Welcome to Character-in-Action

You have entered a land where Character rules. You may have planned to visit, or you may have stumbled across our border. Either way, we welcome you, and hope you will enjoy your stay. Teachers find exciting Character Education materials here. From purpose-written books to attention-getting lesson plans to unusual activities and songs – we provide a wide range of helps. Join a Preferred Membership program, or order a la carte. Either way, we will partner with you in teaching character to any age. Parents, business people, and community leaders use our materials to train those for whom they have responsibility. Others use them for personal character building. Take time to look around and, if you don’t see what you need, contact us.

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    Redeeming the First Minute

    You teach the way you teach…. You always start the school year that way…. You see no point in buying back a mere minute….

    Ah, but first impressions are lasting!

    What if a couple of secrets injected into the first minute could make a tremendous difference in the entire school year? Would you want to learn those secrets?

    Let us look at them together.

    Secret #1 – Give Character Building First Place

    You will become more effective, and increase academic achievement exponentially, by positioning character building in that first minute. As students enter your classroom for the first time, you show them that moral values take priority. You place character building on a pedestal, and “sell” students on it.

    Famous educator Dr. Laurence J. Peter (1919-1990) once said, “A rut is a grave with the ends knocked out.”

    The rut of starting your school year in the same old way can thwart success. Teaching high moral values from the first minute […]

    Bulletin Boards with Flair

    A bulletin board can act as a powerful teaching tool, or it can merely sit there as a pathetic contrivance. You might welcome the challenge of designing a bulletin board, and always create exciting boards that students love. Then again, you might dread the task, and procrastinate until you simply have to throw something at that blank expanse.

    Love or hate the task, you will not escape the fact that your bulletin board is a bold advertisement. It tells students about you and about your lesson material. Design a bulletin board with flair, and you will more easily sell both yourself and your subject matter. Students will automatically attribute to you and your teaching the flair of the bulletin board, so you will get better results. You must follow through with quality in other areas, of course, but begin with bulletin boards that have flair.

    Character education bulletin boards are especially important, since they sell traits […]

    Bulletin Boards with Curb Appeal

    Bulletin boards are like houses – they need curb appeal.

    Curb appeal is a home’s attractiveness on the outside. It’s what potential buyers see from the curb. If a home’s curb appeal makes a good first impression, buyers will be eager to see what’s inside.

    The two photos below show the same house. Does the addition of “curb appeal” change the first impression? Are you more likely to be excited about the inside of the first or the second home?

    Bulletin Boards with Curb Appeal

    A drab, uninviting house turns people away. Boost its curb appeal, and it invited people to see what’s inside. It makes them eager to get more detail.

    Bulletin boards are like houses – they need curb appeal. Do your bulletin boards have it? If you have a finished bulletin board on the wall right now, look at it. Does it have curb appeal? Does it make a […]

    Preferred Membership Options

    You get great benefits when you join our Preferred Membership. A wealth of ready-to-use materials is yours to download and print immediately. It’s easy! It’s fast! You save money and time! Simply compare our four (4) membership levels, choose the one that fits you best, and get started today.

    ctm_membership_box_graphicYour “Character-Trait-of-the-Month” membership allows you to access a full 96 different, captivating lessons covering 24 character traits! Use each ready-to-teach lesson as is, or cater it quickly to a specific age group from preschool through middle school. You can teach one character trait each month for two full years without repeating a single lesson. Of course, most students aren’t in class more than nine or ten months each year. By the time you need to repeat, students will have forgotten the exciting stories, the full-color pictures, the assignments, and the activities. YOU will be remembered, though, as the teacher who makes Character Education an exciting class every week.

    Your membership is “lifetime”, so you don’t have to hurry to download everything at once. However, it is also non-transferable and we reserve the right to cancel your membership if you give access to others.

    Prevent Bullying ProgramYou will have the tools, with our extraordinary “Prevent Bullying Program” membership, to prevent, reduce, and even eradicate bullying! Each time you present one of these motivating, out-of-the-ordinary lessons to young people, you seize an ugly block from the bullies’ fortress wall and fill the breach with a solid block of character. Using downloadable, ready-to-use lessons that are proactive rather than reactive, you conquer the fortress and destroy bullying! Whatever age group you teach, in a public school, in a private school, in the community, or at home, this membership can help you instill strong character traits that kill bullying at its roots.

    Your membership is “lifetime”, so you don’t have to hurry to download every lesson in a day. However, it is also non-transferable and we reserve the right to cancel your membership if you give access to others.

    Basic Level MembershipYou get something in our “Basic Level” membership that you can’t buy anywhere else. Along with amusing videos, great lesson plans, activities, service activities, hundreds of articles, and much more, you get a CHARACTER BUILDERS’ eCOURSE! For six (6) months, a weekly lesson on character building will be delivered to your e-mail in box at no extra cost. This eCourse gives you an abundance of background material on individual character traits. You will find that you better understand the traits you teach. You will strengthen your own character, too. As your students see your character growing, what will they do? Many will follow your example.

    Your membership is “lifetime”, so you don’t have to hurry to download every lesson in a day. However, it is also non-transferable and we reserve the right to cancel your membership if you give access to others.

    Character Companions MembershipYou will be “THE BEST” teacher or parent with our highly popular “Character Companions Level” membership. Children in the 3-to-8-year-old age group simply adore the thirteen (13) exciting books, the songs, the full-color picture charts, the crafts, the activities, and – well, everything you get here! This is an elementary teacher’s “go-to” membership for a complete, downloadable Character Education program. A downloadable teacher’s manual accompanies each downloadable-and-printable 32-page book. You get a fully annotated text, song sheets, seat work, assignments, and even tests. Oh, and you can download the songs in MP3 format so your youngsters can sing along!

    Your membership is “lifetime”, so you will not have to hurry to download the books and other materials in a day. However, it is also non-transferable and we reserve the right to cancel your membership if you give access to others.

    Browse Our Main Categories

    Character Books

    With Aristotle, we see story telling as the most effective teaching method, and offer character-teaching stories. Learn More >

    Character Catalog

    If you aren’t sure what book you need, browse the catalog. If you already know, order it quickly. Learn More >

    Character Blog

    You’re bound to find a hot topic in our blog, designed to convey information and stimulate conversation. Learn More >

    Memberships

    Preferred Membership is a deliberate, thoughtful choice to be the best character builder you can be. Learn More >

    Why Choose Us

    • You save time, energy, and money because we do most of the work for you!
    • You get the absolute results you need because we communicate absolute values!
    • You get materials that are all prepared by a career teacher/principal/published author!
    • You get thoroughly tested materials that are used successfully at every grade level!
    • You get a thought-provoking program that encourages 66 rather than a mere 6 traits.

    What Client’s Say

    I was very excited to discover your program. The animals are cute, the lessons well planned. It is exactly what I was looking for to teach character to my children. We love the books and I have already begin recommending them to my friends! Thank you for this awesome opportunity!.
    C. Foronda, New Zealand
    I am particularly impressed with the beauty and richness of the language of your series. Rich, colorful imagery and warmly personalized narrative combine with natural dialogue to engage and delight the reader. … little animal characters romp across the pages with a vibrancy, verve and a level of reflection, easily modeled by young audiences.
    Dr. P. Noda, Eastern Michigan University
    I really enjoyed your books and the message they provide students. They can be such a wonderful resource for me in the future. It seems that character education is not being taught at home anymore and it is left up to the schools to implement programs.
    C. Newby, Kentucky
    I have reviewed many websites and libraries reviewing materials on Character Education. I was really impressed by the information your site had and the material and resources available. I would like to be able to use this information and then promote it to area schools here in our area because like I said, good resources are hard to come by!
    S. Whitley, North Carolina teacher
    I just finished reading the books and they are wonderful. —just what we need for Character Counts! Thanks!
    O. Saupe, Sicily - elementary counselor
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