I do not want to discount the importance and value of education. There are a great many much needed skills that we all gain from reading and writing and arithmetic; an understanding of science and history. A worldview if you will, in the things we learn. But what about character? We can know so many amazing and wonderful things; we can be captivating and have a head full of facts…But what good is it if we are “spoiled fruit” walking about? Little Lads and Ladies of Virtue is an answer to a very real need in the life and learning of our children.
As we raise our children, different ages bring about different needs. Different battles we must confront. My oldest has become a bit of a bully at times, towards his siblings. My middle child, he likes to tell on his siblings. And my youngest daughter? She is a force. I see great potential for good in all of these things yet they need to be confronted and the children need to learn and understand the good and bad; in this way we can encourage and seek out opportunities for growing those little quirks, if you will, into fabulous and powerful tools for His glory!
I was so excited to have the chance to review Little Lads & Ladies of Virtue. I have always enjoyed reading various posts from The Character Corner and I love how their mission is so focused on His word. “My goal is to help and encourage parents as they try to raise their kids to have Godly character, and to walk in purity. The focus is on pursuing and winning the heart of your children.” It is so important that we, and He, have their hearts. If we do not, what will?
I have spent about a week on this already; we are moving very slowly through it for a couple reasons. First of all, there is so much involved in each topic presented. For example; my son is a dreamer, he struggles with attentiveness. So fitting this was the first one in this curriculum 😛 There are copywork sheets for five days which are very basic instructions in how to be attentive. One says: “I will ask questions when I do not understand.” There is also a basic definition, simplistic enough, that a child can understand. The definition used for attentiveness is this: “… listening with the eyes, ears and heart.” And then there is a memory verse. I love it! First you read it, then you write it. And as an extra step with my oldest, we seek it in the Bible and highlight it with a nice thick green highlighter. 🙂
I love how each one is broken up into three days of learning. my son has a very short attention span so working with him can be a bit of a challenge at times. Many programs we have begun before have been put aside and are collecting dust because we just could not attend.Things were too complex, or a bit deeper than he was ready for. In some cases, it just did not “catch him” and while I want him to know that sometimes we do have to work with what we have, character is so important that I do not want to force it upon him. It needs to be an experience he can relate to; something fun and simple, yet also true to God’s word. It is so important for our children to understand the value of good, strong character, and also see it in God’s word. Because its about pleasing and loving our Lord in all we do. Not man, but God alone.
We need to be mindful not just of what and how our children learn but also the attitude with which they go about their day. This is a preschool and elementary character curriculum, with 24 weeks of studies. And the lessons are easy, and full of fun! Even my little ones (2 & 4) are able to partake in these! It’s never too early, or too late, to emulate His image and character.
I promise something there will bless you and your children abundantly.