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I met Heather McMillan, creator of We Choose Virtues, at the 2:1 Conference in April. We connected over Harrisburg (she lives in Harrisburg, OR), and we both knew we’d become friends. She wrote a guest post on fear in May, and we decided that I would review her Homeschool Kit over the summer.
The We Choose Virtues Homeschool Kit contains a lot of materials: posters, flashcards, teaching cards, stickers, and more, plus a coloring book and a Teacher’s Handbook, both in PDF.
How We’re Using We Choose Virtues
At first, I wasn’t sure exactly how to use all of the awesome materials we got. The Teacher’s Handbook is thorough and explains how to set up a learning environment, but I got frustrated that I couldn’t find explicit instructions for how to get started. Fortunately, Heather was just an email away and directed me to the How It Works page.
I chose I am Kind as my first virtue.
I started the week by giving Grace the coloring page. We colored it together, then I showed Grace the front of the card. We read it together. I read the Kids of VirtueVille sketch on the back, and then we talked about what kindness looks like with our friends, family, and pets.
The back of the card suggested creating a kindness poster with a “please don’t” and a “please do” list for each member of the family, so we did that together. I thought it would be a fabulous exercise for getting to know my husband and my kids better, and I was eager to get started.
We also hung some of our posters on the wall next to Grace’s doll house.
We read over the front of the card every day for a week, then we switched to I am Gentle. We followed the same plan: coloring sheet, reading the card, talking about the activities on the back, and then going over the card every day at the beginning of school.
Per Heather’s suggestion, we’ll study one virtue per week until we’ve been introduced to all of them. After that, we’ll talk about a different virtue for a few minutes at the beginning of each school day.
Our Thoughts on We Choose Virtues
I love these materials more now than when I first saw them. They are very well made from high quality materials, well worth the cost. The graphics are bright and eye-catching, and the kids are interesting and clever and make me smile.
Grace adores We Choose Virtues. She likes the characters, and she enjoys learning about the traits. She asks to talk about them.
At the pet store last week, Grace said, Hey! Those are gerbils! It’s just like Gerbil Jill! She’s internalizing the information, and that’s my ultimate goal.
If you are a parent, I recommend you buy We Choose Virtues – at least the cards – and use them. You and your kids will learn a lot, and your lives will be so much better.
Save on We Choose Virtues!
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- START25 to save 25% on any kit $99 or more
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How have you taught your kids morals?
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