Character Counts – Our Family Favorite Character Education

Character Counts

  • “I will look at people when they speak to me.”
  • “I will ask questions that I don’t understand.”
  • “I will sit or stand up straight.”
  • “I will not draw attention to myself”
  • “I will keep my eyes, ears, hands, feet and mouth free from distractions.”





Showing the worth of a person by giving full concentration to his or her words.

Our family has been using this curriculum from the year after it was published.  We use it every week, and implement it into different areas of our children’s education, family devotions, reading, art, research, and most of all – their Character Education!

Perhaps it is a foreign idea for you to “educate your children in character?”  If you think about your childs heart and their minds as training ground, and without character qualities TAUGHT to them, how would they ever understand relational skills, heart issues, and strong moral and work ethics.  There seems to be a gap in traditional thinking between “educating” our children and reaching their hearts.  

Just as education is important and vital, our children’s character MUST come first.

Let me tell you a little bit about Character First Education and where you can find this.

The material we have chosen and rotated through many times in the course of 20 years with our children, covers up to 36 Character Qualities.

Each Character Quality can be purchased separately for teachers, or in groups in special binders.

My favorite part? For every quality – The material has Five I’Will’s to learn, repeat and memorize. ( as you saw above)  An application from a famous historical figure, and a science lesson/story from an animal.   All Christ-Honoring qualities that will never be a waste of time to teach or to learn.

S1-Binder_medium Series 1
Series 2

Each Character Quality can be purchased separately for teachers, or in groups in special binders.

Here is a brief synopsis from the Elementary Kits – 

Each kit includes nine Elementary Teacher’s Guides in a 3-ring binder
plus one set of Character Cards. Each Teacher’s Guide is 16-pages and
provides approx 4 hours of instruction for students 6–12 years old—                                  01-CFE Attentivenessincluding history and nature stories, songs, crafts, coloring sheets, object
lessons, and memory work for each character quality.

A Synopsis from the Secondary Kits – 

Each kit includes nine Secondary Teacher’s Guides in a 3-ring binder
plus one Tips and Tools booklet that explains how to use the secondary
curriculum. Each Teacher’s Guide is 16-pages and provides 30-minute
lessons for students 13–18 years old. Lessons focus on history, nature,
language, art, math, computers, social studies, health, and athletics.

Because I am 110% sold on this for every family – I am giving away TWO copies of the Teachers Guides for any one that would like to see their children show TRUE character as they grow.

Before you leave your name for this material, here is a free printable with character qualities for your home.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

  ( This giveaway and post is written purely out of our love for the material.  There is no affiliation or compensation linked with Character Education)

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    Sonya~At Home with The Barkers
    March 21, 2013 at 7:47 am

    My kids are 13 and 14…I try and teach them these qualities but having guidance would be great!

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    Debbie Payne
    March 21, 2013 at 7:52 am

    I have been looking for something like this, would love to have it.

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    A Heart for the Home
    March 21, 2013 at 8:09 am

    I have used a number of things from a binder I made up myself of Character traits, to a similar print out I found from the Duggar’s website. I do like this idea of having two different levels all in a binder. Looks great!

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    March 21, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Thank you for sharing resources. I am always looking for creative ways to teach character and this looks wonderful!

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    March 21, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I REALLY NEED THIS FOR EMILY!!! I will be purchasing if I don’t win it. =)

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    March 21, 2013 at 8:39 am

    I would love this to use with my daughters.

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    Joann Gillman-Lentz
    March 21, 2013 at 8:51 am

    I have much to teach my children and with one showing possible Aspergers Syndrome, I work hard to try to teach the kids what is appropriate and what is not. Although, for the most part the lesson comes a little bit late. This looks like an incredible lesson to teach my kids privately so that there are no more faux paus in public. 🙂

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    March 21, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I have two boys and have struggled to find ways to teach them about character. We have used the our family ways and I have tried to write my own curriculum and focus on a different character quality every month. I am so excited to see this curriculum!

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    March 21, 2013 at 9:12 am

    I would LOVE to win this to work on w/ and help guide my children.

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    March 21, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Thank you for sharing this, September. Nothing makes me more “proud” of my kids than when they exemplify Christ. I love the concept and creative methods to reinforce the character trait 🙂

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    March 21, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Oh, this is so important! I mix and match resources, so this would be awesome to have it all in one place:)

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    Melissa Fields Wallace
    March 21, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Thank you for sharing this – this sounds like exactly what I have been looking for!

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    March 21, 2013 at 9:34 am

    As a homeschooler this would be great to have!

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    March 21, 2013 at 10:02 am

    I definitely value character education and I make sure to teach these things to my kids, but I have never used a curriculum. Having something so structured would be awesome. I think character education is what is missing from the lives of so many kids.

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    Paula R.
    March 21, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Thanks for offering this great character curriculum resource! I would love to begin to incorporate this into my curriculum. Thanks for sharing what works so well for your family.

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    March 21, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    sounds like a great resource!

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    March 21, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Oh my gosh! This just might be the answer to my prayer. I have a six year old who is constantly making me think I don’t get this whole parenting thing. 😉 What an awesome giveaway. Thank you!

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    March 21, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    I think this is exactly what we need. Would love to win it!

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    Stephanie Kay
    March 21, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    We don’t have a character curriculum. But we develop character through chores, serving others, attending church (where my 8 & 9 yr olds sit in the service with us), family Bible time, etc. I guess you could call it lifestyle learning. This curriculum looks fantastic and would probably help focus our efforts!

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    Leslie H
    March 21, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Would love to have this! I have been looking for something to use when we begin school in the fall.

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    Jennifer Kindle
    March 21, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    We use this!!! I think it’s the most important thing we teach (next to God’s Word!)

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    March 21, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    This is great! If I don’t win it I’m gonna buy it!

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    Lisa Hasz Hasz
    March 21, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    We have been looking at the character first curriculum! 🙂

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    March 21, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    I’ve been using a Child’s book of Character Building. The chapters are quick reads and all my kids (4, 5 and 8) love it! I definitely think this is an important part of homeschooling and parenting – just teaching basics that are so necessary for everyday life!

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    March 21, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    I’ve been using Character Sketches, We Choose Virtues & The Etiquette Factory but I really like this and would love to have it too!

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    Susan McCurdy
    March 22, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    I have used these Character Qualities with my older children and even thought a few days ago about pulling out the “wisdom booklets” from ATI and begin using them again. They give children an edge in the discernment arena. Little “excellent spirits” walking around for Jesus. : )

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    March 22, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    I love these character quality tools! I have been piece-parting together character qualities to teach my daughter, it would be wonderful to have it all in one place

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    Shonda Knowlton
    March 22, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    I was just trying to find something really great to start teaching character education. I hadn’t heard of this. I will put it on my list!

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    Brandi Simon
    March 22, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    We haven’t been using anything formal and I can tell that they are lacking in some areas. This would help fill in the gaps.

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    Ginny Blankenship
    March 22, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    We are currently using “We Choose Virtues” but it is a bit young for my older children. Have been looking for something more appropriate for them. This looks promising!

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    Faith Mills
    March 22, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    I would love to have this to help in raising my boys!

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    March 22, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    I have so been wanting to get this for my family!

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    -Tracey H.
    March 22, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Wondering if you need the Teacher AMD Student guides????

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    Sarah Ann Hubbard Price
    March 23, 2013 at 12:04 am

    We have been using the character quality studies from “Confessions of a Homeschooler” blog…my kids love it..each lesson comes with a memory verse and 5 lessons about the quality..

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    March 23, 2013 at 4:26 am

    I have two little guys, and would love to teach these qualities to them!

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      March 23, 2013 at 4:38 am

      In response to your question from the Rafflecopter. I have been using Bible verses each week to teach my boys. They love music, so the Verses in song form have been perfect for them. BUT, I also know that we have a long ways to go (boys are 4&3)

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    March 23, 2013 at 7:21 am

    I would love this.

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    Dina Marie Beard
    March 23, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    We haven’t been using anything formal. This would help tremendously.

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    March 23, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    I’ve been looking for guidance to teach character to my boys. I’d love to try these!

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    Rebecca Mendez
    March 23, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Great material, September. Will you personally deliver to me if I win your give away? (I will pay your airfare…!). Hugs!

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    LaToya Edwards
    March 24, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    I’m using We Choose Virtues with my boys. I think character training is one of the most important things that I’m teaching my boys and myself.

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    Amy S
    March 24, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    I think this is great for our little ones…we used this in our Co-Op and LOVED it…thanks to September for introducing it to us 🙂

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    Emily Ekegren
    March 25, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Why have I never heard of this before? Thanks!

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    March 25, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I need to start something like this for my girls

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    Heather MacFadyen
    March 25, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    would love to win this! I have the workbook (bought at Momheart) but don’t have the full curriculum! Thanks September!

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    Toni C
    March 26, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    We are planning to HS in the fall. Winning this would be a bonus to the curriculum we are planning to use.

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    March 26, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I would love this for our six children….we have implemented some of the materials from DoorPosts.

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    Jessica Graves
    March 26, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    I love participating and learning these great character qualities along side my kids in our homeschool co-op. I would love to have a copy for our family or give it to a friend.

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    Dawn Thomas
    March 26, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Thank you for your encouragement in many areas of training up children in the admonition of the Lord. Your posts are a blessing to me. My children are ages 3, 5, 7 and 9 so we still have a lot to learn =)

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    katie williamson
    March 26, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    I would love to own this!

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    Becky Tolf
    March 27, 2013 at 10:30 am

    This sound great! I really want to implement more character training in to our day and need to find a good curriculum that will help me do that. Thanks for sharing this. Hope I win but if I don’t I may need to purchase it.

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    Angela Anderson
    March 27, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    We love CF and would love to win!!

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    Jennifer Hoover
    March 27, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    We do character training focusing on each virtue/character trait individually. I have used character first in the past and would love to use it again.

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    Jennifer Lavallee
    April 17, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Hi September…quick question on this material….do I need to order student booklet for each child or is it instruction only? Also…do you know if they sell at Home School conventions or any other discounted place to purchase? Thanks for your help!

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    Jennifer Wier
    August 31, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! The links aren’t working and I don’t see the kits on their website. Have they changed? It appears that they need to each be bought separately?

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    Roxana Heath
    October 6, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Printing that printable!!

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    October 29, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    I would love to have this for my kids 9,6,3
    Thank you

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