Growing Character: ideas for character training

For Bible, we have been focusing on learning different character traits. To reinforce our character training, I made a poster for the kids with a garden theme.

As we learn a trait, I paste a flower into the garden (on the flower is written the definition we have memorized as well as the reference to the Bible verse we learned).

During the day, I watch for the kids to demonstrate one of our traits; and when one of them is doing a good job, he/she gets to water the flower with a watering can, attached to the poster with velcro dots.

Watering cans attached with velcro dots (I have their names covered)

What we’ve learned so far:

To be attentive is to listen and to do. Luke 11:28

To be determined is to do what I must do, no matter how hard the task. Phil. 4:13

To be faithful is to do what is expected, when it is expected. Luke 16:11

To be obedient is to happily do what I am told. Numbers 15:39

To have compassion is to have a loving heart and servant’s hands. 1 Peter 3:8

We work on memorizing the Bible verses and definitions for about 4 weeks, and then continually review. If there is a song that includes the idea behind the character trait, we learn that, too. This has been an extremely enriching time with the kids. Though I don’t teach a Bible story during this time with them, I will often refer to the stories they’ve recently learned either in Sunday School or in our family devotion time.

Then, throughout the day, I have the opportunity to praise them for their character not simply their actions. Also, when they have not shown that trait, I have a Biblical reference point to go to with them.

How does your garden grow? What activities have you done with your little ones to teach them the Bible? Please share your ideas in the comments.

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Our life is creative chaos, and our homeschool is loud and busy and distracted and challenging and lovely. My name is Tracy, and I homeschool my crew of three kids with ADHD/dyslexia, finding creative ways to use their strengths to teach their weaknesses. As a homeschooled homeschooler, I love customizing curriculum and making adjustments to incorporate fun, hands-on projects for out-of-the-box learners. Stop by to find grace for the messes and mistakes, and knowledge to pick up the pieces and make something special. Let’s grow together!

One thought on “Growing Character: ideas for character training

  1. I love this idea. It is always wonderful to hear about values and character traits being taught in the home. I really love this idea & I am going to try it out with my little ones.
    Thanks for sharing it and linking up to my “All Things Wonderful” link party. I hope you will come back again.
    Take care,

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