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Christian Character-Trait-of-the-Month

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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.

Introductory Letter

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.

pdficon Introductory Letter to Parents  ←SAMPLE

Character Wall

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.

pdficonCharacter Walls

Respect

Respect

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.

pdficonLesson 01 – Respect Bows from the Heart (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 02 – Respect Uses the Whole Body (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 03 – Respect Means No Bullying or Name-Calling (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 04 – Respect Affects Looks (Ages 3-12)

pdficonTrading Card – Respect

Courage

Courage

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.

pdficonLesson 01 – Courage Stands Tall (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 02 – Courage Swims Alone (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 03 – Courage Writes in Stone (Ages 3-12)  ←SAMPLE

pdficonLesson 04 – Courage Settles Things (Ages 3-12)

pdficonTrading Card – Courage  ←SAMPLE

Integrity

Integrity

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.

pdficonLesson 01 – Integrity Always Matches (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 02 – Integrity Never Crosses Its Fingers (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 03 – Integrity Never Gives Poison (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 04 – Integrity Completes Puzzles (Ages 3-12)

pdficonTrading Card – Integrity

Loyalty

Loyalty

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.

pdficonLesson 01 – Loyalty Chooses Carefully (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 02 – Loyalty Stays Strong (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 03 – Loyalty Sticks Tight (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 04 – Loyalty Loves Country (Ages 3-12)

pdficonTrading Card – Loyalty

Responsibility

Responsibility

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.

pdficonLesson 01 – Responsibility Inspects (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 02 – Responsibility Finishes Well (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 03 – Responsibility Never Dodges (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 04 – Responsibility Answers (Ages 3-12)  ←SAMPLE

pdficonTrading Card – Responsibility  ←SAMPLE

Fairness

Fairness

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.

pdficonLesson 01 – Fairness Balances (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 02 – Fairness Does No Wrong (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 03 – Fairness Obeys Rules (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 04 – Fairness Is Selfless (Ages 3-12)

pdficonTrading Card – Fairness

Gratitude

Gratitude

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.

pdficonLesson 01 – Gratitude Observes (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 02 – Gratitude Speaks Thanks (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 03 – Gratitude Writes Thanks (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 04 – Gratitude Acts From the Heart (Ages 3-12)

pdficonTrading Card – Gratitude

Compassion

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.

pdficonLesson 01 – Compassion Opens Its Eyes (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 02 – Compassion Shares Feelings (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 03 – Compassion Helps (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 04 – Compassion Can Be Free (Ages 3-12)

pdficonTrading Card – Compassion

Obedience

Obedience

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.

pdficonLesson 01 – Obedience is Picky (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 02 – Obedience Wears Listening Ears (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 03 – Obedience Acts Fast (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 04 – Obedience Needs No Police (Ages 3-12)

pdficonTrading Card – Obedience

Patience

Patience

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.

pdficonLesson 01 – Patience Stays Cool (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 02 – Patience Waits Calmly (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 03 – Patience Never Rips Off Time Tags (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 04 – Patience Takes Time (Ages 3-12)

pdficonTrading Card – Patience

Self-Control

Self-Control

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.

pdficonLesson 01 – Self-Control Bosses Longings (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 02 – Self-Control Bosses Work (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 03 – Self-Control Bosses Play (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 04 – Self-Control Bosses My Tongue (Ages 3-12)  ←SAMPLE

pdficonTrading Card – Self-Control  ←SAMPLE

Love

Love

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.

pdficonLesson 01 – Love Feels (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 02 – Love Thinks (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 03 – Love Gives Self (Ages 3-12)  ←SAMPLE

pdficonLesson 04 – Love Acts Suitably (Ages 3-12)

pdficonTrading Card – Love  ←SAMPLE

Cooperation

Cooperation

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.

pdficonLesson 01 – Cooperation Makes Music (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 02 – Cooperation Needs Every Part (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 03 – Cooperation Listens (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 04 – Cooperation Pulls Its Weight (Ages 3-12)

pdficonTrading Card – Cooperation

Trustworthiness

Trustworthiness

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.

pdficonLesson 01 – Trustworthiness Knows (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 02 – Trustworthiness Lives in Truth (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 03 – Trustworthiness Keeps Promises (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 04 – Trustworthiness Never Lets Others Down (Ages 3-12)

pdficonTrading Card – Trustworthiness

Perseverance

Perseverance

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.

pdficonLesson 01 – Perseverance Takes Hold (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 02 – Perseverance Hangs On (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 03 – Perseverance Counts Costs (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 04 – Perseverance Works (Ages 3-12)

pdficonTrading Card – Perseverance

Kindness

Kindness

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.

pdficonLesson 01 – Kindness Empathizes (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 02 – Kindness Happifies (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 03 – Kindness Helps (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 04 – Kindness Sacrifices Self (Ages 3-12)

pdficonTrading Card – Kindness

Honesty

Honesty

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.

pdficonLesson 01 – Brain Honesty (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 02 – Heart Honesty (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 03 – Tongue Honesty (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 04 – Body Honesty (Ages 3-12)

pdficonTrading Card – Honesty

Punctuality

Punctuality

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.

pdficonLesson 01 – Punctuality Plans (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 02 – Punctuality Leaves Extra Time (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 03 – Punctuality Watches Time (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 04 – Punctuality Never Procrastinates (Ages 3-12)

pdficonBonus Lesson – Punctuality Respects Other People’s Time (Ages 3-12)

pdficonTrading Card – Punctuality

Peacefulness

Peacefulness

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.

pdficonLesson 01 – Peacefulness Stays Calm (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 02 – Peacefulness Gives Way (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 03 – Peacefulness Avoids Fights (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 04 – Peacefulness Stays Orderly (Ages 3-12)

pdficonTrading Card – Peacefulness

Sincerety

Sincerity

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.

pdficonLesson 01 – Sincerity is Never a Fake (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 02 – Sincerity Always Speaks Truth (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 03 – Sincerity Shows Real Interest (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 04 – Sincerity Wears No Mask (Ages 3-12)

pdficonTrading Card – Sincerity

Generosity

Generosity

“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.

pdficonLesson 01 – Generosity Has Open Hands (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 02 – Generosity Thinks (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 03 – Generosity Expects Nothing (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 04 – Generosity Gives Self (Ages 3-12)

pdficonTrading Card – Generosity

Joyfulness

Joyfulness

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.

pdficonLesson 01 – Joyfulness is a Choice (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 02 – Joyfulness Shines (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 03 – Joyfulness Expects the Sun (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 04 – Joyfulness Shows (Ages 3-12)

pdficonTrading Card – Joyfulness

Gentleness

Gentleness

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.

pdficonLesson 01 – Gentleness Controls Power (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 02 – Gentleness Rejects Violence (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 03 – Gentleness Makes Peace (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 04 – Gentleness Accepts Apologies (Ages 3-12)

pdficonTrading Card – Gentleness

Faithfulness

Faithfulness

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.

pdficonLesson 01 – Faithfulness Keeps Promises (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 02 – Faithfulness Sticks Tight (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 03 – Faithfulness Gets Involved (Ages 3-12)

pdficonLesson 04 – Faithfulness Stays True (Ages 3-12)

pdficonTrading Card – Faithfulness

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