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Pillar of Virtues

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Main Idea:

In keeping with the ongoing Greek theme, this is a character-based lesson to help children understand how we build or shape our character with virtues. By using a pillar, we can reinforce the concepts of building, support and strength. I decided to use a Greek pillar to reflect the Greek theme but any pillar will work for this exercise.

There are a few ways you can do this:

  • Using this template, print out multiple columns and write a virtue on each one. Then line them up in a row and write the word CHARACTER above them to show how each virtue supports our character.
  • Using this template, cut out the top and bottom separately. Then glue on a sheet of paper leaving room in the middle. Fill in the middle space with words/virtues to build a single column representing the various layers that make up our character.
  • Using this template, write in various virtues in the central column ridges. Then finish it off by writing the word CHARACTER on the top and the child’s name on the bottom/base.

These are some virtue words you can use:

caring, cleanliness, compassion, confidence, courage, courtesy, determination, devotion, enthusiasm, excellence, faith, flexibility, forgiveness, friendliness, generosity, gratitude, honesty, hope, humility, integrity, joy, justice, kindness, love, orderliness, patience, peace, resilience, respect, responsibility, self-discipline, sincerity, strength, tranquility, trust, understanding

Critical Thinking Application:

In addition to the virtue words, you may also include antonyms and have the child determine if those are attributes they want represented in their character.

Related Resource: Cheri J. Meiners has a 15-book series titled “Learning to Get Along” which focuses on character building. Her books present themes with practical social and emotional skill development in scenarios children can easily relate to. I have found them to be very good tools when dealing with character based lessons.

Learning to get along


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This entry was posted on August 1, 2012 by in Life Skills, Resource Material and tagged , , , .
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