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As For Me and My House: 50 Easy-to-Use Devotionals for Families, edited by Tom and Lore Ziegler. Published by Discipleship Publications International. This book opens with tips for great family devotions and for how to structure the time for different age children. Following this is a list of Bible stories to either use in addition to the devotionals in the book or to use as a basic for creating more devotionals on your own after finishing the book and getting comfortable with its format. Subjects of the devotionals range from "Birth Order" to "Overcoming Your Fears" to "Listening." The devotionals discuss almost everything: creation, complaining, deceit, gratitude, giving and forgiving, loving your enemies, faith, family, Elijah on Mt. Carmel, hospitality, money, obedience, parents, prayer, possessions, the poor, rules, the tongue, and much more. Each devotional has a bible story, an objective, an activity, an application, plans for follow-up, and a memory verse. 148 pages. IPG-DPI-1874
Biographies that Build Character by Kathy Rogers. This book contains short biographical sketches of Jackie Robinson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Booker T. Washington, Albert Schweitzer, Abigail Adams, Robert E. Lee, Mohandas Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Sitting Bull, George Washington John Muir, Martin Luther King, Jr., Sacagawea, Abraham Lincoln, Cesar Chavez, Frederick Douglass, Dorothea Dix, and Mother Teresa. These are organized by character trait that is stressed in each story. There are four activities suggested at the beginning of the book that could be used with any story. Then, with each story is a teacher's guide, the story itself, and a reproducible written activity. Cat #EP-343. $8.06-D
Character Builders, Set 1 and Set 2: These are two special series of six stories each for beginning readers that encourage compassion and responsibility in children. The text is repetitive and easy to read. Each boxed set contains six 16-page books, a sing-along CD, and a parent guide. each set. Click here for more details and catalog numbers.
Character Education Resource Guide by Regina G. Burch. Creative Teaching Press. This book is designed to supplement the Character Builders described above. Character traits covered are Acceptance, Compassion and Caring, Cooperation, Good Judgment, Friendship, Self-Discipline and Self-Control, Courage, Perseverance, Respect, Generosity, Responsibility, and Honesty. Reproducible Mini-Books are included for each of the twelve titles in the Character Builders series boxed sets, and there are reproducible worksheets and hands-on activities, that tie in with the character qualities and extend the books. 80 pages. CTP-3109. $12.59-D
Character Education, edited by Margaret Fetty, Steck Vaughn, reproducible. These books assist in teaching students the character qualities of caring, fairness, trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, and citizenship. Each book in the series has six units which focus on the core character traits followed by a wrap-up unit. Each of the units has a teacher page, a story that highlights the trait, a story response, and application activities. The teacher pages provide background information, teaching tips, extension activities, and suggestions for related reading. At the back of each book are full page color posters for bulletin boards for each trait with reproducible activities on the back. there are also four-color dominos which can be used in various games. 64 pages, bound-in answers. Available for Grades 1-2 (SV-61352), Grades 3-4 (SV-61360), and Grades 5-6 (SV-61379). Each book is $10.79-D
Character Education Book of Plays: Elementary Level
Build Character Through Language Arts, an Edupress series. Each book in this series is 64 pages long and has literature and character-building activities that are based on the traits of courage, caring, honesty, citizenship, respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, perseverance, and loyalty. Activities are reproducible. Reading and writing activities are categorized by trait and easy to use. For grades 4-6
Poems that Build Character by Karen Brown In this book , the first 21 pages explain the book, introduce the character qualities, and present reproducible activities that can be used with the poems as the teacher chooses. The rest of the book consists of the poems themselves, organized by character trait. There is also an index to the poetry by author and title at the end. Some of my favorite poems have been included, including "How Do I Love Thee?" by Elizabeth B. Browning; "Grow Old Along with Me," by Robert Browning; "Solitude" and "Life's Scars" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox;" "The Day is Done" by Longfellow; "If" by Kipling; "Charge of the Light Brigade" by Tennyson; "Psalm of Life" and "Paul Revere's Ride "by Longfellow; "The Road Not Taken" by Frost; "O Captain! My Captain!" by Walt Whitman; "You are Old, Father William" by Lewis Carroll; "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer;" " Somebody's Mother" and "The Man in the Glass" (Anonymous); "Little Boy Blue" by Eugene Field; "In Flanders Fields: by John McCrae; "The House by the Side of the Road" by Sam Walter Foss; "The Bee" by Isaac Watts; "The Village Blacksmith" by Longfellow; "Carry ON!" by Robert Service; "Mr. Nobody " and "For Want of a Nail" (Anonymous). There are many more poems there is no room to list. Cat. #EP-342. $8.06-D
Quotes and Proverbs that Build Character by Karen Brown. The first 24 pages explain the character qualities and present a variety of activities. Although many of the activities are more appropriate for groups, many are also appropriate for individuals. The rest of the book contains the quotations which have decorative borders. Some are quotations with their authors, and others are proverbs from various countries. They are sorted by character trait. Cat. #EP-340. $8.06-D
Reading and Writing Activities for Character Education: The books in this series are packed with skill-building activities that help incorporate character education into your teaching. For each of the 18 character traits covered (appreciation, caring, citizenship, cooperation, courage, fairness, generosity, good judgment, honesty, loyalty, patience, patriotism, perseverance, respect, responsibility, self-discipline, tolerance, and trustworthiness) there is a detailed teacher guide, a thought-provoking fiction or nonfiction story, and corresponding writing activities. Students are encouraged in the writing assignments and comprehension exercises to connect with what they've read, not just show that they understood the readings. Comprehension exercises after each story zero in on reading for detail; cause and effect; fact or opinion; drawing conclusions; sequencing; inferring, and more. Answers are included. Reproducible for classroom use. 48 pages. Qualifies for Title I Funding.
Reading and Writing Activities for Character Education Reading Level 2.0-3.5 by Jessica Franzene. BTH-5586. $7.19-D
Reading and Writing Activities for Character Education Reading Level 3.5-5.0 by Jessica Franzene. BTH-5587. $7.19-D
Stories that Build Character by Dr. R.E. Myers. This book contains twenty original one-page stories -- two to illustrate each of the ten character qualities. Each story is preceded by a teacher's guide and followed by a reproducible writing activity. Cat. # EP-341. $8.06-D
A Study in Wisdom by Dr. Dale Simpson. This study for young children focuses on the importance of wisdom in all areas of life. After a six-week study of verses from Proverbs, one can use any Bible story or almost any story to help children apply what they've learned about wisdom as it pertains to making choices. Appropriate for grades K-5. Permission is given to reproduce certain pages for student use. This book is for use by the teacher with some pages of activities for the children. 32 pages. 8.5x11 inches. Cat. # CS-480. $5.40-D
Character Counts: Leadership Qualities in Washington, Wilberforce, Lincoln, Solzhenitsyn, edited by Os Guiness. Trade paperback from Baker Books. For those of you who are looking for stories to use with teens about men of character, this is your book. It contains brief biographical and reflective chapters about these four remarkable world figures who not only withstood the extreme adversities of their offices, but in addition flourished and grew under pressure to make a visible difference in the world. These very readable essays show that adversity has the potential to reveal genuine moral character and create life-changing leaders. $8.05-D
Fun Projects for Hands-On Character Building, by Rick and Marilyn Boyer, who have twelve children whom they have educated at home. These ideas, programs and projects, help children develop character traits such as obedience, self-acceptance, a forgiving spirit, meekness, and an inner hunger for righteousness. The Boyers have attempted to saturate their home with God's Word, and they have used many of these projects to help accomplish this. The projects are fun and will create many family memories. Paper, 156 pages. Digest size.
Although our affiliate also carries Hero Tales, what we have left in stock in hard cover beats their price for paperback copies, but our supplies are limited.
Hero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes, by Dave and Neta Jackson, authors of the Trailblazers series of missionary biographical fiction. Mr. and Mrs. Jackson have written missionary biographies intended to be read aloud in families, with emphasis on the character qualities of the men and women selected. Each biography begins with a short biographical sketch. Then the authors spotlight three important episodes in the missionary's life and tie them each to a specific character quality. Example: in Volume I the first biography is about Gladys Aylward. First there is a one-page summary of her life. Then there are three short chapters with incidents from her life that illustrate confidence, resourcefulness, and courage. Each of these character chapters ends with a brief definition of the character quality being featured (e.g. "Resourcefulness is making use of all opportunities to do God's work." [p.16]). This is followed by a Scripture verse from the NIV for children to learn, in this case, Isaiah 43.19. And then there are some discussion questions. This format is ideal for family devotions. Each book covers 15 - 17 men and women who have been faithful witnesses for Christ on the mission field, in the pulpit or as lay people. Each decorative hardcover volume is $11.69-D.
Volume I covers Gladys Aylward, William and Catherine Booth, Amy Carmichael, the Judsons, David Livingstone, Martin Luther, Dwight Moody, Samuel Morris, George Müller, Menno Simons, Mary Slessor, Hudson Taylor, Harriet Tubman, William Tyndale, and John Wesley. $11.69-D
Volume II covers Dietrich Bonhoeffer, John Bunyan, Peter Cartwright, Jim Elliot, Elizabeth Fry, Festo Kivengere, Eric Liddell, Watchman Nee, John Newton, Florence Nightingale, John Perkins, Amanda Smith, Corrie ten Boom, Cameron Townsend, and David Zeisberger. $11.69-D
Volume III covers Mary McLeod Bethune, William Bradford, Brother Andrew, George Washington Carver, Jonathan and Rosalind Goforth, Billy Graham, Betty Greene, Clarence Jones, Gordon McLean, Lottie Moon, Luis Palau, St. Patrick, Rochunga Pudaite, Mother Teresa, and Charles Tindley. $11.69-D
Volume !V covers Ricky & Sherialyn Byrdsong; Ben Carson; Eliza Davis George; John Harper; Samuel Leigh; C.S. Lewis; Samson Occom; John G. Paton; Pandita Ramabai; Joy Ridderhof; Rómulo Sauñe; William Seymour; John & Betty Stam; Tom White; and William Wilberforce. $11.66-D
Quick Flip Activities for
Character Education by Nancy Shaw. Edupress, 2003. This tool helps
teachers incorporate character building activities into classroom instruction
and teach students the principles of good character. For each character trait,
there is a definition, some daily reminders for applying it, and some activities
to teach it. Character traits covered are compassion, citizenship, perseverance,
honesty and trustworthiness, fairness, responsibility, and respect. Size is
5"x6." BTH-3005. $3.59-D
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