Character building must be a priority in educating children. We cannot make it a priority with brief, hit-and-miss presentations. We cannot teach children, in a single lesson, to multiply correctly. Neither can we teach a character trait effectively with only one lesson.
The Character-Trait-of-the-Month Program settles down on one character trait for four consecutive lessons. It explores different aspects of the character trait, approaching it from different angles so that every child will grasp the meaning and begin to exercise the trait.
What is in the Character-Trait-of-the-Month Program?
- Stand-Alone Lessons: Each lesson for a given character trait begins with an affirmation about the trait – you get four affirmations per trait. Each lesson features a brief story of children in real-life situations. Large graphics capture attention during presentation.
- Weekly Assignments: Each weekly lesson ends with two age-appropriate assignment sheets: one for ages 3-7 and the other for ages 7 and up. These assignment sheets let children continue to learn at home, reviewing and reinforcing each lesson.
- Enrichment Books (optional): The Character-Trait-of-the-Month Program is enriched by books. You will want to read an exciting, purpose-written character book each month to continue attention on the focus trait. Make it easy for children to borrow enrichment books to read at home. Encourage parents to build a character library by ordering books. See our Character Catalog.
- Incentives and Awards (optional): Finally, the Character-Trait-of-the-Month Program motivates and rewards children. You work harder if you expect a wage increase or a bonus. Children, too, work harder with motivation and awards. Select items from our Character Books , stickers or trading cards to award children who show the most growth in the trait-of-the-month.
Click on a link below to open the desired lesson plan. For added information on a specific character trait you are teaching, type the character trait into the search box at the top of this page and click “GO.”
You will want to introduce parents to the Character-Trait-of-the-Month Program. Save time by sending home copies of this letter from the author. Send it as an attachment to your own email, or accompany hard copies with a brief note from you in the envelope.