Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
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:
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.