Review and Coupon Code: We Choose Virtues Curriculum

“Simply Inspire Character that Lasts”

As a member of the Mosaic Reviews team, I’ve been blessed to receive opportunities to review curriculum and educational resources perfect for families. Created by Heather McMillan -wife, teacher, and mother of four- We Choose Virtues grew from Heather’s desire to see children truly develop lasting good character. The key, Heather believes, is to be consistent with positive instruction. We Choose Virtues is a program designed for families, schools, and churches to teach character through fun games, catchy phrases, memory work, interactive assignments, and appealing visual aids.

WCV Deluxe Classroom Set
Deluxe Classroom Set

To review, I was sent a pack of Virtue Flash Cards and the following PDFs: Butterfly Awards, Family Character Assessment, Kids of Virtueville Coloring Book, Teacher’s Handbook, and a list of supporting Bible memory verses.

Note: We Choose Virtues curriculum is available with King James Version or New International Version Bible verses, as well as a secular version appropriate for public schools, etc.

Flash Cards
Flash Cards
Our Experiences:

First, I don’t think this curriculum is only meant for a traditional classroom or homeschool setting. I think that if your children attend public or private school, you can still purchase these materials to instruct your children at home.

Baby J is still too young for this curriculum, but my friend was gracious enough to let me use her toddler as a guinea pig. I read through the flashcards individually, talked about what they meant, and had M repeat after me. There are other ways to use the cards according to the instructions, but I went with what I thought was best for kids M’s age (2 1/2 yrs). The flashcards include directions for some games to play, but I decided M was still too young for them. M’s mom and I both agreed that We Choose Virtues is a great idea for when we start homeschooling our children. The cards are cute, bright, and colorful. The phrases are catchy, and there’s an explanation on each card for that phrase, as well as a corresponding Bible verse (remember, secular versions are available though).

I think the Family Character Assessment PDF that I received is a great idea for families to do together- adults too! It’s designed to let you score yourself on such things like attentiveness, kindness, obedience, etc. You can establish a goal as a family and work together toward it. Also, the Teacher’s Handbook was very informative. It breaks down the lessons, making it easy for anyone to understand and then teach from.

As a professional educator and mommy who plans to homeschool, I’m very pleased with the products I received. I do plan on purchasing from We Choose Virtues in the near future and incorporating their curriculum into my son’s education.

If you’d like to read other WCV reviews by homeschooling moms, visit Mosaic Reviews.

Visit We Choose Virtues to see what they have to offer. Also, they have a permanent coupon code for you to receive 15% off your purchase! Just type in VIRTUE15 when checking out.

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Preply: Connecting learners with tutors

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Available tutors include Ivy League and Air Force Academy graduates, and many also have years of formal teaching experience. When viewing a tutor’s profile, you can see things like their time zone, work experience, schedule (availability), and education. They’ll even state their teaching philosophy and a brief bio. Some tutors even display their own test scores, which is useful if you’re interested in test prep classes. Many tutors on Preply are labeled as verified tutors. This means they have been verified by Preply as having tutoring experience or teaching credentials.

After you’ve received tutoring sessions from any Preply tutor, you can leave a review for them, letting others know what you thought of the tutor and their sessions.

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Preply works through an auction system like eBay. You have the option to Buy Now, but you can always enter in your maximum bid amount and place a bid. Payment is expected within 48 hours after the auction. You can pay using a credit card or debit card through PayPal. Preply utilizes buyer protection. Their money back guarantee means any time during your tutoring, you can contact Preply, and they’ll refund you for your unused tutoring hours.

For more information on Preply, visit them on their Web site. Check them out on Facebook for fun and interesting facts and info!

Note: This is a sponsored post advertising the business of I received monetary compensation to write this post.

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