I don’t write on behalf of Character First –I am simply a mum who loves what their resources has done in our family.
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.
Student Guide: Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced
Once again these guides are a recent purchase for me – until my children were older (teens) I felt these guides were more appropriate for school situations as a take home so parents could get on board. As my children have grown I have used these to help me find appropriate language and situations for the older children. On that basis, I personally don’t think the Elementary Student Guide adds to the Primary Education Binder at all whereas the Intermediate and Advance Guides may well help you in discussions with your older children (without dividing up the family).
Each of these Student Guide booklets gives you 3 lessons you can have for each trait. Within each of those lessons you can
- Discuss the definition, and understand 5 key points (which correlate to the Primary Binder as the 5 I Will statements). At the bottom of the page are a few “Thing about it” points. When I teach character at our co-op I take the above 11yo and often use these points to stimulate discussion. In our own family I may send a child away to write (notebook) one of those points after our discussions.
- A short story showing the trait in history. In the Diligence booklet they talk about Thomas Edison. It is written in a way that weaves the keys of diligence into the story. At the end there are a few key points to remember – like a summary – that once again can be used in family discussion.
- The third lesson is about application – there are a few short little articles (like a magazine article) that can be either read as a family, or you can just read it and internalise it and teach it that way, or the students can go and read it themselves and get back to you for discussion. Once again some “think about it” prompts to help you.
I find these guides to be very helpful in teaching my middle primary to highschool.