How to Use the Character Traits Checklist
Print the checklist and keep it handy. Either wait for a teachable moment or study a trait a day.
A. Watch for a Teachable Moment
Wait for a child to show a positive or negative character trait.
Example: Susie won’t share her toy with her younger brother. Take Susie into your lap and discuss generosity. Read the definition and Bible verse listed under “generous.” Ask Susie how
she can show generosity.
Reinforce positive behavior by pointing out positive character.
Example: Johnny listens attentively to a lesson. Read the definition and Bible verse listed under “attentive.” Congratulate Johnny for being attentive.
B. Planned Lessons Using the 4-Step Method
Step 1. Introduction:
Today we’ll be doing a character study on being appreciative. Can you think of some examples of appreciation? Discuss and interact.
Step 2. Learn about the trait:
Read the definition: Expressing, in words, actions, and thoughts, value to the actions of God and others the ways they have served me. Read the Bible verse: God’s Word says, “In every thing give
thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Step 3. Do something with what was learned:
Students can copy or dictate the Bible verse and/or the definition (younger children can narrate the meaning orally).
Or students can write or narrate a story about the character trait.
Step 4. Share with another:
The purpose is to show appreciation sometime today. Share how you showed appreciation with