I've loved We Choose Virtues from the second I saw their site! Go visit that link then come back here to read more details about the program and about how we use it in our home with our four monkeys... ahem ... I mean our four adorable children. ;)
Okay....so did you look their site over? Looks like some awesome stuff, right?! Did you see Chuck and his duck? Cute, huh? ;) Each virtue card shows a VirtueVille Kid and the kid's object which rhymes with the kid's name and starts with the same letter as the virtue it represents. So, this is Chuck with his Duck for the "I am Diligent" card. I love the art work on all these products! Very well done, Pete! (you can read about Pete as well as WCV author on their "About" page!)
Each of the virtues has a catchphrase which defines what the virtue is in action, an antonym which defines what the virtue is NOT, and if you choose the faith-based option, then it also includes a scripture relevant to that particular virtue.
Chuck's card reads "I am Diligent" (notice it's not I want to be...or I should be...but I am...POSITIVE thinking y'all! OWN it! They all start this way.) So, like I was saying, "I am Diligent" is on the front. The back says, "I start fast, work hard, and I finish strong. I am NOT....slow to get started or lazy, and I don't quit early." The back of each also displays the verse. It's fun to call out the catchphrases and let the kids tell you the virtue that it goes with, and vice versa once they get those down!
|11x17 VirtueVille Kid Poster OR|
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So, can you see how saying "Stay on task!"..."Get back on task!"...."Do your job!"...."Why are you playing instead of picking up your toys?"... "Why haven't you started yet?"...."You haven't done your job (at all, well, all the way, your best, etc...pick one)" can get tiring, but with these cards when I ask my child if he's being diligent or tell him to be, there's actually a real meaning to it besides "GO WORK NOW!" And this child is going to understand exactly how they aren't being diligent and how to fix it?? It truly has clarified these things in my home! It keeps me from having to be wordy in the midst of chaos, it let's me know my kids DO understand the rules and the offenses. They see they have a choice. I can do my job right away and do it well without dawdling....or I can be slow to get started and lazy or just plain quit in the middle of it. Then, they either choose virtue, or they don't. WCV is great for basing correction off of as well, since there's now a common vernacular that we all get. Also, see this post for more ideas for when they don't choose virtuously.
|Just cute kids that are learning to choose virtue|
So, what do we use? I've started off with the flashcards (faith based) and the virtues poster that lists all of them in one place. I've had great success and love the program! There are some game suggestions that come with the cards. I'll be adding (just for fun, not because the program is lacking without them) the teacher cards, three rules poster, the 100 days of virtue poster, and I'll hang the youth poster up in BookWorm's room. The teacher cards add a story that goes with the character and virtue, activity and demonstration ideas, a prayer (faith based only), what to say after "I'm sorry", a challenge, and a teaching tip. You can see samples of all of these items on the site. Click the "Products" tab at the top to see everything. There will be some great new products released in the future as well!!
|back side of a teacher card- Classroom version|
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So, just how DO we use it with these four adorable little virtuous angels? (can I get a "yeah, right!"?)
A mom asked me,
Here's my reply:
|All my monkeys|
Oh! And I must mention, another great early learning author at Teach Me Joy has made copywork books in both print and cursive to go along with these! You can see samples of it here. I plan to add this in as well for MathMan and BookWorm. If you purchase her curriculum, you get a 15% discount code on WCV! In place of copywork for WiggleWorm and WildMan, I'll add in the WCV coloring pages! I'm sure the big two will want to do them as well, just for fun.
|Cover of downloadable and reproducible coloring pages|
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