Last week I wrote how we use Character First in our family – but it raised a few questions about different Character First products. So I’ve written a collection of posts outlining content and use of the different resources. If I’ve missed any please let me know and I’ll add to it.
They didn’t have the Student Activity Books when I started. Or if they did they weren’t highlighted and I never knew about them until fairly recently. They can be helpful but you can be successful without them as well. The Primary Education Binders have object lessons and crafts and the Student Activity Book gives you a worksheet for that instead of you (or your child) creating it yourself. For example in Diligence:
- On the back of the teacher booklet (from the Primary Education Binder) you have a blackline drawing of a Beaver – with the instructions to get the children to draw this. My children’s drawing improved so much simply by drawing one animal picture a month. I photocopied a sample from the Teachers booklet but in the Students Activity book it is there ready for your child. I had my children copywrite the definition under their drawing, on the student worksheet it is written there for them.
- In the teacher booklet there is a craft activity where you have to draw the outline of 4 lightbulbs – they give you a sample but too small to trace. I used clip art (because I can’t draw) but in the student workbook the 4 lightbulbs are already drawn for you and you just carry on with the activity.
- In the teacher booklet there is a game where you take a selected statement and decide if it is a winner or loser statement. This could be played as a family or individually. You would have to write out the statements. In the student booklet the statements are listed there and it is laid out more as an independent activity.
- In the Student Activity book there is a self examination worksheet – which is based on the 5 I Will statements. There is no equivalent in the Teachers booklet
There are other activities in the Teachers Binder without correlating Student Activity sheets. You can certainly teach a trait without the Student Activity Guides, but not the other way around – the Primary Education Binder is a fabulous resource if you are going to spend a several of hours on each trait.
My simple and quick opinion of the Student Activity Books is that they will save you time, if you have primary (and under) children. But if you are trying to save pennies – they can be done without.