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Virtues and Character Education

Posted by on 14 June 2009

Miss K has always been taught right from wrong, how to use her manner and be a good person.  Sometimes though, it takes more than just teaching and practicing that.  It’s especially important for this day and time.

One thing that many homeschool families use is The Book of Virtues.  I’ve recently found some good materials online to go along with this book.  I’d like to share them with you in hopes that it might help with your lessons and discussions with the book.  First, there’s a lesson plan for approxomately 5th grade.  Next, the Shiver Academy, a homeschool family, has a complete lesson that you can get unit by unit on the right side of the page (if you have dial-up) or you can the entire lesson, but please note that it’s almost 1,000 pages.  It has worksheets, vocabulary, copywork, lapbook, and more!!  You’ll find the entire post dated June 8 or in the right column as I already stated.  There is a very thorough book list for children of all ages for characters, manners and virtue.  This is a lesson in PDF format that has some really good links for more in-depth studies.  You’ll find a Catholic lesson in PDF format for “Save Enviroment” that has to do with making right choices for grade 7.  There’s a bibliography of books, stories, and web sites for character education.  Here is a HTML version of a lesson that’s also avaialbe in DOC format.  This is for college level, but has some very interesting materials, as well as reading materials.  Here’s another list of character educataion literature.  There are some great complete lessons with printables for younger students.  Please note that this is prepared  by someone for the Baha’i, but other than a few quotes and other items, they’re just your basic lesson.  Don’t miss out on this material because of it since it can easily be eliminated and is very useful.  There’s another Catholic lesson plan for grades 4-6 where students will learn and recognize the 7 virtues.  You’ll also find a whole site devoted to good character with teaching guides for every grade level.  Here’s a lesson plan for the Character Counts manual and it’s a big PDF file!!  CurrClick has a unit study for sale on character education and here is their list of products you can purchase pertaining to character education.  This is a list of lessons and other materials under the theme of character education on “A to Z Teacher Stuff”. 

I think that about covers all the materials that I was able to find.  I know there’s more, but I’ve just started my planning for next year and this is what I have so far.  I hope you don’t miss out on some of these lessons because they’re Catholic or something else that you’re unfamiliar with.  All of them can be adapted to suit your use, but they’re a great place to start.  I’ll update if I find any other good materials on this topic!!

6 Responses to Virtues and Character Education

  1. PW

    I’m glad that I stumbled upon this blog. Thanks for the helpful links. I’ll look into them after we move.

  2. Deborah

    Thank you for the link to the book of virtues project. How awesome is that? Super good. 🙂 The best part is that I actually have the book – so I was super happy about that too. 🙂

  3. Debbie

    Yes, I went bonkers over all the links for this one. LOL

  4. apes

    Pretty cool post. I just stumbled upon your site and wanted to say that I’ve really liked browsing your blog posts.

    Anyway, I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

    • Elaine

      I’m getting caught up on some “housekeeping” and wanted to thank you for your comment. I hope you’re still enjoying the blog. The feed is definitely an easy way to keep up. Drop by again soon!!

  5. Sandra McLeod Humphrey

    I enjoyed reading your blog and if you’re interested in creating a literacy link to your character education discussions, you might be interested in my character education books which homeschooling parents frequently use to role-play various ethical dilemmas. You can check out my books and the ongoing essay contest on my website
    Thanks for the info about the Book of Virtues Project–I’m going to check it out.

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