We recently were given the opportunity to review the Parenting Cards from We Choose Virtues. We also received the We Choose Virtues Download Bundle.
What is We Choose Virtues?
We Choose Virtues was founded by Heather McMillan after she, as a Children's Minister, observed children at church that lacked honesty, self-control, and perseverance.
What are Parenting Cards?
The parenting cards are 8.5 X 5.5 full colored cards that are printed front and back. The cards are geared for children ages 3 - 11 and are $38.49. There are 13 cards that come in a zip-lock type bag for easy storing when not in use. One card gives teaching hints while the other twelve are the virtue cards. The virtues taught are as follows: gentle, attentive, honest, kind, perseverant, self-controlled, forgiving, patient, obedient, diligent, helpful, and content.
On the front of each card, the virtue is listed along with a catchphrase, Bible verse, and character. It also lists the antonyms of each virtue.
On the back of each card, there is a virtue user challenge, teachable moments, what to say after "I'm sorry," and a little blurb about each character.
What is included with the download bundle?
The download bundle is available for $7.99 and includes the following:
~ Teacher handbook (PDF): this is a 56 page guide for teaching the virtues. It includes the four steps for teaching the virtues which are expect excellence, explain with enthusiasm, emphasize the everyday, and examine everything. It also lists activities and game ideas to implement each virtue.
~ Family Character Assessment (PDF): a one page assessment for each family member to use before starting.
~Coloring Book(PDF): coloring sheets of all of the characters. I printed mine in booklet form and stapled the middle to make a coloring book.
~ Sing-Along Book (PDF): 12 songs with familiar tunes to help learn the virtues.
~ Butterfly Award (PDF): given when the child has been using the virtue.
How we used We Choose Virtues:
I used this with all four of my children ages 3, 8, 10, and 12. We focused on one virtue per week. On Monday, I would read the front of the card and the virtue user challenge on the back. On Tuesday, I would go over the Bible verse again, read about the character, and go over the teachable moments. The rest of the week, I would remind them about the user challenge and encourage them to memorize the Bible verse. I also want over some of the teachable moments again.
What we thought:
I'm not sure how much my three year old learned, but she enjoyed coloring the characters.
My older children were able to learn quite a bit from the Parenting Cards. They enjoyed doing the challenges each week.
I liked that the cards were just the right size for displaying while we were learning each virtue. I also liked the challenges that were given each week. Some of the challenges were were what words not to use, such as "I'm bored." Some of the challenges were to do things for other people.
My ten and twelve year old sons said they liked doing the challenges each week, but some of them were difficult. It was difficult to go a whole day without saying the words listed on the challenge.
My eight year old daughter said she enjoyed hearing about each character.
This is a great program for homeschools, schools, and churches. I'm glad my kids were able to learn about these important virtues and to put into practice what they learned.