I am continuing with my What We’ve Used and Loved Curriculum Series this week with Character Education. This just happens to be one of my favorite subjects to teach because it starts so many wonderful conversations in our homeschool. In the early years we stick with books and videos, but as they get a little older I like to use a more formal curriculum that helps me guide the conversation.
When my kids were little (prek – 2nd grade) we used mostly Berenstain Bear Books and Kids videos. Joy Berry also has a nice series called Help Me Be Good . I also used a book called GET WISDOM! to help me put together some individual unit studies. This book covers 23 Character traits and gives a Bible verse and definition for each trait. It also has discussion questions in the back of the book for each trait. I have a video on contentment to show you how I would put together a one week study.
Some of the video series we used are 321 Penguins, Character Builders, Veggie Tales and Theo (my kids still love this one). Back when my kids were little the only way to get these videos was to buy them from Christian Book, but now you can stream them all for just $5 a month with JellyTelly. My kids and I love JellyTelly for it’s wholesome, Christian, kids shows and there are NO commercials.
Once my kids were a bit older I found Character Concepts and fell in love with their curriculum. Next year we will be using Character in Action, Kids of Character, and Portraits of Integrity with my 4th and 5th graders. If you are looking for something secular, this year we used a booked called Character Building Day by Day and we really enjoyed that too.
I would love to hear what you have found works best in your homeschool to teach Character Education. Share your resources with me in the comments below.
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