Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Teaching Virtues to Young Ones with Ease {A Little Lads and Ladies Review and Giveaway}

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What are all these silly smiles about?  Joy, of course!  More precisely, they are about my prekinder and elementary-aged kiddoes enjoying activities from the "joyfulness" lesson in the Little Lads and Ladies of Virtue curriculum that I received in exchange for an honest review.  (A curriculum that you can win in the giveaway at the end of this post!)

What Is Little Lads and Ladies of Virtue?

Kathie Morrissey, from the Character Corner, put together an effective and easy-to-use character curriculum for preschool and early elementary-age children when she created Little Lads and Ladies of Virtue.  Better still, she did so with moms and dads in mind.  For, each of the daily lessons in Little Lads and Ladies of Virtue is one that can be shared with youngsters in but 5-15 minutes -- which perfect for busy moms and dads as well as for children with limited attention spans!

Used as designed, this character curriculum presents 24 character qualities over the course of six months, using five brief, yet effective lessons a week.  Lessons include:

  • a definition of each character trait
  • Biblical memory verses for each trait
  • 3 "I Will" statements per character trait that exemplify how the trait can be applied in daily life
  • a variety of games, object lessons, prayers and role plays that help children understand and apply what they are learning

A reward chart and coloring pages are also included in the curriculum.  Plus, you can purchase a supplementary copywork e-book.

How We've Been Using the Curriculum

Since it is spring, we have spring ourselves from most indoor learning and are spending the bulk of our days outside diving into experiential learning on field trips.  That means we have yet to dive into the Little Lads and Ladies Copywork that I printed out when I first received my review copy of the curriculum.  We have plans to do so soon.


In the meantime, I have been weaving portions of the Little Lads and Ladies of Virtue into our conversations while driving, walking or picnicking as well as enjoying activities from it during our post-dinner intentional times.

Sometimes, we spread the lessons out as intended.  Other times we take ideas from all five days of lessons on a particular virtue and weave them into a longer session of fun and virtue-exercise! 

For example, the other day, the presiding priest at our local Mass focused on the idea of joy during his homily.  Thus, I pulled out the joyfulness lessons from Little Lads and Ladies of Virtue that night and had some fun with the kids.  First, we reviewed the definition and "I Will" statements for "joyfulness".  Then,  we made up silly rhythmic chants and tunes to bring the joyfulness verse to life.

From there, we practiced making grumpy and joyful faces as we enacted different scenarios.

We also tossed a stuffed bunny around while practicing how to turn grumpy outlooks into joyful outlooks.

Finally, we wound down with coloring a related printable picture from the e-book.

Who Might Enjoy Little Lads and Ladies of Virtue?

Obviously, my children and I are enjoying the lessons in Little Lads and Ladies of Virtue, and, I dare say, anyone with young children might do the same -- homeschoolers or not. Truly, I think the curriculum is worth looking into for any home, church program or school.

The lessons are brief enough that they can easily be slipped into daily life or, perhaps, even woven into club or classroom lesson activities.  They include a wide variety of multi-sensory activities and require little to no preparation and only materials you might find around your home or classroom.

Want to Try Little Lads and Ladies of Virtue?

You can learn more about Little Lads and Ladies of Virtue and access the table of contents and a free sample chapter on Attentiveness at the Character Corner.  The e-book is currently $9.  The accompanying copywork e-book is $5.  or, you can get both the e-book and the copywork e-book for $12.

You can also enter to win the e-book as a part of the Grand Prize Giveaway for the book's launch! 

Or, you can win a copy here!  Kathie graciously has offered to give one copy of the Little Lads and Ladies of Virtue e-book away to a Training Happy Hearts reader.  So, I am having a 3-day giveaway!  Enter below.

Enter to Win a Copy of the Little Lads and Ladies of Virtue E-book Now

One lucky Training Happy Hearts Winner will receive an e-copy of the book.  Winner will be notified on 5/30 and will have 24 hours to respond.

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How do you help your children learn about and exercise virtues?

DISCLOSURE:  I received a free copy of this product in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way.   All opinions I have expressed are my own or that of my family.  Because my family uses and enjoys the product, I have chosen to become an affiliate for the Little Lads and Ladies of Virtue E-book and may receive a percentage of sales should anyone click through links in this post to make a purchase.  I am disclosing all this in accordance with the FTC regulations.  


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