Books are an essential part of our homeschool day. As a literature-based homeschool, that’s where we turn to explore the world, experience other cultures and perspectives, and sprinkle some beauty into our days with art and poetry.
Now that we found Beautiful Feet Books, I’m teaching character the same way.
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I don’t know why it never occurred to me to teach character through literature, but it completely escaped me until my package arrived from Beautiful Feet Books. It didn’t take me long to see why it makes perfect sense.
Books introduce us to people and their stories. They help us see that life doesn’t look the same for everyone and that people deal with the ups and downs differently. Books show us that some people rise above the hard times, while some surrender to the struggle.
Rebecca Manor, author of the Teaching Character Through Literature Study Guide, says it this way:
“Stories provided escape, companions, adventure, and excitement. They also taught me. Characters were either models of character traits I wished to develop or they served to warn me of the dangers of giving in to my fallen nature. The books I read shaped and influenced me, inspired me to improve myself, and encouraged me on my way.”
Simply put, teaching character through books makes sense because we walk alongside characters and witness all of their good and bad qualities on display.
Teaching Character with Beautiful Feet Books
Through the Teaching Character Through Literature packs, Beautiful Feet Books aims to share character-related lessons and develop moral reasoning, all while encouraging kids to become lifelong readers. All of this happens through reading an assortment of wonderful books and following the discussion prompts in the corresponding study guide.
I’m using the Intermediate Teaching Character Through Literature Pack for our family read-aloud time and we’ve all loved the books we’ve encountered thus far:
- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
- Benjamin Franklin by Ingrid and Edgar D’Aulaire
- The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
- The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
- Fables by Arnold Lobel
- The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson
Since we finished The Family Under the Bridge at dinner tonight, we’ll move on to Armstrong Perry’s Call It Courage next week.
After that, we’ll work through the rest in the pack: The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde, A Gathering of Days by Joan W. Blos, Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink, The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli, and finish with The Green Ember by S.D. Smith.
As for the Teaching Character Through Literature Study Guide, it serves as a discussion guide for parents to use while working through the books. Each lesson provides suggested chapter readings and a few related questions to spur character-focused conversation. Additionally, related Bible readings and memory verse suggestions are included every few lessons.
Teaching Character Through Literature in Our Homeschool
My kids are 12 and 6 years-old, so it’s often difficult to find anything I can use with both of them. In fact, I usually say that I have my feet planted in two different homeschool worlds, but that’s not the case with this character study curriculum.
We’re reading as a family, often at mealtimes, working through the discussion questions, and making connections between the characters in the books and who we are called to be as Christ-followers. What’s more is that the reading selections themselves are engaging for all of us, from 6 to 36, and we’re enjoying genuine connection over these characters and what we can learn from them.
While I love the book selections, I’m especially grateful for the study guide. Each lesson provides just enough help to steer the conversation in a character-related direction, while also leaving plenty of room for my kids to process the stories and think through all that’s happening.
I also appreciate how the study guide includes reading suggestions for education and parenting, additional book suggestions for future read-alouds, and lists of favorite authors for primary and intermediate grades. They’re all great resources that will save time when hunting for books at the library, bookstore, or online.
Between the no-fuss, natural approach to teaching character, the study guide, and the quality literature selections, I’m confident we’ll be welcoming Beautiful Feet Books into our homeschool again in the future.
Bottom Line: We’ve had a wonderful experience with Teaching Character Through Literature and I’m happy to recommend it. Whether you’re looking for an easy way to integrate character study into your homeschool plans or are simply looking for new read-aloud suggestions, you can’t go wrong with Beautiful Feet Books.
Connecting with Beautiful Feet Books
Want to learn more about Beautiful Feet Books and Teaching Character Through Literature? You can visit their website or request a catalog to see all of their curriculum offerings. In addition to their Teaching Character Through Literature packs, you’ll also want to check out the choices for history, geography, and music while you’re there.
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