By Maresa Frame
One of my favorite resources this year is the “Character Trails” curriculum by Marilyn Boyer. I am loving this for my seven-year-old daughter!
Character Trails comes with a book divided into twelve sections of character qualities – such as Attentiveness, Compassion, and Generosity – with a definition and related Scripture verse for each. Each character quality is then divided into a section with three stories: one about a person from the Bible that exhibits this character quality, one about a historical character, and then a story about Mrs. Boyer’s grandchildren showing how to use this virtue in everyday life. The section ends with a few thought-provoking questions and ideas for practical projects. Laminated, colored flashcards with the character quality, the definition and the related Scripture are included. Also included is “Uncle Rick’s Character Trail Stories,” an audio CD by Marilyn’s husband Rick, that reinforces what was read in the book.
Each section can be done at your own pace and the flashcards can be used for memorizing the definition and Scripture reference. We have typically taken a week to go over one character quality, but we review all of the flashcards done each day. It is amazing how quickly these can be learned with the repetition. We end the week by listening to “Uncle Rick” tell stories about the character quality we have been studying.
I would highly recommend any of the Character Concepts Curriculum by Rick and Marilyn Boyer which offers something for pre-school through high-school. I have previously used the” Kids of Character” book and flashcards with my oldest daughter and am currently using the “Growing in Wisdom” book with her. These are excellent resources for learning Scripture relating to godly character qualities and how to use them in everyday life. These and more can be found on the Boyer’s website: www.characterconcepts.com
Maresa Frame resides in Flatwoods, WV, with her husband Tim and two daughters, Megan (12) and Moriah (7). Called by God to home-disciple their children when their oldest was three, they are forever grateful for His calling. Maresa is humbled by her ministry as wife and mother and thankful for God’s abundant grace to fulfill it.