Friday, February 6, 2015

Homeschool Edition: Character Curriculum Books

I had read for years about using character curriculum as part of school time, but until this past year I rather ignored it. I was busy enough, we already did Bible time, and to be honest it sounded a bit dull.

This year, however, I had a character-based book sitting around and figured - hey, might as well use it. Why not?

To my surprise, the children loved it! Loved it as in LOVED IT. It was a huge hit. They were begging for more! Who would have guessed?

Honestly, this was a big surprise to me. I always thought that children would hate character curriculum because of the obviously taught morals and lessons. But I was mistaken. They adored it, and I believe that it was a very positive part of our homeschool year.

Character curriculum is a keeper. 

Here is the book with which we started - Character Trails by Marilyn Boyer.

This book lists a number of character traits (generosity, etc.). Each trait has three short chapters illustrating the trait - one from the Bible, one from history, and one from the life of a modern family.

As I said, it was a huge hit!

After we finished "Character Trails," we moved on to Storytime with the Millers by Mildred Martin. Each chapter illustrates a particular lesson or character trait. It is is well-written and beautifully illustrated, and we loved it.

The Miller books are actually a series - we hope to collect more of these!

I should note that I've been trying to read this book to the family for years - this year is the first time that the 8yo has been mature enough to appreciate it. I'm so thankful he's finally able to enjoy chapter books!

After we finish this book (tomorrow), we'll be on the lookout for our next character curriculum book. I'm considering using the Amish series, "Ellie's People" (which I love!) or the Grandma's Attic series until something else turns up.

Readers, any suggestions? I'd love to hear them!

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  1. I don't have any suggestions that come to mind but we did enjoy the Millers series.

  2. My kids love our character training books, too. Isn't that funny? One they particularly enjoyed was called Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends by the Mally family.

    1. I've heard of that one! I haven't read it yet, but I'm hoping to find a copy somewhere. Believe me, we could use it around here. Oh, goodness - sibling relationships is something that I have NOT yet mastered. :)


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