Thursday, October 20, 2011

We Choose Virtues ~ Review & GIVEAWAY!

I don't know about you but one of the challenges of raising children is teaching them what good person is and how to be one. A few weeks ago I stumbled upon We Choose Virtues and was instantly impressed. I was so impressed that I did something I have never done before. I contacted a company and asked if I could review their product! Not only did Heather (the owner of We Choose Virtues) allow me to review a couple of their products she is also allowing me to giveaway these products! Read on to learn more about We Choose Virtues and to enter the giveaway (and to find some awesome coupon codes)!
What is We Choose Virtues?
~ Asimple, effective, affordable tool to help build character! 
~12 Virtues in the Early Childhood/Elementary Version (Diligent, Helpful, Perserverant, Gentle, Content, Attentive, Honest, Kind, Self-Controlled, Patient, Obedient, Forgiving). 
~A Youth set with 9 virtues in Volume 1 and 9 more to come in Volume 2
~Community (without Scripture) and Faith-based (with Scripture~NIrV) versions

I was given the Teacher's Virtue Cards ~ family version ($34.99):

These cards are high-quality...bright pictures and 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches.

The cards include several things. First, and my favorite, is using the "I am" statement (ex. I am Content). This gives the child ownership of the Virtue. It is not something they hope to be or wish they were. Second, the catchphrase, or definition. The catchphrase for "I am Content" is "I have my Wanter under control". Third is the antonym, or what the virtue is NOT. "I am Content" is "I am NOT...bored, greedy or always wanting more and I don't beg or whine!" Fourth is the adorable characters or Virtue Kids! The Virtue Kid for "I am Content" is Cake Jake. Jake rhymes with Cake and both Cake and Content begin with "C"! The Faith-based Virtue tools also include a scripture. The Scripture for "I am Content" is Psalm 131:2.  And that is just on the front. 

The back is loaded with tips on how to teach and reinforce the Virtues. There is a Challenge, how to apologize, games/activities and a little story about the Virtue Kid!  

There is also a 13th card with caterpillars (Virtues to Improve), butterflies (Virtues that they are doing well) and a magnifying glass (to help them remember to look for Virtues in themselves and others).

I was also given the Kids Virtue Poster (retail $19.99 currently $14.99):

The poster is full color 11x17 and includes all 12 Virtues, Virtue Kids, Catchphrases and Antonyms! I bought an inexpensive poster frame and hung this poster on our wall! The kids love it! They are able to go to the poster at anytime and remind themselves of what they should be doing. Ladybug (age 5) who is just starting to read, can find the Virtue she is looking for because the Virtue Kid is right there. This lets her be independent even though she can't read all the words yet! Even Monkey (age 3) is starting to catch on!

Our Thoughts:
We love this program! We love it so much that I also bought The Three Rules Poster ($11.99), The Teacher's Handbook ($4.99), Virtue Kids Coloring Book ($1) and The Personal Virtue Charts ($3.99 sale $2.99)! The only thing we do differently is we use the King James Version of the Bible to look up the scriptures. This is only because that is the version of the Bible we prefer and our children are used to the KJV.

~Flashcards ($19.99)
~Posters of each individual Virtue ($11.99/ea.)
~Youth Mentor Program 
~Various Kits

Current Coupon Codes:
VIRTUE15 15% total purchase (no expiration date set)
OURHOUSE $15 off (Oct. and Nov. only) the NEW Family Kit ~faith based (includes: Teacher's Virtue Cards, The Kids Virtue Poster, The Three Rules Poster and the Flashcards. Add-on the Coloring book at no cost too)!
FAMILY $3 off the Kids Virtue Poster (no expiration date set)
also the Coloring Book Vol. 1 is FREE for the remainder of October (no code needed)!

Now, on to the really good stuff! Use the Rafflecopter form to enter to win The Teacher's Virtue Cards and the Kids Virtue Poster!

{Disclaimer: I recieved a copy of the Teacher's Virtue Cards and the Kids Virtue Poster in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no other compensation. Some links are affiliate links...any money earned through these links helps us buy curriculum for homeschooling.}

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  1. hi, Michelle:) What a neat giveaway! hey, the link for your twitter didn't click through for me--I went and found you, but you should check that in case it's not just me!

  2. I couldn't get the Twitter link either!  Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. AdventuresinHomeEducatingOctober 21, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Thanks for the heads-up Heather! I fixed it (I hope)! :)

  4. AdventuresinHomeEducatingOctober 21, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Thanks Hilary! Should be working now!

  5. Great giveaway! You need to correct your rafflecopter twitter section. Don't put in the entire url. It doesn't work rather than put in!/AdventuresHmEd , you need to put in only @AdventuresHmEd

  6. AdventuresinHomeEducatingOctober 25, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Thanks Michelle (great name BTW)! I fixed it (again) hopefully it will stick this time! 

  7. I liked Adventures in Home Education on facebook!

  8. You're welcome. Yes, I've always thought Michelle was such a lovely name. Must be why EVERYONE named their kid that in 1968 *lol*   It works now. Has a nice little blue twitter button there :-)

  9. What an amazing program.  Thanks for the opportunity to win this.  We need more parents to take the time to teach the children of tomorrow values and respect for all things around them.


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