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Monday, May 13, 2013

Character Trails, a Review and Giveaway! (ends 5/19)

Need a gentle way to talk about good character with your young ones?  I recently received Character Trails, level 2 of the Character Concepts curriculum for review, and the kiddos are loving it!

Character Trails #Giveaway at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

Character Trails (for ages 6-9) covers 12 different positive character qualities through the use of stories, discussion, and practical projects.

The set includes:

  • a 168-page hardcover book with Bible verses, discussion questions, practical project suggestions, and 3 stories for each character quality  (1 Bible story, 1 historical story, and one about modern day kids)
  • 3 audio cds  featuring “Uncle Rick” reading the stories
  • a set of 12 Character Trails flashcards, which each feature a Bible verse and the definition of positive character quality.

The set sells for $45.

Additionally, you can pick up free Character Trails coloring pages.

I’m using Character Trails with Peter (age 7) and Mary (age 9).

My older son (age 13) and youngest daughter (age 4) are also listening in.

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The author, Marilyn Boyer, suggests reading one story a week, followed by discussing one of the discussion questions and trying one of the practical projects, which would make this a 36-week long program.  The flashcards have short Scripture verses that can be used for memory work.

But Character Trails is very flexible.  If you like, just read the stories and talk about them.  Or listen to Uncle Rick read them on the cd in the car on the way to Grandma’s house.  We’ve been using this in a very laid back way.

What I love about Character Trails:

I can do the character qualities in any order---this is a great way to tackle a particular character issue we’re having at the moment.  So far we’ve read Attentiveness, Compassion, and Flexibility (I need that last one myself, ahem).

We can use it on our own schedule.  The stories are short and easily accessible to young kids, but not at all “dumbed down.” 

While Character Trails is aimed at my 2 middle kids, the oldest and youngest child have gotten a lot out of it, too.  It’s a good fit for multiple ages.

The Bible stories are familiar to the kids already, but Character Trails brings out a different aspect that maybe hadn’t occurred to them before.  This is encouraging them to see more clearly how the Bible fits into their daily lives.

The history stories each profile a famous historical figure---and many of these are new to my kids.  This has spurred interest in finding out more, which I love.

The practical projects really are practical and very do-able.  For Attentiveness, for instance, one is to give your child a notebook for taking notes in church.  Another is have your child ask your pastor what the following week’s readings will be and to read and discuss them ahead of time.

Character Trails would be a good fit for a family, or even a small homeschool group.  Sells for $45.

Also available from Character Concepts:  preschool through high school curriculum for teaching character.

rbbutton240Thanks to the generosity of Character Concepts, the 2nd giveaway for the Release the Butterflies event is a complete Character Trails set! 

Please thank them by liking their Facebook page.

 

 

Here are the details:

One of you will receive the complete Character Trails set, which includes the book,  cds and  flashcards!

Deadline to enter:  Sunday, May 19, 2013 at midnight est.  A winner will be drawn on May 20 or shortly after.

Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond.  If no response is received, a new winner will be selected.

Giveaway is open to residents of the U. S. A.

Must be 18 to enter and my relatives are not eligible (sorry Mom!).

Character Concepts is responsible for fulfillment of this prize.  I accept no liability if for some reason the prize is not delivered.

To enter, use the handy dandy Rafflecopter widget and follow the instructions.  Those who fail to follow the instructions are not officially entered.

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Disclosure:  My review copy and the giveaway copy of Character Trails were both provided free to my by Character Concepts in order to facilitate my review.  I received no other compensation.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

 


49 comments:

  1. It sounds like it would be great to use with my girls when they are older.

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  2. This would be great to use with my second grader!

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  3. I would use it with my oldest who us 8

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  4. I would use it with all three of my little ones- 5, 7 and 9! =)

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  5. I would like to use this character curriculum for my four children.

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  6. I have 5 boys, ages 4-11. I think they would all benefit from this!

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  7. I have 5 boys, ages 4-11. I think they would all benefit from this!

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  8. Would be great to use with my daughter!

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  9. Would be great to use with my daughter!

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  10. This sounds like it would be great for my 2 boys!

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  11. Sounds like something I would enjoy using with my 2 kids!

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  12. I would use this with my 6 year old!

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  13. I have a 6 year old son and an almost 8 year old son. What a fun thing for us to do together!

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  14. I have a 6 year old son and an almost 8 year old son. What a fun thing for us to do together!

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  15. I would use it for my 6 year old who I hink coul benefit from this program.

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  16. We have four kids, and this could be valuable in the quest to train good character habits.

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  17. I would love to use it with both of my boys.

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  18. Like for our 3,6,7,yr old girls.

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  19. I would love to use this for my 5 1/2 year old daughter, as well as our unknown future child(ren), as we are adopting!

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  20. I would love to use this with my 5 year old daughter, as well as any future child(ren) that come to our family, as we are adopting!

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  21. I'd use it with my seven year old and hope her older brother and sister overhear some of it.

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  22. I would use it with our 7 year old and maybe our 5 year old as well if I felt she was ready for it!

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  23. I've never heard of this! I would use it with Ian (7).

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  24. This is new to me. I would use it with Cara (4), David (7) and Nicole (9). Thanks for sharing.

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  25. I would use this with all my kids, ages 12, 7, 4, and 2 :)

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  26. Would like to use it with my four kids

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  27. I would love to use this with my kids (6 and 11)

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  28. I would use this with my 11 yr old son (on the immature side) and 3 yr old daughter (on the mature side). Thank you for the chance :)

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  29. I would use this with my 11 yr old son (on the immature side) and 3 yr old daughter (on the mature side). Thank you for the chance :)

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  30. I would love to use this with my 7yr old son and 11yr old daughter, I am sure my 4yr old son would also love it!

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  31. I would use this with my son and daughter ,6and 7 years old.

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  32. This sounds like a great tool to have for the family to use, I think that we would be able to use this and build upon it to reinforce in the future as well. One of mine is just about there and one more will be ready soon.

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  33. I would love to add this to our school day next year!

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  34. I would love to add this to our school day next year!

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  35. I would use Character Trails with my daughter Alyssa. I am looking for a quality program that will help me teach her good character traits. Thank you for the chance to win this set.

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  36. I tried to subscribe to your blog and I keep getting an error message. I tried subscribing at the bottom of the post and to the top right? Let me know if you figure out what's happening. The error message states that it is not enabled.

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  37. I would Love to use it with all 3 of my children!

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  38. I would use it with my 1st, 3rd & 7th graders.

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  39. I would like to use this with my two boys and our Sparks AWANA group for teaching time!

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  40. I would use this with both of my girls!!!!

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  41. I would like to use this with my daughter.

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  42. I would love to use it with my daughter.

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  43. My 13 year old Daughter and I already learn about character Qualities. But, my younger guy on the Spectrum I think would benefit the most. :)

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  44. We have not done any character traits yet for our homeschool. Would love to win :)

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  45. I have 3 kids who love the Lord even at their young age. This would be great to add to their curriculum at home. I love teaching their hearts as well as their minds.

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  46. I'd use it with my kiddos who are right at the perfect age for it.

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  47. Would love to use this with my two boys (and self) as we walk this journey together.

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