Teaching Your Kids How to Have Faith – Free Character Planner

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. ~ Hebrews 11:1. This is one of my favorite Bible verses, but how do we explain and teach faith to our children and help them to grasp the concept?

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Just as Hebrews says, faith is the substance of something that is hoped for. Faith and hope go hand in hand. Faith gives us the ability to worry less and to hope and know with our hearts that God will come through for us. It may not be as we thought, but it will happen somehow.

How to encourage faith

Faith can be difficult for some children to grasp. Others are private with their beliefs and may not talk about their faith often. We can teach our children about faith by talking openly about our faith in our homes. What is it that you hope for? Is it something that you can not do on your own? Talk about this with your family.

Faith is believing that something will happen that we can’t even see or begin to understand. It could be one of those prayer requests that may sit on your prayer list for a while. Yet when it does happen, a good job for a family member, a gift of money when things are tight, a cure to an illness that seems hopeless, a good grade in a hard math class, those things help to strengthen our faith and the faith of our children.

Another way to teach our children about the character trait of faith is with this month’s character planner. These are free for subscribers each month and they teach you how to plan a month long study on the specific character trait.

Free Faith Character Study Planner Printable Pack

This Character Counts planner will show you how to plan out a month long study on the character trait of Faith. These planners are organized for you and are always open and go. It is also customizable, which means you can pick and choose what you would like to print out and use for your family. They are not dated so you can use them anytime in the year.

We store ours in a character training binder. These are great if you have a certain issue that needs to be focused on in your family. Then you can pull them out and work on that trait as needed. Many families enjoying using these in a daily morning time in their homeschool or as a family Bible Study.

Our planners have been designed to be simple and fun, with activities for your entire family to participate in together.

Check out what’s inside:

  • Character Quality Family Checklist Worksheet
  • 4 Week Study on  Faith vs. Unfaithfulness
  • Analyze and Evaluation Sheets
  • Character Trait Planning Worksheets
  • Faith Printable Posters
  • Faith and Your Gifts
  • Family Brainstorming Session Sheets
  • Faith Study Worksheets for Kids
  • Certificate of Completion

The directions on how to download your free Character Counts Planner are sent in each weekly ezine. The planner access information is always located at the bottom of each email. If you are not signed up, you can sign up HERE.

 

Teaching Benevolence with a Free Character Planner

The holiday seasons are right around the corner. With the holidays comes lots of opportunities to teach our children to show love, kindness and generosity. Teaching our kids that it is better to give than to receive is a great way to teach them about being benevolent.

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What is Benevolence?

Benevolence is the desire to do good for others, to be kind, charitable and generous. It is the ability to see that someone is in need and to fill that need for them. Benevolence is the opposite of selfish. You are giving of your time, money and resources to help someone else, wanting nothing in return.

Examples to teach benevolence to your kids:

  • Treat others the way you wish to be treated. Teaching the golden rule is a great way to get your kids thinking about their actions, especially being kind and giving.
  • Lead by example. Let your kids see you as parents giving freely and helping others in need.
  • Look for opportunities to serve and give in your community or through your church.
  • Operation Christmas Child is a great way to get your young children involved in picking out gifts, and much needed items to children in different parts of the country.
  • Serve in a soup kitchen or a community outreach event, food drive or gift drive during the holidays.
  • Adopt a family for the holidays. Do you know someone who could use some extra help during the holidays? Offer to feed them, or purchase gifts or groceries to surprise them with and droip them off on their doorstep with your kids.

Another great way to teach a character trait like benevolence is through our monthly Character Counts planners. These are free for subscribers each month and they teach you how to plan a month long study on the specific character trait.

Free Benevolence Character Study Planner Printable Pack:

There are many options of printable sheets to choose from to use with your family. They are not dated like our other planners, so they can be used anytime in the year. Many families  love that our planners are open and go. The planners are simple and fun, with activities that are good for all ages in your family, including parents

We like to print ours out and store them in a character training binder. I create tabs for each character trait so we can pull them out as we need to focus on something specific. Character training is a great addition to a family morning or Bible time in your homeschool. You can even use them for a fun family night with the activity ideas and brainstorming sheets to work on together.

This is what is included:

  • Benevolence Family Checklist Worksheet
  • 4 Week Study on Benevolence vs. Selfishness
  • Analyze and Evaluation Sheets
  • Character Trait Planning Worksheets
  • Benevolence Printable Posters and Scripture Posters
  • Family Character Brainstorming Session Sheets
  • Benevolence and Your Gifts
  • Study Worksheets for Kids
  • Certificate of Completion

The directions on how to download your free Character Counts Planner are sent in each weekly ezine. The planner access information is always located at the bottom of each email. If you are not signed up, you can sign up HERE.

Teaching Compassion with a Free Character Planner

Compassion is such an important character trait because it is something we all need in our lives. It is the emotional connection desired with those close to us and those we do not know very well. Teaching compassion to your kids is important as it doesn’t always come naturally.

 

Some children may naturally be loving and compassionate, while others may need some help in that area. This is especially true of toddlers who may think the whole world revolves around them! . Becoming compassionate brings us out of our me-focused world. It can help your children see that other people have needs and start to think about how they can meet those needs for others.

What is Compassion?

Compassion is is the ability to feel what another person is going through and to help them in their need. It is being able to listen, being aware and being sensitive of the needs of others. It is being able to sit back and observe and know when to help out when there is a need.

Compassion is caring for others, behaving towards them with concern and love and affection. It is being sympathetic to others needs, putting others before yourselves.

Teaching Compassion

Some people feel compassion more deeply and empathetically than others. You may notice this with your children if they see an animal that is hurt or lost, or a homeless person on the side of the road. Some children are immediately distressed and sad, while other children may not even recognize what is happening. We can teach and model compassion to our children to help them to be sensitive to the needs around them.

Here are some great ways to teach compassion to your kids:

  • Be kind, and model kindness to your children. Talk about kindness and reactions to others in your home.
  • Take your children out and serve together. Helping at a soup kitchen or a food pantry is a great way to show them that people are hungry and in need.
  • Teach compassion towards animals by helping animals that may be injured or lost or feeding animals that may be hungry.

Teach compassion to your children with this month’s free character study printable pack:

Our Character Counts planner teaches you how to plan a month long study on this month’s character trait of compassion. Families  love that our planners are open and go with many things to choose from to use. You can pick and choose what you would like to print and use for your family. Since they are not dated like our other planners, these can be used anytime in the year.

I keep all of our planners in a big binder. We now have a nice large collection of them as we download them each month. They are great to pull out if there is a specific character trait that you need to work on in your home.

Many families enjoy using these during morning time, or Bible time in their homeschool. These planners are designed to be simple and fun, with activities that your whole family can participate in together. This is great for family time with hands-on ideas and fun conversation starters. Yes, even parents can benefit too! 

This is what is included:

  • Character Quality Family Checklist Worksheet
  • 4 Week Study on Character
  • Analyze and Evaluation Sheets
  • Character Trait Planning Worksheets
  • Compassion Printable Posters and Scripture Posters
  • Family Character Brainstorming Session Sheets
  • Compassion and Your Gifts
  • Study Worksheets for Kids
  • Certificate of Completion

The directions on how to download your free Character Counts Planner are sent in each weekly ezine. The planner access information is always located at the bottom of each email. If you are not signed up, you can sign up HERE.

 

Teaching Virtue ~ FREE Character Study

Benjamin Franklin said, “Without virtue, man can have no happiness in this world.” We sure are seeing this a lot today. Many human beings have lost their moral code and knowing the difference between what is right and what is wrong. It is so important to teach virtue to our children, especially in this fallen world.

Virtue isn’t just a character trait. Being a virtuous person takes decision making skills. You choose the right road, or the wrong one. This is something we can teach to our children especially at home.

Once they are out in the world so many things will be thrown at them. It can be hard to make the right decisions when you are surrounded by many that are not making them. If they have had practice making good decisions during their childhood and teen years, most often they will carry that out when they leave your home.

Teaching Virtue

We can teach virtue to our kids by setting the standard and leading by example. They model what they see at home. If you are making wise choices they will want to follow suit. Also, talking openly about why you have made certain decisions and making decisions together as a family helps.

Establishing rules and setting limits at home will help them to make wise choices while still living at home. Why are there limits set on technology, especially the internet?

Talk openly about movie and music choices and the dangers of clicking on the wrong thing and what it can lead to. Why do you have standards and rules on what can and can not be watched at home? What are your reasons for that? Explain these to your kids as you set them.

Doing a character trait study together is a wonderful way to start an open discussion with your family.

Teach virtue to your children with this month’s free character study printable pack:

This  Character Counts planner will teach you how to plan a month long study on the character trait of Virtue. Parents love that our planners are open and go and customizable. You can pick and choose what you would like to print and use for your family. You can use them anytime in the year since they are undated. I keep all of our planners in a big binder. We have a nice large collection of them as we download them each month. They are great to pull out if there is a specific character trait that you need to work on in your home.

Many families also use these for a morning Bible time in their homeschool. These planners are designed to be simple and fun, with activities for your entire family to participate in together. This is great for family time and has there are fun conversation starters. Yes, even parents can benefit too! 

This is what is included:

  • Character Quality Family Checklist Worksheet
  • 4 Week Study on Virtue
  • Analyze and Evaluation Sheets
  • Character Trait Planning Worksheets
  • Virtue Printable Posters and Scripture Posters
  • Virtue and Your Gifts
  • Family Virtue Brainstorming Session Sheets
  • Virtue Study Worksheets for Kids
  • Certificate of Completion

The directions on how to download your free Character Counts Planner are sent in each weekly ezine. The planner access information is always located at the bottom of each email. If you are not signed up, you can sign up HERE.

Homeschool Deals for Last Minute Shopping

I don’t know about you, but this summer just flew by. I can’t even believe that it is school time again. Just today I was telling a friend that school has started without us, because we just aren’t ready yet! I personally still have so much to organize and sort through and we still have things that we need to purchase. Do you still have some school shopping left to do? Don’t fret because we have some homeschool deals for you.

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Don’t worry if you still have some things to plan and work on for your homeschool. You sure aren’t the only one. That is the beauty of homeschooling, that we can start and end whenever we want. Even though school shopping is over for many families you don’t need to miss out on the back to school sales. We have got you covered with some great last minute homeschool deals for the whole family.

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We are having a huge print book sale. Every item is less than $10. Many of these are a Cathy Duffy Top Pick like our Creation Science Unit Study Guides to homeschool all ages at once. All our books are less than $10 each, with our popular Truth Seeker Novels only $1.50!

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Character Counts: Character Planners for Kids

Do you need help with character study in your homeschool?

When you are home with your children all day, you sure start to notice things that need some improvement!

You may have seen our blog posts about our character planners that Felice creates for our subscribers. If you sign up for our email list you will receive a brand new planner with a new character trait every single month. If you are new or missed the previous months we now have all of them bundled together.

Our character planners are very popular because they are a character study and planner all in one! Everything is planned out for you and it is completely open and go! Your children will enjoy the interactive activities, games and challenges within the pages. There is something for everyone in the family from the young to the old, and mom and dad can participate as well.

All of our character planner bundles are on sale for 50% off through the end of September  No coupon needed. There are so many to choose from!

 

Teaching Family Loyalty (FREE Character Planner)

Do you long for a family that prays, works, plays together and stays together? Family loyalty is easy to achieve when your children are younger, but what about when they grow up?

What happens when your sweet children who always want to be with you become teenagers? How do you encourage them to stay close and connected to your family? There are so many things going on that pull everyone in different directions. Family time can easily go to the wayside and be missed so quickly.

Family loyalty is one of those essential traits that begins and straightens as a child ages. When your kids begin to be social outside of the home, in church, sports and work friends start to become a priority in their lives. Having friends typically takes a stronger presence and need over the family as your children enter the teen years.

What can you do to teach them to stay committed and faithful to your family?

Loyalty is faithfulness to family and to the commitments, duties, and obligations in our lives. We can teach this character trait by modeling it on our own families. So many important character traits begin right inside your home.

Here are some ways to do this:

  • Create some family traditions that your children will get used to doing and look forward to on a regular basis. Do you take the same type of family vacation each year, or attend a certain sporting or local event? This will be something your kids will get used to doing and look forward to continuing as they are older.
  • Stick to a set family dinner or family game or movie night at least once a week on a set day. Pick one day a week where everyone can commit to work their schedules around needing to be home for that specific set day.
  • Encourage your children to support and encourage each of their siblings. This can be done during weekly get togethers. Help them to build strong relationships with each other so they always have a built in friend to turn to.

Teach your family about loyalty with this month’s free character study printable pack:

Our Character Counts planner teach you how to plan a month long study on the character trait of Loyalty. Our open and go planners are customizable. You can pick and choose what you would like to use for your family. You can use them anytime in the year since they are undated. We like to print ours and keep them in a tabbed binder. We have a nice large collection of them as we download them each month. These are great to pull out if there is a specific character trait that you need to work on in your home.

Many families use these for a morning Bible time in their homeschool. These planners are designed to be simple and fun, with activities for your entire family to participate in together. This is great for family time and has there are fun conversation starters. Yes, even parents can benefit too! 

Check out what’s inside:

  • Character Quality Family Checklist Worksheet
  • 4 Week Study on Loyalty
  • Analyze and Evaluation Sheets
  • Character Trait Planning Worksheets
  • Loyalty Printable Posters and Scripture Posters
  • Loyalty and Your Gifts
  • Family Loyalty Brainstorming Session Sheets
  • Loyalty Study Worksheets for Kids
  • Certificate of Completion

The directions on how to download your free Character Counts Planner are sent in each weekly ezine. The planner access information is always located at the bottom of each email. If you are not signed up, you can sign up HERE.

 

Teaching Your Family About Being Available FREE Character Study

We live in a busy, busy world. There are so many things to distract us and keep us from being personal with others. Sometimes we don’t know when to drop everything and be available for those that need us to be. It is important to teach your family about being available and this month’s free character study can help.

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Being available to other people is an act of unselfishness. It means that we are able to put down whatever it is that we are working on and doing at that moment. In doing so, we are able to be available to meet the needs of others.

Sometimes we can feel like a home project is important and a priority. Yet, if we get the call from a friend or family member that need us to help them with something, are we able to drop what we are doing to be available?

There have been many times that I was in the middle of a project. Usually during a nap time, the only time I had to get anything done. If a friend called and needed a listening ear I would have to choose to pause that project and be available. It isn’t always easy, but it is important to foster those friendships and relationships. This is what God calls us to do and to be.

When we sacrifice our time it shows a great example to our children. It teaches them that they can learn that you can balance doing things and also being available for the needs of others.

How do you teach your family to be available?

  • First, you teach by example, like I spoke about above. When our children seeing us able to stop what we are doing, they will learn they can do that to. That they can balance what they have going on to be available.
  • Second, you can teach this with practical ideas and activities like those in this month’s character study. Availability is spending time together as a family, changing our plans to accommodate
    others, putting our family first.
  • Lastly, you listen. Being available also means being able to sit down and listen when our children need us to. When we are good listeners we are able to discern better what people may need from us.

Teach your family how to be more available with this month’s free character study printable pack:

Our Character Counts planner will show you how to plan out a month long study on the character trait of Availability.  This is an open and go planner and is also customizable. You can pick and choose what you would like to use for your family. They are also undated which means you can use them anytime in the year.

My family likes to keep the planners in one big character binder. These are great if you have a certain issue that needs to be focused on in your family. You can pull them out and work on that trait as you see fit. Many families use these as morning Bible time in their homeschool. These planners are designed to be simple and fun, with activities for your entire family to participate in together. Yes, even parents can benefit too!

Check out what’s inside:

  • Character Quality Family Checklist Worksheet
  • 4 Week Study on Availability vs. Selfishness and Self Centeredness
  • Analyze and Evaluation Sheets
  • Character Trait Planning Worksheets
  • Availability Printable Posters
  • Availability and Your Gifts
  • Family Brainstorming Session Sheets
  • Availability Study Worksheets for Kids
  • Certificate of Completion

The directions on how to download your free Character Counts Planner are sent in each weekly ezine. The planner access information is always located at the bottom of each email. If you are not signed up, you can sign up HERE.

 

FREE Creativity Character Counts Study

When you think of good character you may not think of creativity as a character trait. Many people say that they aren’t creative, or that they don’t have a crafty bone in their body. Being creative isn’t always about being artistic or crafty. It is being able to think outside of the box, to solve problems and address things in creative ways when the need arises. It is a practical life skill that can be a lot of fun to work on with your children.

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Creativity is problem solving:

Having creativity and being creative is a way to to teach your kids how to problem solve. This can come in handy with everyday life activities.

Do you feel like you are stuck in a rut with dinner and meals? Ask your children what they would like to eat, if they want to start helping meal plan and see what they come up with. You may have one child that is very organized and wants to write out a plan and prepare a grocery list. While another child may want to make a contest or cooking game out of it. Either way your dinner will be planned and that tackles one problem.

You can do the same thing with birthdays. Your whole family can work together to come up with some creative ideas to celebrate birthdays in a fun and unique way. Maybe your schedules are all over the place and you can’t celebrate it on the day. You will want to think of ways to pick a special time and place to celebrate. How fun would it be to include the whole family in celebrating with one another?

Are you sick of the same chore routine? You can also tackle this in a creative way when you put your minds together to come up with creative solutions to getting the house clean in a flash.

There are many everyday things that arise, that can use some creative thinking to make them easier and more doable to running a home. Some people are more creative than others. That’s why I enjoy these planners so much, because Felice gives tons of suggestions on how to teach the character trait in ways that involve the whole family.

Teach your kids how to be problem solvers with this month’s free printable pack:

This Character Counts planner will show you how to plan out a month long study on the character trait of Creativity.  These planner are organized for you and open and go. It is also customizable, meaning you can pick and choose what you would like to print out and use for your family. They are not dated so you can use them anytime in the year.

I personally store mine in a character training binder. These are great if you have a certain issue that needs to be focused on in your family. Then you can pull them out and work on that trait as you see fit. Many families enjoying using these in a daily morning time in their homeschool. Our planners have been designed to be simple and fun, with activities for your entire family to participate in together. Yes, even parents can benefit too!

Check out what’s inside:

  • Character Quality Family Checklist Worksheet
  • 4 Week Study on Creativity
  • Analyze and Evaluation Sheets
  • Character Trait Planning Worksheets
  • Creativity Printable Posters
  • Creativity and Your Gifts
  • Family Brainstorming Session Sheets
  • Creativity Study Worksheets for Kids
  • Certificate of Completion

The directions on how to download your free Character Counts Planner are sent in each weekly ezine. The planner access information is always located at the bottom of each email. If you are not signed up, you can sign up HERE.

FREE Character Counts: Enthusiasm Planner

When you think of the different character traits, enthusiasm doesn’t seem like one that you would normally need to work on with your children. Imagine if your children had a positive, happy, and joyful attitude for even simple every day tasks and school work. Do you know how that would change the entire feeling in your home? It would be an inviting place, and people would see a difference in your family and your life style.

Do your children need help being joyful and enthusiastic? This character planner will give you some great tips and printables to guides your children.

This month’s subscriber freebie is on the character trait of Enthusiasm.

When a child shows a lack of enthusiasm and grumbles and complains over tasks they are actually showing disrespect. This needs to be handled quickly or it can turn into more complaining and attitude problems that will be passed down to the rest of the family. It isn’t always easy, and doesn’t come naturally to some children but it can be taught through example.

This planner will give you the tools you need to teach your children to be enthusiastic and have a positive happy attitude. There are reflection sheets for you as the parent to journal about your children and to note their strengths and weaknesses. It well help you see how you can help them and encourage them in specific areas that they struggle with.

One great way to do this is by practicing in your own home. You can discuss how to encourage other family members and to try to be joyful. There are many examples, suggestions, worksheets and activities to help your children to think through their attitudes. It will give them ideas to be an encourager, and to be happy in all things. I really appreciate that there are scriptures to back up what is being taught, that we can show our children when they are struggling.

What is in this month’s planner?

The Character Counts planner helps you to easily plan out a 4-week study on the character trait of Enthusiasm.  Like always, the planning is done for you, which makes it completely open and go. It is also customizable, meaning you can pick and choose what you would like to use. The planners are not dated so that you can use them at any time. We like to print ours out and store them in a character training binder. You can easily access them and pull them out when you are dealing with a certain issue that needs to be focused on in your family. They are also a great addition to a morning Bible time. These are designed to be simple and fun, with activities for your entire family to participate in together.

Check out what’s inside:

  • Character Quality Family Checklist Worksheet
  • 4 Week Study on Enthusiasm
  • Analyze and Evaluation Sheets
  • Character Trait Planning Worksheets
  • Create an Enthusiasm Poster
  • Enthusiasm and Positive Attitude Study Worksheets for Kids
  • Certificate of Completion

The directions on how to download your free Character Counts Planner are sent in each weekly ezine. The planner access information is always located at the bottom of each email. If you are not signed up, you can sign up HERE.

Time Boosters for Mom plus a Giveaway

Do you struggle with being able to get all the things done in one day? There never seems to be enough time in the day for a busy mom to tackle all of the things. It can be frustrating and overwhelming, but there is help!

With the time boosting strategies I'm about to share with you - you will learn how to be the master of your own time, increase your productivity and never let the lack of time get the best of you!

Everyone lives under the impression that there is not enough time to complete all the things you want to do each day. I know and I understand this, because I’ve lived with this concept for years. However, it can be done. You can boost your time with these special strategies and learn how to be the master of your own time. You can increase your productivity and never let the lack of time get the best of you!

After listening to these tips, you will gain a better understanding of how to balance the time that you have. You will learn how to take some time out of each day just for YOU, contemplate on what time robbers are robbing you of your time. You will learn how to make a plan and keep that plan and make it work for you and your household situation.

Time Boosters to Increase Your Time Daily:

The time boosting strategies in this podcast will be exactly what you need to help you to manage your time better and to be more productive. Felice has years of experience and will encourage you with love and advice, every step of the way.

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