Have you heard of We Choose Virtues? It’s a fun way to teach kids about character. There are three rules: Obey, Be Kind, Be a Helper. There are twelve Kids of Virtueville each representing a different virtue. Each virtue relates back to one of the three rules. Here’s Piggybank Frank. Isn’t he cute?
Each virtue has a catchphrase and an antonym. If you choose the faith-based version it will also have a Bible verse. (Any product offered as faith-based will also have a version without the Bible verses so that it can be used in schools. In fact, this system was originally designed for schools.)
Piggybank Frank’s details are as follows:
Catchphrase I wait, and wait, and wait, with a smile!
Antonym I am NOT…pushy, or controlling and I don’t get frustrated or bored when others are slow!
Bible Verse Anyone who is patient has great understanding. But anyone who gets angry quickly shows how foolish he is. Proverbs 14:29 (NIrV)
When my kids need to be patient I can just say to them “Piggybank Frank” and they know what I mean. Love it! In our house we are working on memorising all of the virtues. It’s amazing how easily kids can memorise these! Each week we choose one virtue to focus on. When we’ve got them all memorised I plan to go a little more in-depth with each virtue. (And can I just admit, I need to work on many of these virtues too. Ahem.)
One of the characters is Penny Jenny (I am Perseverant), so if you are in Australia be prepared to explain to your kids what a penny is. Australia used to use 1c coins, but it’s been a couple of decades and I’m guessing they didn’t refer to them as pennies! 🙂
I’ve got the faith-based Family Kit which includes Parenting Cards, Virtue Flashcards, Kids Virtue Poster, Three Rules Poster, and the Kids of Virtueville Colouring Book download. Of these items, the Parenting Cards and Kids Virtue Poster are the essentials. The Parenting Cards include a story to go with each Kid as well as ideas for teaching. (See below for a code to get 30% off the Parenting Cards this month.) They are the family version of the Teacher’s Virtue Cards. The Kids Virtue Poster is a summary of all of the virtues with catchphrases and antonyms. If you can only find room in your budget for one thing, get the Kids Virtue Poster. (Bottom right in my picture above.) Just going through those will bring up some great discussion points no matter the age of your kids. Hang it on the fridge where your kids can see it, they’ll have it memorised in no time. Even my 4yo who can’t read can tell you each Kid’s name, virtue, and most of their catchphrases.
Here’s the best part! For the month of May, We Choose Virtues has free shipping…even for us international folks. Free shipping to Australia! There’s no code needed to get the free shipping, just add your items to your cart. (They have offered free shipping before but there has always been a code to enter, so I am not sure what will be offered in the future.)
Also this month use the code SPRING30 to get 30% off the Parenting Cards, or HOMESCHOOL25 to get 25% off the Homeschool Kit. You can also like them on Facebook to get two free t-shirt iron-on PDFs. The first one is Hat Matt (I am Helpful!) Hope this helps someone. I’m thinking of ordering Virtue Clues to keep in my nappy bag. Virtues on the go!
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