To build strong character in my children believing that good character is more important than academic success
Children are not born with a set of values and beliefs about the world - they are taught. This means they do not always naturally become kind, patient, content and diligent - they need to be guided, gently corrected and encouraged to embrace the kind of virtues that God desires within us.
I find this a challenge with my incredibly spirited, strong-willed children (yes, all of them fit this description). I have often allowed myself to feel discouraged and disappointed in their behavior rather than see it as an opportunity to teach and shape their character.
Another benefit of homeschooling is that we can encourage these virtues all day - not just for a few hours in the evening after a long school day. When we see our child display these virtues we can encourage them and when we see an opportunity to correct we can also do that before it becomes a habit.
Although developing character is a life long process, we choose virtues is a great introduction or supplement to any character study and great for helping kids remember key ideas and memory verses. We have done character studies before but the use of characters for virtue such as 'feather heather' really help kids connect with the ideas and remember the. They have been much more interested and engaged using these tools than with any other character study we have done.
We are really enjoying these character studies and the reinforcement during the day has flowed quite naturally from the lessons in the morning. You can select to to teach them as biblical virtues with additional bible heroes and bible story reinforcement or you can just teach the virtues alone so they are a fantastic resource for both Christian and secular families.