ACSI Character Foundation Curriculum
Character study and development books abound today. Every educational material supplier has jumped on the bandwagon and offers at least one line in this area - and I'm referring to secular publishers! Apparently the biggest thing since multiculturalism is character building (usually located right next to the self-esteem books!). Evidently, schools are coming to realize that character development is a vital part of learning. As a result, we've had an opportunity to pore through many such books. After wading through them, we came back to this series, which was out of print for awhile, but republished in '98. Secular books are no match for this Bible-based series. While other materials bend over backwards to include other cultures and religions, these books are unashamedly and exclusively Christian. We used this series with our older four girls when they were young, and they have fond memories of it. Each character quality is studied through Bible story, modern application story, and a variety of enjoyable activities. Use these during your Bible time, or as a source for devotional material. While lessons are provided for daily use, you may want to consider using them on Sundays (especially if you do your own "Sunday School" at home rather than at church, as we do). The teacher's editions contain instructional information, supplemental exercises, and extra activity suggestions. Please note that the Bible and modern application stories are found in the teacher's editions for grades K-2, but are included in the student books for grades 3 and above.