“…she realized that she wanted to teach children how to change. Not just a momentary change of actions, but a more lasting change in their attitudes as well. Her observation is that children needed to be inspired by simple, positive and consistent instructions, and parents and teachers needed an effective language with which to communicate these instructions.
It was out of this necessity that Heather created the original list of virtues and their unforgettable catchphrases. She used them at home with their four children, taught them in her own Preschool classroom, introduced them to fellow teachers, parents, and professional counselors.” – from website.
How it works is that you introduce the virtues, demonstrate them, memorize the catchphrases, then learn the antonyms, and capture teachable moments in which the virtue is or isn’t being used. The parent or teacher cards actually have teaching tips and such on them. (see photo)
I haven’t used those, but we did receive a Teacher’s handbook PDF that gave us some tips.
We also received the Kids of VirtueVille Coloring Book. It is available on the We Choose Virtues website for $3.00 as a download only. In it are coloring pages of all the kids. I haven’t printed it out, but it would be a nice go-along and I know Bear would love it.
To help us with our experience with the Virtue Clues, Heather sent us PDFs of 2 freebies (a family character assessment and the Kids Memory verses, Bible Heroes and Truths) that are always available as downloads from the store and the Teacher’s handbook ($4.95 for the PDF download or $15.00 for the print copy). The Teacher’s handbook made a huge difference in how we used the cards (before I came up with what we are doing now with the cards – see near the end of the post), but what I would most love to try are the parenting cards. Those have the activities and teachings to do for each virtue. I love the Virtue Clues for the reasons listed above, but while the Virtue Clues are fun, alone (without the rest of the We Choose Virtues products – specifically the teaching cards) they may not be enough to instill the virtues in my children. Of course, the Virtue Clues are MEANT to be used IN CONJUNCTION with the rest of the We Choose Virtues curriculum. Not having reviewed or used any of the other parts of the curriculum, I can’t say whether the Virtue Clues are a necessary part of the curriculum, but we love them and have adapted them so they can be useful without the parenting cards. Have they changed the behaviors in my children? Not completely. I didn’t expect them too, not when I still struggle with some of those virtues! However, they have made Bear more aware of what some virtues are and how she should act, or not act, for each virtue.
I am saving up for a light table for the children, so although I really, really want the parenting cards (I wonder how good the teaching tips and activities are?) and may purchase them in the future, I can’t right now. Instead, I modified some resources I already had (Parenting with Scripture and the PDF Heather sent of the Memory verses, Bible Heroes and Truths) to make my Virtue Clues more useful for us. In case you are curious as to what exactly we do: We choose a virtue, read the pages from Parenting with Scripture that best fit, then memorize the memory verse from the PDF. I also read the story of whichever Bible hero is assigned to the virtue.
The Virtue Clues are $5.99 for 13 cards in a nice carrying pouch. They were shipped in a padded envelope too!
Disclaimer: I received these cards in exchange for this review. No other compensation was received. The opinions expressed are my own.