Homeschool Review: Character Concepts for Preschoolers Curriculum

Character Concepts is a sponsor of Free Homeschool Deals. I received a review set of  Character Concepts for Preschoolers Curriculum. The opinions in this post are my own.

 

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I was very excited when Character Concepts provided our family with a set of Preschool Character curriculum.  I have heard praises of Rick and Marilyn Boyer’s curriculum for years. I was also very impressed with my friend Crystal’s review of Character Trails, which is the Boyer’s next level of curriculum of Crossroads of Character.

The Character Concepts curriculum was an instant hit with my children.  My children have thoroughly enjoyed reading through the Crossroads of Character: Learning to Make Wise Choices book. Several times my daughter has asked, “Hey Mommy, when do we get to play with those kids?” They have come to feel that the children pictured throughout this curriculum are their friends!  The sweet faces that grace the pages are actually the Boyer grandchildren.

The Crossroads of Character book includes heartfelt stories that teach 12 important character traits such as honesty, diligence, obedience, and more.

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The next part of this curriculum package that my children have been really engaged in are the Learning Character Cards that go with the Crossroads of Character book. The front of the character cards have a definition of the character trait.  On the back there’s a corresponding Bible verse to teach what God says about the character trait.

 

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I don’t use these cards like flash card drills. I’ve used them as discussion cards. We slowly go through each card and discuss the character trait and review the Bible verse. You can see in the picture that my little fella’ in the Elmo hat below and I are chatting about self-control.

 

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And that brings me to another point that I love about Character Concepts. As a mom I readily admit that there is so much that I do not know. There is so much that I was never taught or exposed to and some times I feel inadequate. That’s no ones fault by any means. It exemplifys the fact that being a homeschool mom is such a blessing. There is so much that I can learn with my children!

As a mom I’ve seen fruit in using Character Concepts with my little ones. My four-year-old Gabriel (again, the little guy in the Elmo hat) is learning about patience. Well honestly, mom here is learning abut patience too. When Gabriel is frustrated or impatient I say, “Gaby, what is patience?” Even though he may find himself working through a character struggle he’ll say, “waiting well with a happy heart.”

That is music to my ears!

The Character Concepts curriculum lays out important truth for my children and me.

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The Preschool Character curriculum set that we reviewed, and which we’re still going to mix in and use through out the year, also came with Learning ABC cards.  These cards again have the same adorable children that my kids identify with.

The entire Preschool Character curriculum set includes a 36-week lesson guide, which includes teaching on 12 important character qualities, it also includes integrated Bible, Coloring pages, History, craft lessons, and more. The Mom’s guide gives ideas for seasonal and daily learning activities for throughout the entire year.

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    • Rachel says

      I am so excited that I just found this blog. I’ve been homeschooling my 3 children age 6, 8, and 10 and I will start preschool with my granddaughter soon. This looks like the best thing I’ve ever seen – and I love that it emphasizes on character so much. To me that is the most important focus for little ones. Thank you for the entry to win!

  1. Melissa Kolb says

    Love love love this idea for teaching character. This will be my first year homeschooling our son and I would love to be able to use this. Thanks Jamerrill!

  2. says

    I would love to win this for my kids. They are triplets and will be starting preschool within the next year. I have one very strong willed child and I feel teaching good character will be essential to his happiness in life!

  3. Sarah says

    My daughter is going to be 2 this fall and I am eager to homeschool (when she’s ready, of course!). I am always on the lookout for great curricula and this has really piqued my interest!

  4. Nicolette says

    This set looks really great. I would love to win it since this is my first year homeschooling with my 3.5 year old and I believe it would start us off on the right path.

  5. Shawna says

    I’d love to have this to do with my boys this next year. It is our first year homeschooling and this would be a huge help!

  6. Lisa says

    I love how you talk about each thing and explain it. it looks like an awesome way to start out. I hope I can do as well with my 4 children -soon to be 5, as you have done with yours. We are officially starting to homeschool this year – yay

  7. Mindy Hooten says

    I have a preschooler and a 1st grader that would both get so much out the Character Concepts. It is hard sometimes to explain to them different character qualities God wants us to have in a way that they understand. This curriculum would be incredibly helpful for the whole family.

  8. Kristin says

    Oh this would be wonderful for my three year old! I think that I would actually do the Character Concepts with all of my children though. We could all use a refresher course! :)

  9. Gerilyn says

    I was blessed to hear the Boyers speak at a homeschool convention a few years ago and have enjoyed their materials. I do not yet have this, but I have been “eye-ing it” and would love to add it to our library!

  10. Jessica A. says

    I would love to win this so I can use it with my little guy! This looks like a great curriculum!

  11. Hope Rogers says

    I think teaching good good citizenship is of utmost importance in this day and time. I can see the benefit of this program. Looks wonderful and well thought out. :) Would love to win!

  12. says

    I would like to win this curriculum to use with the 3 preschool age children we currently have, as well as the sibling group we’re in the process of adopting! Discipling our children is a treasured responsibility, and finding creative, fun ways to teach them about having Godly character is an essential part of that!

  13. Veronica says

    I love the flashcards with the children on them. Kids love to look at other kids and this would engage them more.

  14. Stacie says

    Our son is 4 and I am at a loss as to what to do with him to teach him these things. He is quite a handful and I think this may hold his attention for a little longer than usual.

  15. molli mcandrews glowacki says

    I think this is a great way to teach about character, for my kids and myself!, and would love to share it with my little ones. Thanks for the chance!

  16. Tamara Wilkins says

    This looks great and would be well used in my home! Please enter me in the give away! Thank you! :)

  17. Ashley says

    I am starting school with my little guy this year. He is so excited about “doing homeschool” like his older sisters. I would love these character studies to use with him, especially with patience and self-control. I’m having to go with free for preschool, so he was just going to listen in with the girls’ character studies and discuss it on his level, but to have one geared toward preschool would be great!!!

  18. Lisa says

    I would love to win this for my daughter to use with my granddaughter! What a great training/teaching tool!

  19. says

    I have never heard of this before, but now I’m so excited! I really need this for my son and plan to check out more of this stuff!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  20. AmyH says

    We have enjoyed every product we’ve purchased from Character Concepts — it’s sound Biblical teaching in a way that a child will understand!

  21. Jill says

    We would love to use this curriculum as it has been recommended to us by others, but we do not have it in the budget to purchase at this time since my 1-year old son is having surgery his first of three surgeries in two weeks and we are using every penny towards that.

  22. Jessica says

    I could really use this. My oldest is about to turn 4, and I’ve started looking into preschool curriculum. This would be something great for us!

  23. Rosanna R. says

    Wow! These are awesome and exactly what I need to use as a visual for my 4 and 3 year old’s to teach these vital characters to them!

  24. Jane Zollner says

    I am about to start my first year homeschooling my girls and your description of the curriculum is right on target with how my daughter likes to learn. She loves stories and always asks for explanations of words she doesn’t know. The cards would help me give her good definitions and add a religious link that I’ve been hoping to incorporate.

  25. MELISSA ALLEN says

    MY PRESCHOOLER COULD REALLY USE THIS CURRICULUM. I HAVE TRIED TO INSTILL THESE CONCEPTS IN HER, BUT SHE IS IN THE “WHAT DOES THAT MEAN” PHASE, AND AT THOSE PARTICULAR MOMENTS, I SEEM TO BE AT A LOSS FOR WORDS!

  26. Net says

    I am a preschool teacher and mother. Character is a big part of what I teach to both! I think it is a big, important part of life. This set looks amazing.

  27. Net says

    I am a preschool teacher and mother. Character is a big part of what I teach to both! I think it is a big, important part of life. This set looks amazing. I love the flash cards.

  28. deanna mack says

    I really like the character concept of the product. With 4 young children ages 2 mo-7 years I want to instill in them early as much godly character as possible so when they are old they will not depart from it.

  29. Tiffany says

    I would love this program to add to what I am already teaching my children. Winning this would be so awesome.

  30. Ronica Case says

    I would love to win this to use with my 3 & 5 year olds! We do not have any official character cirriculum.

  31. Maureen says

    I have three young children and teaching characters, values and virtues is such a necessary part of our homeschool but I have struggled to find resources, this is fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing this review….I appreciate it!

  32. Tara H says

    I love the answer to the patience question. I think we all could use these lessons! I’d love to win it for my boys!

  33. Anjanette Tackett says

    As a mother of 4, it’s important to me to teach my children admirable qualities. Character concepts would be perfect for teaching my youngest two about important traits. This looks like an awesome way to incorporate strong character building ideas into lessons!!

  34. Stephanie Lucas says

    I just jotted a note to myself to look up studies for my little ones on character. This sounds wonderfully amazing and I am thankful for the chance to win this. Thank you:)

  35. Natasha says

    This looks like a really great curriculum for my preschooler. What a blessing it would be to win. Thanks so much for the opportunity. :)

  36. Mavis Snyder says

    My kiddos and I would feel so blessed to learn from these lessons! I know I would learn just as much as they would :)

  37. Jacque says

    I have been searching for something like this to use with my son. He needs this information right now. Thank you for the chance.

  38. Justine Smith says

    I love this idea! Such a great curriculum! Would love to use this with my youngest! I haven’t been able to find an awesome pre k program until now!!

  39. Jenny K says

    I would really love to win this for my girls. I’ve been trying to teach them virtues and through teaching them, I’ve realized just how much I wasn’t taught when I was a child. I think with this, I would learn just as much as they would. :)

  40. Anne Hemmert says

    I am getting ready to homeschool my second daughter. I would love to have a good quality materials that include standards.

  41. Rollalyn says

    The flashcards are an easy way to teach character to children. We definitely need to add more “non-academic” teaching to our curriculum.

  42. Ashley Woodard says

    My husband and I have just made the decision to homeschool our 3 children (age 4 1/2, 3, & 1) and I think that this would be an excellent curriculum to help us get started! It would be excellent, even for the younger children!

  43. Alva Ramon says

    I just realized that there was a prompt as to “what” I needed to address in my comment.
    So, “why” would I like to win this curriculum?

    Well, honestly, I am beginning my homeschool journey this year. I don’t have a lot of lessons and programs to use. In addition, this one seems to add some diversity to the things I actually do have. I don’t want my son to only have books. This resource, and the cards, will provide a multi-dimensional classroom. I can meet some of the other learning modalities. Plus, I don’t have anything, as of yet, on character qualities.

    Now, will you please pick me?

    • Lori S says

      I would love to try this program with my little ones. We need to find a good program to be consistent with at home!

  44. Beth says

    I must admit… character is something I always thought “just happened” as a child learned more about Christ. But I am so excited to dig into character traits and learn about them as we apply them to our walks with Christ.

  45. cs says

    I would love to win this for my daughter. We are just starting our homeschooling journey this fall and this curriculum would compliment what I am already using. Thanks! (As she is under 2, we are focusing on bible stories, scripture and character building)

  46. Della says

    This year is my first year home schooling, my 4 year old and 6 year old! Would love to try it with my 4 year old.

  47. Melissa O. says

    This looks wonderful! My preschooler really does well with flash cards and repetition,v so I think this would be the perfect character curriculum for us.

  48. Jill says

    How wonderful! This would be great to use with my youngest. He is the youngest of 4 and the only one that will be home schooled from the start. I’m excited to start.

  49. Jessica Ott says

    I have 4 boys and 1 of them will start preschool this year. We homeschool and I would love to use these with him as well as his brothers. Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

  50. says

    I would love to win these for my son. He is 4.5 years old and we have been recently emphasizing character concepts with him especially as we teach him patience and self-control. We are starting homeschooling preschool this fall and would love to add these to our daily curriculum!

  51. Amy says

    I love the Boyer’s work and this is one curriculum we never seem to have the funds for. I would feel so blessed to win it.

  52. Lisa M says

    This year God has told me I need to work more on character training and less on academics. This giveaway would be a perfect fit for my 2.5 & 4 yo (and I’m sure my 8 yo would learn too)! Thanks for offering it! God bless!!

  53. says

    We have four little ones in our family. This would be an excellent resource in training them. Love how you use the cards for teaching and discussion as opposed to drills. Such a great idea!

  54. Dianne says

    My step daughters, who are here once a week, are being raised in a home that does not have the same values and expectations that we do here. When they are here their behavior sets a horrible example for my 3 year old. I would love to have a resource that will help me to reinforce and instill the values I feel are important for my daughter. Something concrete and easy to use like this curriculum would be an amazing tool to have to use.

  55. Jennifer Schumacker says

    This is exactly what I need for my little man!!! If I am not the lucky winner I will save and order

  56. Nicole says

    We love Crossroads of Character, and recently discovered this curriculum. What a wonderful resource and compliment to the book!

  57. Stephanie says

    Pick me. Pick me :) This looks like a great curriculum. I’d love to take a look at it in person. Thanks for the review.

  58. Jenna DeMaria says

    I would love to win this because I have been looking for a curriculum for character education for my kids, but it has not been in the budget. Thanks for the giveaway!

  59. Tammy says

    I am schooling my two grandchildren whose parents are both currently in the military. They are two and three years old and this curriculum would be great for them now and in the years to come.

  60. Rebecca says

    We are always needing good ways to incorporate character training into our lives! Would love to have a structured way like this to do it.

  61. alyssa jolliff says

    I would love to win this because as much as I would hate to admit it right now we are on a tight budget but I know that this curriculmn would be great for my two and four year old!

  62. Janet says

    I would love to use this curriculum with my children. I have been looking for a character study. Thanks for sharing your review.

  63. Sara Smith says

    This curriculum sounds exactly what I have been searching for! I would love to use this with my little girls. I have scoured the web looking for a curriculum that builds character in my children. Thank you for showing one to me!

  64. Susie McCreary says

    I have been familiar with the Boyers and their curriculum for almost 15 years, back when I was a little copy girl working at Staples and I used to assist in making their books to sell! 6 years and cross country a few times later we had our firstborn and I found myself feeling completely inadequate to raise my child. I reached out to Marilyn who blessed me with wonderful advice, encouraging first and foremost to foster MY relationship with Jesus (Matthew 6:33), and blessed me with some resources to kick start MY training so I could train my children in the way they should go :). That firstborn, Hannah, has had the privilege to have met Uncle Rick (where they again lavished gifts upon us, they are such blessings) and even has a personalized Uncle Rick CD that even at almost age 8, it completely applies to her as it mentions helping with her baby brother… We just had another boy 6 weeks ago so it still speaks to her at a time she needs consistency and comfort through this change :) The Lord knew :D I now have 3 children and even if I don’t win this, my husband and I had already discussed wanting to purchase CC curriculum to better equip US to set our children up for success. We feel we let our middle guy, Josh, down in that, and am looking forward to redeeming that time back!

  65. Deanna Harrison says

    I would like to win this curriculum for my son and daughter-in-law who serve overseas. They could use this with their 3 year old daughter and later with their baby boy.

  66. Jordan says

    I am planning to start preschool at home with my almost 3 year Los daughter soon. I would love to incorporate these character building lessons. It seems like a really good tool!

  67. Tammy Titus says

    I was already planning a character component for my preschooler this year and this sounds like just what I need. Thanks for the review!

  68. Rachel says

    I was just looking at this curriculum online this morning but don’t think I can work it into this year’s budget. Winning would be such a blessing!

  69. Wendy says

    I have looked at their curriculum for a long time and some day I hope to buy it. :) But other things like groceries so the children can eat seem to be the important factor here :).

    Wendy

  70. Rachel Campbell says

    Used. Your curriculum with my older children and loved it. Would love to use it for my youngest child.

  71. Lilian says

    I’m homeschooling my kindergarten & Preschool this fall I would love to incorporate this curriculum this year. Thank you!

  72. Tammy says

    I have been looking for a character curriculum for my little ones to reinforce what we are trying to teach daily, and this would be a huge help!

  73. Kristin says

    I totally identify with what you shared…about not being aware of some of these traits yourself…I too sometimes feel inadequate to teach my children and find myself learning right along with them…. I LOVE the idea of the Character concepts!! (I wish they were taught in public school classrooms, too!) I recently realized that I need to change how I interact with my children and model good character traits. For too long, I have said I get to yell or get frustrated because I am “the mommy”, but I am now realizing I need to treat them the same way I expect them to treat others. These cards and the curriculum would be a huge help in moving forward with my “new way” of dealing with my children.

  74. Kelsey says

    This will be my first year homeschooling and with a 3 year-old (almost 4) and an 18-month old I feel like establishing good character may be the most important area for us to learn!

  75. Melissa G says

    I would love to win this for my 4 kids, two of them are preschoolers still, and the older two are young enough that I’m sure they would benefit also.

  76. Allie says

    I think it’s so important to actively teach and encourage positive character to our children – this would be a huge help!

  77. Heather says

    I’ve been looking for a character guide to help me give structure and interest to character learning along with our homeschool day and life.

  78. Beth S says

    I will be starting Preschool with my 4 yr old this fall. I would love to be able to use this curriculum & integrate character training into our lessons.

  79. says

    I’d love to win this set. My 3 year old son would enjoy learning something with Mama. I know he’s not too young to learn about character and this looks like a fun set to use.

  80. Lisa says

    This looks like a lot of fun to incorporate into calendar time. I have a really tight budget and this is not something I would be able to purchase to utilize with our 4 HS kid-o’s. Would LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!

  81. Rissa says

    I have definitely come to the realization that, for me, homeschooling is so much more about character and relationship than about academics. I have been trying to find a character curriculum that works for us, and this one looks like something my children would “get” with the pictures, the definitions, the Bible verses, etc. Thank you for offering this opportunity to all of us!

  82. Liz H. says

    I have a 4 year old who could really use this. I think. It would be good Biblical explanations for the values we are trying to teach.

  83. lisa says

    I’d like to win because after 16 years of homeschooling, the Boyer’s materials are still among my favorites!

  84. Elizabeth B says

    I have been wondering about how to go about Character teaching, and this would be a great start! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  85. says

    This is the very thing I’ve been planning on working on with my little ones (2?5) this school year. Even as a preschool curriculum I can see the benefit of it with my older as my younger learn too.

  86. Anna Case says

    I think this set would be helpful in training not just my toddlers but also my older children (and even myself). Having something laid out so nicely would make it easier to apply in daily living.

  87. Keri says

    I would love to win this for my kids. I believe that character is important and have been looking for a curriculum that works for my kids.

  88. Cassy brackett says

    This would be so awesome! I have 2 children that this would fit perfectly for. We would treasure it if we won.

  89. Amy Kay says

    This would be amazing for my little people and I think my bigger kids would enjoy listening in and participating. Always looking for good, quality, God infused curriculum.

  90. Melanie says

    I need something tangible and visible to work with my kids with on character traits to help be more consistent with my 9 year old darling son and 13 year old darling daughter.

  91. Deidre says

    This curriculum looks like such an amazing tool to teach character traits. My family is just starting out on our homeschool journey, and I feel like there’s nothing more important for them to learn this year than developing God-honoring character traits!

  92. Joann Calderone says

    Something that makes my words sound like more than my words. something that helps me get the idea across without what may seem like nagging etc.

  93. Anissa says

    My two kids ages 10 & 5 really need some guidance in the “getting along” department so I think this would be a nice addition to our school days :)

  94. Cathy H. says

    I would LOVE to win this because we happen to be focusing on character building this coming school year.

  95. Nicky says

    I’ve been looking at this curriculum for a while now. It looks like a great fit for us. We could use a little help in the character department.

  96. Linda McLarty says

    I’m a mom to 3 precious kids, but we could certainly use some training in the character department. I would love something that reinforces what I’m saying each day. That way they know it’s real and not something mom just made up. :)

  97. Jessica H says

    We could really use this in our home! I really struggle with teaching these important concepts to my kids.

  98. Kelly Schmidt says

    This would be a great tool for our school!! I need something like this to teach my little ones lessons on good moral character…. this tool makes it easier to teach!

  99. says

    I have been looking and looking and looking at this curriculum ever since a dear friend mentioned it. Would love to try it out to see if it is a fit for our family.

  100. Judith Martinez says

    I think this would be a wonderful supplement to our Bible time for the little ones! Something to make it more appealing to them.

  101. Darcie says

    I would love to win Character Concepts! I will be teaching a character class at my homeschool co-op this fall. :)

  102. Michelle Drake says

    I would love to win a copy of this as my DD (almost 3) is in a stubborn stage and unfortunately DS (15mo) is starting to copy her behaviors :-/ When I was teaching preschool we used a character building program that the kids all enjoyed, so I have seen how beneficial programs like this can be! Plus I LOVE that this one is flexible and can be tailored to different situations while also incorporating different learning skills! Brilliant!

  103. Lacey says

    I think these are so cool! I would like to win because the school year is fast approaching and I have yet to buy any curriculum for my 4 year old due to budget constraints! I want to buy a character curriculum and a pre-reading curriculum for her but so far it is not in the budget. So it would be an awesome blessing to win!

  104. Dena says

    I would really like to win this set because I have 3 preschoolers who would greatly benefit from the lessons. My older kids would benefit from them as well.

  105. Tracy D. says

    I am getting ready to start homeschooling my son next month, and this would be a great addition to some of the freebies that I have been fortunate enough to find. Anything that helps make things easier for me is greatly appreciated.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  106. Tre says

    Bible reading is the most important thing to teach your little ones. With character building material it just reinforces what the bible says. It would be awesome to have that in our homeschool curriculum.

  107. ~Amanda says

    This curriculum would be great for us! It would be a very valuable asset to our homeschool. I don’t know if this is open worldwide though? I am in Australia.

  108. Charis says

    I love this! We are going to be preschool homeschooling our son this year, and this is exactly the kind of material for which I have been looking. Thank you for this great giveaway!

  109. Cori says

    I am a first time homeschooler and am looking for a preschool program. I would love to integrate character training into our program!

  110. Brenda says

    Character training is a must. There is always something my kids and myself need to work on. These books look very simple and very engaging! I’d love to win them!

  111. Stefanie M says

    Building character in the early years is vital. We have yet to choose a character curriculum and this sounds like it would be perfect!

  112. Tara says

    Character will be a part of our lessons, but having a curriculum would make including it easier. I would love the chance to try this curriculum.

  113. says

    I have been searching for a character trait type study for a while and I need something simple yet so impacting such as this to teach my little boys. I really love how it looks like it can be done in any type of setting! Thanks!!

  114. Stacie Bowling says

    I would love to win this set because this is exactly what we need to work on in our homeschool. Mom (myself) is In need of this set and I can teach my children as well.

  115. Laura says

    I would love this. I have multiple adopted children and all with special needs. Their goals for this year include character training. This would fit in perfectly with what we will be working on.

  116. Andre says

    We have been looking for a program like this to use with our preschooler! This would be perfect and we hope to win. Thanks for the chance to win.

  117. says

    I have a 3 and 4 year old, 14 months apart who fight a lot. My 3 year old has a very hard time obeying. I need help teaching them Gods law of obedience!

  118. Ashley B says

    I prefer to correct heart issues through prayer, character building, and scripture. This sounds like a great tool to help achieve that with my littles! Thanks for the opportunity!

  119. April White says

    This would be great for my girls. They are 2 years a part, and I would love to teach them obedience through God!

  120. Joanna says

    Would love to use this with my 3 & 4 yr old sons. What a great way to incorporate these values into our children’s lives!

  121. Samantha P says

    oh I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to add this to our preschool this fall!! First year for it and I am excited as all get out! This would be wonderful!

  122. Julie says

    I have been wanting to purchase this curriculum for my three boys! Just need the funds to be available. It seems like exactly what I have been looking for, a scripture based character building curriculum.

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