We recently received a copy of We Choose Virtues to review! At first, I was skeptical. It’s a program that’s geared towards, uh, the younger set. I have a boy in middle school and one in high school. What could this program offer a family like us?
Boy, was I surprised!
WHY WE NEEDED THIS
Social graces can be hard for children with special needs because it requires their bodies and their brains to slow down and take in all the social cues. For the most part both L and J can be well mannered… in public… where others are watching them.
Then they come home. Ever see wild animals in their native habitat?
Mind you, we stress politeness and cleanliness, we do Bible study every day, and we’re regular church goers. However, there’s that whole ADHD thing. I’m talking about Hubby’s and mine, not the boys’. Things get covered up, slid over, dealt with as they need to be dealt with and never a moment too soon. How could flashcards help us instill qualities in our boys that all of those things hadn’t hard-wired in them when they aren’t in the general public so far?
WHAT IS “WE CHOOSE VIRTUES”
We choose virtues came out of the many years of Sunday and preschool school teaching of the author. Children don’t just need to learn their reading, writing, and arithmetic. They also need to learn how to act around each other in a well behaved and meaningful way.
There are 12 different virtues ranging from Attentive to Self-Controlled. Each virtue is personalized with a cute kid whose name starts with the same letter as the virtue and their accompanying accessory. We loved the mneumonics, that whole ADHD brain thing needed that.
HOW WE USED WE CHOOSE VIRTUES
The first thing each of us did (yes, me too!) was take the Family Character Assessment. That was hard! It’s so easy to say we always do the right thing.
I really wanted each of us to pick one of the cards and work on it through the month. So then we read each card. This includes a positive affirmation and an explanation of what the virtue looks like. If that doesn’t convince you about why this virtue is a good thing it’s followed up by a Bible verse that further explains why this virtue is a desired trait! Doing this helped us narrow down our personal virtue for the month. You could say we “became convicted”. Ahem.
Each morning we would recite the front and back of our card. During the day we would remind each other of our virtue and quiz each other over what was on the other cards.
MY GREATEST SURPRISE
I asked the boys to create their own “Three Rules Poster” half way through the month. Let me rephrase that, I asked each of them to do this. One of them is very right-brained and the other is very left-brained and they don’t work well together when it comes to art-type projects. (I swear, the both have the same mom and dad! Are your kids like that?)
Shockingly enough, they both grabbed the art supplies and disappeared into their bedroom. This sign confronted me as I went to see what they were up to. Well, blow me over with a leaf! I don’t know if you can make out the words, but it says, “Man work going on!” and an admonition to not enter.
They were, dare I say it, WORKING TOGETHER!!! Yeah, I had to tell all my friends on Facebook immediately.
GET YOUR COPY OF WE CHOOSE VIRTUES
I know, I know. Now you are on the edge of your seat in great anticipation about using the program to see wonders it will work with your child.
I have some great news and some fantastic savings info for you.
The GREAT News First
You know I like 100% FREE things without any strings. You can take a look at the virtues and the corresponding Bible verses in writing as well as the Family Character Assessment worksheet at no charge at all.
The Fantastic Savings Info
However, the Virtue Flash Cards ($14.99) has the cute characters, qualities and Bible verses on them. It was so easy to pull out the appropriate card whenever L or J were not being virtuous and have them read it instead of standing them trying to be reasonable with them. (Read: You are no longer the “Mean Mommy” but the “Teaching Mother”, a total win-win!)
During now and the entire month of April you can use the HOME20 to get a 20% discount on the homeschool package. You can use the discount code of VIRTUE15 to purchase any item with no expiration date for LJSkool readers!
There is a version coming out for the “older” kid set soon complete with a journaling aspect! We can’t wait. What do you think, is this something your family might need?