They come to us in many shapes, sizes, and ages – children and teenagers who need to build strong character. It’s our job to help them build it, here a little, there a little. We ourselves must live the qualities first, and then help them understand what we live. This program makes that easier for you and them. Captivating stories and pictures, with take-home reinforcement get in under youth radar – and work! Imagine the positive behavior changes that will improve the lives of your young people as well as your life!
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.
The Character-Trait-of-the-Month Program centers on building strong character walls using character trait building blocks. This short introduction to the program contains all instructions and templates you will need for building a character wall on your bulletin board or other large surface.
The exercise of respect involves much more than basic politeness. Children must learn whom to respect; how respect impacts bullying / name-calling; how to show respect in everyday life; and more. These four lessons, with assignments, give a comprehensive grasp of this trait.
Lesson 01 – Respect Bows from the Heart (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 02 – Respect Uses the Whole Body (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 03 – Respect Means No Bullying or Name-Calling (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 04 – Respect Affects Looks (Ages 3-12)
Trading Card – Respect
Many people confuse the character trait of courage with bravery, but the two are very different. Children must learn that difference and build the correct kind of courage into their lives – the kind that operates 24/7/365. Upon completion of this 4-part unit, children should be exercising this trait daily.
Integrity seems like a difficult character trait to present, especially when you must teach it to younger children. It doesn’t have to be difficult, however, and these four lessons, with assignments, help every age from three through twelve understand exactly what it means.
Lesson 01 – Integrity Always Matches (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 02 – Integrity Never Crosses Its Fingers(Ages 3-12)
Lesson 03 – Integrity Never Gives Poison (Ages 3-12)
Loyalty is a character trait most children can understand readily. Your task will be to help them delineate between practical, demanding loyalty and a saccharine, emotion-oriented version of the trait. Set a goal to have all involved exercising loyalty properly by the end of the month.
Lesson 01 – Loyalty Chooses Carefully (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 02 – Loyalty Stays Strong (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 03 – Loyalty Sticks Tight (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 04 – Loyalty Loves Country (Ages 3-12)
Trading Card – Loyalty
Responsibility may be the best-recognized character trait. It accomplishes great things. It finds out what a duty or task involves, works to fulfill it completely, and makes no excuses. Children grasp the trait eagerly with these four exciting lessons and assignments.
Lesson 01 – Responsibility Inspects (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 02 – Responsibility Finishes Well (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 03 – Responsibility Never Dodges (Ages 3-12)
The concept of fairness is often misunderstood. Children must learn that rules (and laws) affect everyone the same. They must learn that fairness avoids favoritism – but they must learn more. These four lessons, with assignments, provide a comprehensive grasp of this trait.
Lesson 01 – Fairness Balances (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 02 – Fairness Chooses Right (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 03 – Fairness Obeys Rules (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 04 – Fairness Is Selfless (Ages 3-12)
Trading Card – Fairness
Compassion – Caring
Compassion includes sending food to under-privileged children. Certainly. It includes actions that are much more everyday, too. Children learn, in these four lessons, the prerequisite for compassion, and how to exercise this trait consistently in many diverse ways and situations.
Obedience is vital to safety and well-being. It also makes families, schools, and society run smoothly. Children who learn to obey in the right way are happier and safer by far than those who do not. Use all four lessons, with assignments, for maximum effectiveness.
Patience keeps slipping out of a character wall. Children and adults alike think they have built patient, only to meet new circumstances that test the trait’s strength. Children need to learn that patience has many facets. These lessons and assignments help them do that.
Lesson 01 – Patience Stays Cool (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 02 – Patience Waits Calmly (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 03 – Patience Never Rips Off Time Tags (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 04 – Patience Takes Time (Ages 3-12)
Trading Card – Patience
Everyone enjoys bossing others to some degree. It is important that children learn to boss themselves: appetites, play, work, things they do, and things they refrain from doing. They should learn to control self rather than be controlled by other people or forces. Work toward regular exercise of this trait.
Love is the most important of all character traits. As motor oil keeps engines running smoothly, love keeps every relationship running as it ought. Children who learn to exercise authentic love are happier and better adjusted members of society. Four lessons, with assignments, give you maximum results.
Understanding cooperation is a beginning – but only a beginning. Teach children to crave cooperation in their lives, and to take action to exercise it consistently each day. These four lessons, complete with assignments, will help you reap the benefits in your home or school.
Lesson 01 – Cooperation Makes Music (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 02 – Cooperation Needs Every Part (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 03 – Cooperation Listens (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 04 – Cooperation Pulls Its Weight (Ages 3-12)
Trading Card – Cooperation
You know how important it is that people in your life exercise trustworthiness. This character quality greatly improves life for children, and fits them for productive adult lives as well. Four lessons, with exciting assignments, help children learn to build this trait.
Lesson 01 – Trustworthiness Knows (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 02 – Trustworthiness Lives in Truth (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 04 – Trustworthiness Never Lets Others Down (Ages 3-12)
Trading Card – Trustworthiness
The exercise of perseverance often makes the difference between success and failure. Who would not want children and teenagers to learn, appreciate, and practice such a powerful character trait? These four lessons, with assignments, give a comprehensive grasp of perseverance.
Lesson 01 – Perseverance Takes Hold (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 02 – Perseverance Hangs On (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 03 – Perseverance Counts Costs (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 04 – Perseverance Works (Ages 3-12)
Trading Card – Perseverance
The exercise of kindness is greatly lacking today. Children need to show kindness to one another, rejecting such behaviors as bullying and name-calling. They need to show kindness to every age person. These lessons, with assignments, help them learn how.
Lesson 01 – Kindness Empathizes (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 02 – Kindness Happifies (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 03 – Kindness Helps (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 04 – Kindness Sacrifices Self (Ages 3-12)
Trading Card – Kindness
Honesty is a part of integrity, but here we present four facets of honesty itself. Children learn how to apply honesty in every part of life, producing a full-bodied, complete character trait. Two age-appropriate assignments review each lesson and reinforce its concepts.
Lesson 01 – Brain Honesty (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 02 – Heart Honesty (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 03 – Tongue Honesty (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 04 – Body Honesty (Ages 3-12)
Trading Card – Honesty
Punctuality revolutionizes life, and its presence in the classroom or home works amazing environmental changes. Build punctuality in the lives of young people. Teach four essential components of this character trait with four rich lessons, each with two targeted assignments.
Lesson 01 – Punctuality Plans (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 02 – Punctuality Leaves Extra Time (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 03 – Punctuality Watches Time (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 04 – Punctuality Never Procrastinates (Ages 3-12)
Bonus Lesson – Punctuality Respects Other People’s Time (Ages 3-12)
Trading Card – Punctuality
People everywhere long for more peacefulness in life, but children who are urged to produce peace do not know how. These lessons give them clear examples of how anyone, young or old, can exercise peacefulness consistently. Upon completion of this 4-part unit, expect children to exercise this trait daily.
How does one show sincerity in life? Children learn four things about sincerity, beginning with the need to be a real person, authentic throughout. Completing all four lessons, they develop ability to recognize sincerity and begin to exercise it consistently in daily life.
Lesson 01 – Sincerity is Never a Fake (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 02 – Sincerity Always Speaks Truth (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 03 – Sincerity Shows Real Interest (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 04 – Sincerity Wears No Mask (Ages 3-12)
Trading Card – Sincerity
Gratitude is often a neglected character trait. Self-absorbed, many of us fail to observe things others do for us each day. Gratitude observes, and takes action to show full appreciation through words and deeds. Children can readily understand and learn to practice gratitude.
Lesson 01 – Gratitude Observes (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 02 – Gratitude Speaks Thanks (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 03 – Gratitude Writes Thanks (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 04 – Gratitude Acts From The Heart (Ages 3-12)
Trading Card – Gratitude
“One cannot be too generous. Very few try; and none succeed.” (Percival C. Wren). Four captivating lessons, with assignments, help children understand aspects of this trait, apply it to their lives, and conform daily behavior to freely give resources for the good of others.
Many of us hold a distorted view of joyfulness. Children must learn that joyfulness differs from happiness. It is much more than a feeling of pleasure brought on by circumstances. These four lessons, with assignments, study various aspects of this very proactive trait.
Lesson 01 – Joyfulness is a Choice (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 02 – Joyfulness Shines (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 03 – Joyfulness Expects the Sun (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 04 – Joyfulness Shows (Ages 3-12)
Trading Card – Joyfulness
Gentleness is often misunderstood as weakness. Children need to learn that gentleness requires strength and courage, and benefits them with more peaceful lives. The first lesson is a great antidote to bullying. In all, these four lessons, with assignments, build better relationships.
Lesson 01 – Gentleness Controls Its Power (Ages 3-12)
Picture a society in which faithfulness was widespread. What a difference! Children who build this trait early in life are more likely to succeed in every area of life. Easy to teach, these four lessons help every age from three through twelve become more faithful.