traits as I saw them in action in our daily life. Having them repeat the definition of the trait also helped them to understand and keep the information fresh in their minds.
My girls were especially happy to collect their certificates as we finished each week. We have them displayed on our bulletin board.
These are all essential character traits I want to instill in my daughters and I know that starting early is so important. They have benefited from Little Lads & Ladies of Virtue and we will continue to use it.
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