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The Value of the School of Character Curriculum

 
 
1.  Changing Hearts with God's Word
The majority of our curriculum uses God's Word because we realize it is living, and it has the power to change young people's hearts and lives.  While many schools already have a study of Scripture, they are lacking a concentrated  collection of lessons from the Bible on the fruit of the Spirit so that young people can mature in God's character.  Often times because of a need to cover curriculum in a short period of time, students are not provided with an in-depth study of a particular fruit of the Spirit.


2.  Aiding the Teacher in the Classroom
Our curriculum can be an asset to existing Bible curriculum because it is very flexible and can be adapted into already established Bible curriculum to enhance the teaching of character.  Sometimes teachers are given so much to do that they have little time to prepare for the activities that the students will follow to emphasize character in their lives.  Our curriculum is laid out in such a way that each teacher knows exactly what to do and does not have to develop assignments for the classroom to enrich student character.

3.  Assisting the Teacher to Promote Excellence
Lessons blend well so that there is fluidity in the classroom, establishing an agreeable environment for learning character traits.  Also, everything that the teacher needs is right at his/her fingertips.  Every lesson has specific instructions for the students and answer keys for the teacher.

Instilling Godly Character in Students' Lives
4.  Many assignments provide the opportunity for students to exercise higher level thinking skills.  "Reflective Thinking" and "Connecting Students to Real-life issues in Today's World" are examples of these types of lessons.  "Reflective Thinking," for example,  allows a "Selah" moment so that God's Word and His principles grow in students' hearts.  "Connecting Students to Real Life Issues in Today's World" links students to current world situations, causing them to explore their own perspectives and to take a stand with or against social enigmas.  Also, the Scriptures implant the fruit of the Spirit for each unit while the analysis questions for the Scriptures provide the students with reflective opportunities and in-depth study of God's Word.


5.  Providing Variety in Assignments

Our curriculum offers a number of ways to interest students so that they will listen and learn.  Some engaging activities include:

    character sketches (i.e., Isaac and Rebekah)
    music/poetry (i.e., Bio-poem on Moses and Samson)
    student dramatizations (i.e., skit - David, Nabal, and Abigail)
    small, highly structured group-centered activities
    secular stories that echo Bible values
    maps and charts
    art work (i.e., contrast of Proverbs 7 and Proverbs 8)
    memory work
    lectures
    in-depth class discussion
    creative projects (i..e., historical newspapers)
    parable studies (i.e., Two Men in the Temple)
    DVD's and CD's with accompanying lesson plans
    technology assignments

6.  Addressing and Correcting Negative Student Behavior
Our curriculum targets wrong conduct and uses the fruit of the Spirit to change the character of young people.  Please see chart below:
   

   UNDESIRED BEHAVIOR

DESIRED BEHAVIOR

1.  anger, hatred, resentment, school fights

1.  LOVE

2.  depression, refusal to do work, low self-esteem, absenteeism

2.  JOY

3.  anxiety, fear, lack of concentration, lack of participation, intimidation

3.  PEACE

4.  impatience, class interruptions, sloppy work, carelessness

4.  PATIENCE

5.  rudeness, self-centeredness, lack of cooperation

5.  KINDNESS

6.  stinginess, refusal to help others, bullying

6.  GOODNESS

7.  irresponsibility, disloyalty, mediocrity,  no school supplies, unfinished homework, tardiness, wandering through the halls

7.  FAITHFULNESS

8.  pride, arrogance, lack of compliance to dress code and school rules

8.  HUMILITY

9.  undisciplined, and “out of control,” drug use, blame of others, desire to remove the problem with a weapon, attitude of  “anything goes.’

9.  SELF- CONTROL


7.  Remembering Our Founding Fathers

We believe that America became a great nation due to our Founding Fathers' dependence on God's Word and their understanding that the Bible needed to be incorporated into classroom activities.  Because we agree with their thinking, our logo portrays the American flag with the sword of the Spirit.
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