Christian character building must be a priority in educating children for God. 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.
In addition, we cannot do it as we ought if we rely solely on the world’s materials. The world’s educators have gotten together and settled on a group of traits they considered necessary for good character. They decided by consensus. Christians do not decide by consensus. They decide by study of God’s Word, which contains the traits of Christian character He requires.
We cannot engage in character building with the world’s goals, either. The world’s educators have determined that character traits should be presented to children who are then encouraged to sort out their own values. God sets absolute values to which he requires conformity.
The Christian Character-Trait-of-the-Month Program knows that everything we do must be done to the glory of God. To that end, it 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. It shows the trait in God’s Word, and defines it by God’s definition. It draws illustrations of the trait (or its lack) from God’s Word.
What is in the Christian Character-Trait-of-the-Month Program?
• Stand-Alone Lessons: Each lesson for a given character trait begins with a Scripture verse or affirmation – you get four verses / 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 Christian 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 of books that are purpose-written for building character according to Biblical absolutes.
• Incentives and Awards (optional): Finally, the Christian Character-Trait-of-the-Month Program motivates and rewards children. Just as adults work harder if a wage increase or a bonus is at stake, children 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 bottom of this page and click on the looking glass.
You will want to introduce parents to the Christian 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.
Introductory Letter to Parents ←SAMPLE
Christian Character Walls
The Christian Character-Trait-of-the-Month Program centers on building a protective fort of strong Christian character walls using character trait building blocks. This introductory lesson to the program contains all instructions and templates you will need for the ongoing building of a character wall on your bulletin board or other large surface. Keep the traits before your students with this graphic representation. Use it for review, to show progress, and to motivate.
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.
Lesson 01 – Obedience is Picky (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 02 – Obedience Wears Listening Ears (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 03 – Obedience Acts Fast (Ages 3-12)
Lesson 04 – Obedience Needs No Police (Ages 3-12)
Trading Card – Obedience
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