The Parenting Cards (also available in KJV) are 8.5 x 5.5 inches in size, with glossy print on cardstock. They are sturdy, but I laminated mine because paper things don’t last long in my house. Each card discusses a virtue, and features a Virtue Kid. The cards themselves are full of lots of information pertaining to the specific virtue. The front of the card shows the virtue, a related catchphrase, the Virtue Kid, and a related Bible memory verse. the backside of the cards contain the most information. Here you’ll find:
- Virtue User Challenge: Challenge you whole family to work on the virtue
- What to Say After “I’m Sorry”: Learn ways to apologize when you break the virtue rules
- Teachable Moments: Several ideas on how to implement the virtue into your everyday lives
- The Kids of VirtueVille: A short story featuring the virtue’s “Virtue Kid” with examples on how not to behave
The following virtues are covered by the Parenting Cards:
The Download Bundle contains 5 products: a teacher’s handbook, family character assessment, coloring book, butterfly award, and sing-along-song sheets.
The teacher’s handbook is 56 pages long, and covers in detail how to teach each virtue. It also discusses the products that are related to the Parenting cards, and how to implement their usage with the cards.
The Family Character Assessment is a printable form used to determine where each family member currently stands character-wise with each virtue. One form should be completed for each family member. This is a good way to set goals for each person to improve on their character.
The coloring book contains a coloring page for each virtue card. This is a good way to reinforce each virtue with younger children. The coloring pages each feature a Virtue Kid. The end of the coloring book has 3 puzzle pages. These are better for older children, especially the word search page (Man, I am a sucker for word searches!).
The butterfly award download is simply beautiful. It’s a reproducible designed to be given to a child when they’ve successfully learned a character quality and continuously used it in everyday life.
The sing-along-song sheets are to be colored and sung along to, with the tune to be used listed on the top of the page.
The Parenting Cards were very easy to add into our Group Time. You can get a lot done with the cards in just 10-15 minutes per day. I started with the Obedience card, because my kids tend to laze when I ask them to do something. Delayed obedience is disobedience. So, this is a virtue I really wanted us to work hard on. I would like to be able to get some of the accessories to go with the cards soon, because these additional tools will really help drive the point home. After the Virtue Kid story on the back of the cards is a question…”Why is that…do you think?” This question opened up a lot of discussion for us around the table during Group Time. It also helps build some thinking skills, because the kids took time to think about why each virtue was important. Some of the teachable moments are like games, but they all help make understanding the virtue easier. We discussed each virtue’s Bible memory verse a little each day, although I think in the future I think we’ll do them as copy work to help with memorization. The front of the cards also list antonyms of each virtue, so it’s easy to say how we should not act. I haven’t been diligent in trying to teach virtues in my children before recently, so it was a bit harder to get the older kids to stick with what we covered. However, at 5, Lucas really retained a lot of what he learned It’s something that you need emphasize throughout the day, every day.
I love the ease of use of the Parenting Cards. They are a great size for everyone to see, and beautifully illustrated. I really love the related Bible verses. They are great for having a scripture to go straight to when you discuss a virtue. I do suggest that you start character training when your children are on the younger side, because once they get older, it’s harder to break their bad habits. My older kids were less interested in the cards than Lucas, although they did still glean from them. I can already see that this is a positive addition for our family, and I will continue to use them and other tools as part of character training. They are super easy to incorporate into Group Time if this is something you already do. They would also be great to use at church or a homeschool co-op setting.
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