Tuesday, January 24, 2012

TOS Review - We Choose Virtues

Reputation is what men and women think of us;
Character is what God and angels know of us.
Thomas Paine


When you look at Classic movies like Pollyanna or The Secret Garden one thing that sticks out is the character of the children. They are not perfect, but they are polite, kind, patient and obedient. Today there is almost an expectation to find children (and adults alike) who behave contrary to these character traits. We live in such fast and impatient societies that great virtues like these almost seem out of place. 

We all have room for improvement and I want our family to have character that will please God and lead to a good reputation.

Heather McMillan noticed the lack of self-control and perseverane amongst others in children in her care. Her heart was to help children to change and develop better skills and greater character which is long-lasting. Out of her passion to see kids develop their personal potential she created We Choose Virtues, a company with a team that is working together to produce products to help parents like you and me instill great character in our children. This is from the website:
"We Choose Virtues is not unit study that you use once and then move on from. It is actually a character development tool that you use  every day, every year. You introduce the Virtues, then demonstrate them, memorize the catchphrases, then learn the antonyms, then capture teachable moments when they are being used…or aren’t. You will be amazed how fast you will all learn to obey (not just learn what obedience is, but actually learn to obey!)…and 11 other Virtues too! There are 13 Parenting Cards, one card is the Butterfly and Caterpillar Card. It teaches that everyone was born able to change."

I especially like the last sentence: ...everyone was born able to change... 
To demonstrate this, We Choose Virtues uses the 'From Caterpillar to Butterfly' analogy. 

The tools include characters who represent the different virtues with a catchphrase for each virtue as well as antonyms for the virtues. 

It is very exciting to read the ABOUT section on their website to learn more about the team behind these products. 

As part of the TOS Review Crew I recently received the latest product of We Choose Virtues. The Virtue Clue Cards was sent to me free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion about this product. There was no other compensation.

The product:
There are many tools the company offers to help in character training including posters, teacher handbooks, assessments and memory verses among others. The products are aimed at various ages (kids - 3-11, youth - 12-18) as well as different groups (faith based or community / school and homeschool). Visit the product page HERE to see all the tools available.

I received a set of the Virtue Clue Cards which includes 13 brightly coloured cards including 12 virtue cards. Each card is a different colour and features a "I am" statement of a virtue, a virtue character (lovely colourful graphics), catchphrase, antonyms that you are NOT and a challenge on the opposite side. These cards are aimed at kids from 3 -11 years old. 


I am Attentive

The price:
Currently the set of Virtue Clue Cards retails for US$5.99 (a 25% discount off the usual US$7.95)

The procedure (or how we used it):
The kids were very eager to look at the cards and read them all in the car. They went through each virtue and commented on how well they managed each virtue. The challenge on 9 of the 12 cards starts with "Choose to go the whole day ..." The kids especially commented on which of the virtues they have been able to practice the whole day. 

We read through different virtues several mornings and talked about why the specific virtues are important as well as the consequences of not using those virtues. We read through the memory verses and the kids chose which virtue to work on for the day. It is amazing how kids rise to a challenge specifically when they choose it themselves. 

These cards will definitely remain part of my everyday training of the kids (as well as a challenge to myself). One of the things I like about We Choose Virtues is that it offers a Family Character Assessment (this is available as a free download HERE). Each member of the family assesses where he/she is at regarding a certain virtue (1 (not so good) to 10) and then chooses which virtues to work on. 


I believe it is important for our children to know that we need to change too! (and it is fun for them to point out to mum that she needs to be more patient!)

I also received a downloadable colouring book (retails for US$3.00) with a page for each character to colour in, 


as well as a 56-page Teacher's Handbook as a PDF download. The handbook suggests different ways to use some of the tools in a classroom or homeschool setting and also suggests some activities that can be done with the children to emphasise certain virtues. Currently the Teacher's Handbook retails for US$4.99 for the PDF and US$19.99 for the hardcopy.


The promo codes and specials:
For the months of January/February the 100 Days of Virtue Poster and Stickers will be included FREE with any Homeschool Kit purchase.

See the CLEARANCE category HERE for discounts (while stock lasts).

Here are two promo codes you can use. These codes can only be used ONE AT A TIME.

  • VIRTUE15 for 15 % off the shopping cart
  • SHIPFREE for free worldwide shipping

We Choose Virtues is a product which will be an asset to any home! Check them out on FaceBook HERE.

As with any review this was my personal opinion and one of many. You can read  HERE what my fellow Crew Mates thought of the We Choose Virtue Clue Cards! 


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