Little Log Cottage School

Virtue Garden: Lessons in Character


Even with the best academic instruction, a person with poor character will have a hard time succeeding in life.  The following character unit was inspired by a lesson I read in the book, Bonding With Children Through Boundaries.

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Virtue Garden

“A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being.”  Are you struggling with character development in your home?  As parents it’s our job to instill critical character traits in our children.  We can start teaching this even with children as young as 2.

There are many great programs out there to help us out with this great task, but I really liked the way June Hunt described how her niece teaches character development in her book “Bonding With Your Child through Boundaries”.

I put together a 10 week lesson unit based on this idea.  We only spent about 20 minutes each day discussing these virtues with little activities to help anchor the content.  Plus I added scripture to help support each virtue.

Here’s how it works:

    1. Learn the definition of each character.
    2. Look up in the Thesaurus synonyms to go along with each character.
    3. Look up antonyms in the Thesaurus to help us know NOT what to do.
    4. Design your own petal for each virtue.
    5. Add a petal to your flower once each virtue becomes a habit.
    6. Display your child’s progress in a room for everyone to see.

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My kids have loved earning petals and have praised each other when they see a virtue in others. Every morning they count their petals and encourage each other to earn more.

Here’s a PDF of how we used this program in our home.  I hope it can be helpful to your family!  Just click below to DOWNLOAD!

Virture Garden Unit

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