I don’t know about your kids…but some days I think to myself “my boys need to be sent to BOOTCAMP!”
Other days I sit in bliss and smile as little pumpkin share with monkey, and I feel super blessed. But more often than not it feels like all the teaching and training up our children goes in one ear and out the other, especially when they are little.
I’ve used many different resources to help teach the boys good manners, and the fruits of the spirit. But it’s always nice to have some more tools in your toolbox, right?! Besides that glass of wine that you are reaching for….yes, I see it!! 😉
I’ve been eyeing the We Choose Virtues program for a while now. My next in line for our schoolroom is Monkey, who is in preschool and four years old presently. He’s the one I’ve been thinking about using it for, especially since we’re starting kindergarten next year. But like all things I’ve been wanting to touch and feel it. I usually do that at our local convention in the spring. So I literally jumped at the chance to review one of their products when they offered it up on their Facebook page!
We Choose Virtues sells tools for families to teach their children good characters. We were given the Virtue Flashcard Game to try out with the family. You can check them out further here:
Upon opening the package that was sent to me, I noticed:
- 13 Double-sided cardstock flash cards
- High quality printing and graphics
- Colorful and engaging and humorous for children
- One virtue on the front with a character to go with it and help the child remember the virtue
- Handy catchphrases on the back to help children remember the virtue, with a description of what the virtue means
- Great size for carrying with you
I put the cards to use right away! We personally found that they were best used as little tools during the day. It is hard for us at present to use them as game cards since we only have the one child of age to play the games – and he is still a little bit young to understand how the games might work. Playing charades, etc…with the cards might be better for a child who is a bit older, possibly ages 5+.
But our four year old was quite able to see the cute little character on the front of the card – for example, Patience, and listen to me identify what character I was helping to engage him in.
I used the cards for both positive and negative behavior. I left them on the kitchen counter where they were easily accessible, and when Monkey was showing patience, for example, I brought the card out and rewarded him with praise based upon the insight the card gave. It was handy to have, because sometimes I can’t pull insightful thoughts right off the top of my head (especially after a long night with the new little peanut!). It also engages your child’s sight – they are looking at the cute picture on the card and are drawn to listen to you more directly. I kept it short and simple.
I also used the card for reinforcing good behavior when they showed negative behavior. I have always done this in the past, but the flash cards were a nice way after time outs to sit down quickly with the card and discuss more pointedly what Virtue we needed to work on, and what Monkey could have done differently next time.
They give you lots of other suggestions on their website and in the handy download that comes with it – this is just how we found that the cards worked best within our family. Have any of you used the whole We Choose Virtues system in your family? How did you incorporate the game? I found it was a handy little tool, and I was pleased with all the ideas and support they give with it!
We Choose Virtues was nice enough to give a promo if anyone is interested in trying out their products!
Disclaimer: We Choose Virtues gave me this set to review, but all the opinions related to it are my own, and are honest and true.