View Full Version : Character/Values Lessons

08-13-2010, 08:16 PM
Can anyone point me in the direction of some Secular character work/values lessons etc? There is so much out there from a Christian viewpoint I am finding it hard to find much of anything secular. :D

08-13-2010, 08:41 PM
I wanted something along these lines awhile back but did not want a curriculum for it because we have enough of that already so I got this book. It's just a read and discuss kind of thing. I haven't gone through ALL of it or anything but it doesn't seem religious anywhere or as I flip through it.

08-13-2010, 08:42 PM
I had these (http://joyberrybooks.com/p.cfm?s=2&p=409) help me be good books when I was little. I do have them now too but I havent read them lately as far as I know they are not religious.

08-13-2010, 09:00 PM
I have not read it yet but plan to check this out:

Kindness: A Treasury of Buddhist Wisdom for Children and Parents (http://www.amazon.com/Kindness-Treasury-Buddhist-Children-Parents/dp/091005567X/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1281747341&sr=1-2) (The Little Light of Mine Series) by Sarah Conover and Valerie Wahl (Paperback - Jan 2001)

Also I am not sure what age you are shopping for but a few books I really like are:

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud and David Messing (http://www.amazon.com/Have-You-Filled-Bucket-Today/dp/1933916168/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1281748238&sr=1-1)
Old Turtle and the Broken Truth by Douglas Wood and Jon J. Muth (http://www.amazon.com/Turtle-Broken-Truth-Douglas-Wood/dp/0439321093/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1281748282&sr=1-1)
The Three Questions [Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy] by Jon J. Muth (http://www.amazon.com/Three-Questions-Based-story-Tolstoy/dp/0439199964/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1281748307&sr=1-1)
The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper and Gabi Swiatkowska (http://www.amazon.com/Golden-Rule-Ilene-Cooper/dp/081090960X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1281748327&sr=1-1)

08-13-2010, 09:12 PM
Sara, we had that Help Me Be Good series! They are so cute! I kept them until my daughter was 7 or so and passed them on to a friend. What's funny is that sometimes my daughter would go get one of them from the bookcase and sit and read it, all on her own if a topic from one matched something that happened in the day. Kinda cute and funny.

08-13-2010, 10:27 PM
It's sort of related, but there's the book Little Big Minds about teaching philosophy to young children. I also know that I read something amazing about this when I was in grad school - about character education for young kids using things like Dr. Seuss and other things. Anyway, it was cool, but now I can't find it... argh.

08-14-2010, 03:12 AM
Thanks for the recommendations. We have some of the Help Me Be Good Series

08-14-2010, 07:07 PM
I love the character building items from the Free Spirit Publishing company (http://www.freespirit.com/catalog/catalog_detail.cfm?CAT_ID=27). As far as I know, they are all secular (of course, I haven't read through all of them, so I can't be certain, but the ones I've ordered in the past have all been secular).

08-14-2010, 07:35 PM
Those are great suggestions! I'd love to add a more well-rounded reading list for the kids. We do etiquette, but not character-building with lessons from a book - just discussions when the need arises.

08-15-2010, 03:08 PM
I have used quite a bit of the Free Spirit Publishing Company materials (books and jars), they are great and definitely worth checking out.

Linda Loy
08-15-2010, 11:45 PM
I used a book called The Virtues Guide, A Handbook for Parents Teaching Virtue, WellSpring International Educational Foundation. It is a resource of the religion: Baha'i. You can skip the Baha'i verse which refers to God in a genetic way. I didn't because the verse was kind of sweet. It discusses Assertiveness, Detachment, Determination, Courage, Kindness, Being Respectful, Reliability, to include 52 virtues - 1 per week. At the time I was a new homeschool and I was concerned how to teach character to my child.

Here is a better way! We discuss values as appropriate to a current event or issue that our children are experience. Why is it important to be patience while mom serves you food? I think I will pull out this list of virtues and insert the official word for the character trait that I will be discussing with them.


08-16-2010, 03:28 AM
great, thanks for the recommendations :)

Stella M
08-18-2010, 08:13 AM
Hi Kylie,
I can't find the Buddhist resources I mentioned to you in your other thread but I did use some material from a website on the value of simplicity a few years ago that I thought might be worth passing along to you.


Ok, not sure if that link is going to work!

ETA: the link doesn't seem to work anymore. I have the activities printed off in a folder. I could phocopy them and post them to you if you are interested ?