Teaching Character {Little Lads & Ladies of Virtue Review & GIVEAWAY}

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As a parent it is my job to teach my children all they need to know. As a Christian parent it is also my job to teach them about Christ and His character. This has been a struggle for me, as I honestly didn’t know where or even how to start with it.

Little Lads & Ladies of Virtue Review & Giveaway

In the past I had a chart that talked about a new character trait each day. Honestly, that felt a little overwhelming. And frankly, I didn’t think it was enough time for the little ones to grasp the concept. I could see where it would be a great tool for review and a way to remember them, but not for actually teaching character. So it fell by the wayside and I pushed it to the back, back…back burner. Now here we are with an almost 9 year old, 5 yo, 4 yo and 2.5 yo and I’m seeing a very real need for character training.

Insert Little Lads and Ladies of Virtue. I was so excited when I was invited to the Launch Team a few weeks ago. I couldn’t download the files fast enough. After reading the description, I was hooked.

Description from site: You can never start training your kids in character too early!  The first five years are the most formative years, so it’s the BEST time to start teaching and training them to have Godly character.

This book provides you with 6 months of character lessons, that require very minimal preparation.  24 character qualities are taught, with a week of lessons for each of the traits.  Provided in the lessons is a definition for the trait, a memory verse,  3 “I WILL” statements that relate to applying the character quality in their daily life,   games, object lessons, or role play, and a prayer for the child to pray about applying what they have learned.  There is also a coloring page for each lesson. Included is a reward chart with a picture for them to color, and space to display the character badges that they earn each week.

Doesn’t it just sound AH-MA-ZING?!?! Well, it is!! While we have not “hit it hard” these past few weeks, we have done a few things. We are technically on a break from schooling right now with all our ministry obligations, but we will begin with the full curriculum, printables and charts when we resume school. At that time we will embrace the lessons in full.

I am planning to use a combination of the charts my fellow reviewers have done for my own kids. I will have the chart ready made for the Littles to look at and learn from, while I my oldest will do the copywork and writing for the charts, as well as his copywork that accompanies this curriculum. I may also add some pictures for the little ones to identify with as we work through each character trait.

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While we haven’t used the copywork portion of this program, I am a lover of all things copywork!! Rote memory is not for everyone, so the copywork and charts add a new dimension to their learning.

So far, we love this curriculum. I say “we”, but really it’s me. I am so impressed with how truly easy this curriculum is to use and the little preparation it actually has. Ain’t nobody got time for hours of prep work every single night. This curriculum makes it so simple and easy to use. And the best part – it’s not just for homeschoolers!! Since this program is designed for just 5-10 minutes a day, it is a PERFECT family dinner activity/devotion!!

Yes, it says this curriculum is geared toward the younger ages, but I have found it beneficial in our oldest as well. It takes a little lot more patience, as we are “undoing” some bad habits he’s learned and we let slip. But, I am confident that over time, with God’s help and a lot of prayer – we will get there!

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Still not sure this is for you? You can download a sample lesson here to check it out.

And the pricing is so reasonable!!

Little Lads & Ladies of Virtue Curriculum – $9

Little Lads & Ladies of Virtue Copywork – $5

Little Lads & Ladies of Virtue Curriculum & Copywork $12

Want even better news? You can enter to win a digital copy of this ebook on the form below!! Thanks to the author, Kathie Morrissey of Character Corner, for not only creating this wonderful curriculum, but also for offering up a copy for ONE LUCKY WINNER!!!

 

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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet all her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating fun and engaging printables, unit studies and curriculum for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about marriage, parenting, and homeschooling all while maintaining her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers, where she shares free printables and resources from around the web as well as deals on curriculum and homeschooling resources. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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  1. I struggle with my kids listening to me in general and being respectful. I need to focus on my example I set for them as well :/ Always forgetting what Im modeling for them. My kiddos are 5, 3, and 1. It would be great to have a guide for teaching character, with biblical references.

    1. I struggle with it too, @andreabruns03hotmailcom:disqus!! This is a FABULOUS program!!

  2. being respectful to us and others. My kids are 9 and 14 they still need guidance all the time.

    1. I hear ya!

    1. Our saying around here is, “A slow obey…is a no obey!” 😉

  3. Really awesome review! Thanks so much for linking to me. 🙂

    1. You are so welcome, Jess!! Yours was great too!!

    2. Absolutely @disqus_F1qMAcBN5n:disqus!! Yours was great too!

  4. My son has special needs, and social skills are really hard for him. He does not learn social cues like other children and needs to be taught each one individually. This would be a program that may work for him, so we could work on each item in black and white and work with real life examples.

    1. This sounds like a great fit for him!!

  5. My children are 2 and 4 years old … and I am excited about this resource because I think the younger you start teaching character, the better … so they can build good habits. 🙂

    1. You are absolutely right about starting young!!

  6. The biggest problem that I face when teaching my children character is actually two-fold: first, it is teaching it in a way that really relates to their daily lives (not just head knowledge); second, is being consistent in my role-model (the way I live and respond to daily life) with the character traits that I am teaching them. I truly need much grace and wisdom!

    1. Inconsistency is my biggest issue too! I’m right there with ya!

  7. I’m definitely interested in these…I would love them for my granddaughters who are 3 & 7 but I’m wondering of I could use them also for my youngest girls who are going into 5th grade and 7th grade….what do you thing?

    1. @michellesalerno:disqus I think they would work with some minor tweaking for reinforcing Biblical Character in your daughters. You could do some extra copywork and maybe “projects” around the house to add to their experience. 😉

  8. “What is the biggest problem you face when teaching Godly Character to your children?”

    I will be just starting homeschooling this coming school year so my experience is limited. I anticipate that my problems will be what to teach and how to do it in a way my son will understand, and me being consistant in directing him how to best live it out in his life and apply it to my own.

    “What ages are your children and why would you like to have this resource?”

    My son is 5 and I have no idea where to begin. 🙂

  9. The biggest problem I face is not being patient enough with them. I forget that they are still learning

  10. I think the biggest problem in teaching character is that we try to be perfect ourselves — it’s far more effective to teach through our own mistakes as parents sometimes 🙂 — kids like knowing they’re not the only ones who mess up. At least, mine does.

    1. You are so right, @bphotoart:disqus!! We forget that using our mistakes is probably one of the MOST effective ways to teach!!

  11. Oh, and forgot to say — my 3 year old gets some of the concepts we’ve discussed, but it would be great to have a resource like this to prompt discussions and conversations. 🙂

  12. My 6 year old struggles with whining/cheerfulness and laziness (all play and no work), and my 4 year old struggles with obedience (refuses to do something if I tell him to do it, but will do it if Daddy tells him to do it). Our 2 year old is probably too young for something like this, but her biggest issue right now is whining/tantrum throwing when she doesn’t get her way (just like most 2 year olds I know! 😀 ).

  13. My children are 6, 4, 2, and 2 months. We’ve had a few months’ worth of upheaval with a move followed by the birth of our baby, and a couple of hospital visits with our baby due to some health issues. Amidst all of that chaos, we’ve allowed some behavioral issues to slide, and are really starting to notice the fruits of that now. I’m trying to get my kids back on the right track so our home can be a happy, peaceful place again. I think this resource would be perfect for my 6 year old, especially as she really responds well to correction (and exhortation) when I use scripture to back me up.

  14. I have 2 smart girls, ages 7 and almost 2 🙂 Its fun and interesting thats for sure! We are wrapping up our first year as homeschoolers and I really see a need for some character training for everyone! I have been looking for something just like this for next year!!

  15. The biggest problem is knowing how to teach in a way that will resonate with my 7 year old son, 3 & 2 year old daughters.

  16. I am still a new Christian, so am still learning so much myself. It’s just hard for me to try to reverse the years of unchristian-like character that had been modeled by me for so many years. I also am guilty of letting things that seem minute slide, but then they spiral into bigger issues.

  17. Taking the time and being consistent are two big problems for me!

  18. My children are 7, 5, 3, and 2, and we have been focusing on a different character trait every month in our family devotions. We also homeschool. Those I will statements sound wonderful, and I’d like to incorporate the copywork as well!

  19. My kids are 5, 3 and 6 months. I would love to have everything in one place. We are starting school in a few months and this would be great added to it.

  20. The biggest problem I face when teaching my children Godly character is consistency! We talk about it one day and then forget to reitterate the following days.

  21. So far I feel I have been teaching Godly character as the wrong character occurs. Would live to have something that would equip us before it happens or while it is for all of the family, mom and dad included.

  22. my problem is where/how to start to teach character to my son. I have a
    hard time getting the bible down to his age level… LOL!

  23. My son is 2 years old. this will help me in the adventure of life to teach him the right way to go

  24. Bringing things down to their level is my biggest challenge.

  25. My kids are 5, 4, 2 and 3 months. I’d love to use this in our homeschool next year.

  26. My daughter is 4 with 2 older brothers,11& 14. Boys and girls are so different and something new to add to my resources would be great.

  27. My grand kids are very close in age and seem to fight over everything!

  28. 5, 3, 1.5…..and I’d like this resource because I need help. 😉

  29. This is great, I could use this to help my granddaughter! Attentiveness is our focus right now.

  30. I struggle with consistency in a lot of things. And character training is definitely one of them. When my oldest was younger, I only knew about character training resources that were geared toward older kids or were out of my price range. Now that she’s a little older, I feel like a lot of bad behaviors slipped through and it takes so long to see any results from anything we do that it becomes difficult to keep going with it. This curriculum, since it’s geared toward younger kids, would be great. I could use it to steer my middle child right before he gets too many bad habits, and hopefully it would be easy enough to use with my oldest and actually get results.

  31. My Children are ages 11,8,4. I would like to have this resource because I believe teaching character would be one of the most important lessons in a child’s life. It is the foundation for their personality and future.
    My struggle in teaching them character would be in being diligent and consistent. Being a fairly new homeschooler, I like that this curriculum makes it very easy to know and follow in what to do each day.

  32. Not getting frustrated when the kids don’t ‘get it’ the first time.=) Woops! Looks like I could work on my character as well!

  33. I have a 4yo girl and a 5yo boy. There is too much arguing going on and sometimes I just don’t know the right to say/do to provide a long term fix.

  34. Consistency! Because sometimes, I’m just a little too tired, a little too wore out to be intentional about teaching character. But it’s so important! Teaching it requires discipline, which is the word God gave me for this year. (For me, not my kids!) Discipline is hard. But if I can’t model it, how can I expect my kids to learn it? 😉

  35. I have boy/girl twins who will be 8 next month. Character will affect my kids’ lives more than anything other subject we teach (with the exception of Bible, but that goes hand in hand with character). It will affect their jobs, their marriages, their parenting, their quality of life, everything! Know anyone without thankfulness who is happy and content? Of course not! People without character are generally miserable. Character is essential for them to lead fulfilling, productive lives. So it makes sense that I should make it a priority to teach! 🙂

  36. The biggest problem I face with teaching Godly character to my daughters is the outside influence from friends and family members. When Godly character is so different from many of the individuals they come in contact with outside our home, they quickly notice the difference and wonder why it is okay for other people to act the way they do.

  37. Comprehension is the biggest challenge we face. It can be a struggle to make it relatable sometimes too.

  38. The biggest problem I face is consistency. I am not a consistent person by nature so it is hard for me to keep doing the research and finding the Bible verses, etc. This series will be PERFECT!

  39. My boys are 6 and 7 and I will like this because it will help me be consistent.

  40. I believe the biggest problem that parents face in raising kids with Godly character is Hollywood and the media. They are capable of twisting truth and make is so believable that most fall victim to the lies intertwined in that bit of truth. They deceive not only the kids but the parents become desensitized to the declining culture and become part of the problem.

  41. The biggest problem I face in teaching Godly Character is the fear I’m going to mess it up or that they’re not getting it.

  42. My children are 5.5 and 3 and I want to instill biblical truth in them early on 🙂

  43. My children are 3, 5, and 7 and I want them to be completely rooted in God’s word, early!

  44. My biggest problem in teaching Godly character is that I do not have a good role model/mentor to work with. I was not taught in the right way, so I struggle knowing the best way for my kids

  45. Would love something like this!

  46. Consistency and being a good role model myself. I think teaching my kids God’s character will not only help them understand how we are supposed to conduct ourselves, but it will also be a way to keep each other accountable when we fail.

    1. Our failures are a great teaching tool, aren’t they? lol

  47. My children are 3 1/2 and 2. I believe the earlier they are taught, the better.

    1. You are right. The earlier, the better!

  48. The fear I am going to mess up along the way.

    1. It’s a very real fear for all moms, I think. I’m right there with ya!

  49. My kids are 5 and 8, I would love to instill the right character traits to help guide them as they grow.

    1. This curriculum would be perfect!

  50. My kids are 7 and 8 and I think character is extremely important. Every child should be taught in an understandable way.

    1. I whole-heartedly agree!!!

  51. The hardest part of teaching character is modeling it yourself for your children.

    1. AMEN!

  52. The hardest part is realizing the lesson is as much for you as them.

    1. Isn’t that the truth?! LOL

  53. I am not married and do not have any children, but I feel that teaching children about the Bible.Not just because the Bible is a “Religious” book, but because it has lots of great advice for everyday situations a person may encounter, it teaches how to respect others, how to treat our bodies and we can stay healthy, and many many other things that help to build character, and help guide us on the proper path through life!

    Like others have mentioned the hard part is realizing the lesson, and using the lesson that the bible is teaching, is as much for us as for our children!

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