Character Training for Pre-K to High School

Teaching our children biblical character is an important part of our parenting work. It starts in preschool stages, with the basics like kindness, truthfulness, and gentleness. Those same lessons are reinforced as kids grow and new character traits are taught, such as diligence, stewardship, and more. How does a parent go about actually doing character training

Tips and resources for character training for all ages, preschool through high school!

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When we intentionally teach character, we are coming alongside our children to model and instruct them in imitating Christ. It helps them to see the goodness of of a life lived rightly, both in their relationships and whatever efforts they pursue.

Of course, it also shows them their need for a salvation and the work of the Holy Spirit, because ultimately we all fall short on our own strength. It is a lifelong endeavor, and we help our children by doing character training for pre-k to high school

Teaching Character Training for All Ages

Here are some ways you can do character training no matter how old your child is. 

Bible Stories

As you read through the Bible with your family, comment on the various positive and negative character traits of the main players in the stories. How do they honor or dishonor God? You could also make a list of the main stories in the Bible and go through each of the primary characters to study them.

Consider the godly character traits of Jesus and discuss how we can become more like Him. Talk about the other people in the Bible and point out their good and bad traits. How could we make better choices in some of those situations? 

One of our Bible Brick Challenges that is perfect for character training in this way is the Heroes of the Bible Brick Challenge & Character Study! This 95-page printable combines the creativity of build challenges with a study of over 20 characters in the Bible! Build examples and scripture memory cards help aid learning (ESV and KJV available).

Heroes of the Bible Lego Challenge and Character Study

Historical Figures

History is rich with people that display wonderful godly character, so it’s a great opportunity for character training. Whatever time period your child happens to be studying in their school, spend a little time discussing historical figures in that period and how they do or don’t demonstrate godly character traits. Did they display persistence? Initiative? Courage? You can usually find biographies that are age-appropriate, or do a search online to find out more about them. 

Missionary Biographies

In that same vein, read missionary biographies together and discuss the challenges and obstacles those great men and women of the faith overcame by God’s grace. Learn from their mistakes, victories, and dedication to serving in the name of the Lord!

To make those studies easier, check out this list of our favorite missionary biography resources. You’ll also enjoy this free printable with missionary biography notebooking pages

Current Events

When you come across a good character training in an article online or in the newspaper, or even while watching the news, make a note to talk to your child about it. If they are old enough and mature enough to read/watch themselves, let them! (We love World Watch streaming for kids.)

You can also simply summarize the story and talk about what you both notice about the godly or ungodly character traits in the story. Did they put others’ needs above their own? Were they honest? Was there pride involved? What consequences were evident from their actions?

Literary Characters

Whether you’re reading aloud picture books or your teens are digging into a favorite series or classic literature, you are sure to find a wealth of examples for discussing character.

Pause in your reading (or audiobook) and ask them what godly character traits are being practiced. Ask older children what the main characters are in their reading and talk about whether they honor God with their actions and words or not. How is that a reflection of their character? 

A Favorite Character Training Resource

One of our favorite character training resources is Character Concepts. We have been using their books and resources for several years and love them.

Character Concepts resources are great for family discipleship and/or homeschooling. The kids adore the stories in the books and the Uncle Rick audio membership. My husband and I appreciate how easy it is to teach and the solid foundation on Scripture. 

Character Concepts and Uncle Rick Audios giveaway

A particularly wonderful thing about Character Concepts is that it provides character training for pre-k to high school! I just love that this set of resources will carry us into the upper grade levels. That’s not easy to find! Here’s what they have: 

  • Level 1: Character Concepts for Preschoolers (ages 4-6)
  • Level 2: Character Trails (ages 6-9)
  • Level 3: Kids of Character (ages 7-10)
  • Level 4: Proverbs People (ages 7-12)
  • Level 5: Growing in Wisdom (ages 8-13)
  • Level 6: Living the Fruitful Life (ages 11-15)
  • Level 7: Words of Wisdom (ages 14-17)
  • Level 8: Power in Proverbs (high school)

We also really enjoy the Uncle Rick Audio Club Membership! So many wonderful Bible stories, history stories, and fictional stories all with commentary that points to the character traits and whether they are godly or not. They are perfect for quiet time or car rides, and their casual and conversational style really appeal to my kids. 

So go check out Character Concepts and give them a try! They’ve been a blessing our home. ❤️

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This Post Has 20 Comments

  1. Lydia Quillin

    I have two boys, ages 2 and 5, so I would pick the preschool curriculum. I’ve been wanting something to help my older son learn positive traits. I want to start early teaching my boys how to be kind and respectful!

  2. Kalli

    We love the Boyers!!!

  3. Lisa

    My daughter would love this!

  4. Bonnie

    My kids love the stories in Character concepts for preschoolers. We read them quite often.

  5. Angela

    This has been on my mind a lot lately. We need to intentionally find and tell our kids who to look up to and emulate. Also what characteristics they possess that make them great. Otherwise our children may emulate any number of characters they find on video games, movies, or on TV. Nearly all of these people are not the type of people we want our kids to look up to.

  6. Kristy

    Sounds interesting!

  7. Valerie

    I’ve never heard of this- it looks great!

  8. Jennifer

    Thank you for sharing this helpful information. I am always looking for ways to teach my children more in interesting ways so they can learn more. This sounds very helpful.

  9. Tanya Johnson

    Yes! We have used Crossroads of Character and love it! But would love the older age curriculum…need to get back on it with my older son.

  10. Lori

    We have several preschoolers who are just starting to learn about character.

  11. Amanda

    We are working on obedience and using our words for good. Thank you!

  12. Melissa

    The character trait that we are working on right now is that of thoroughness.

  13. Jessy

    Level 3 please for us thanks

  14. Ka'Lon

    I’d like to address kindness in my home.

  15. Raven

    All of these look like wonderful resources, I can’t wait to try them!

  16. Beth Anne Witmer

    We are always working on the character traits of attentiveness and self-control. Putting others first and humility are important ones too.

  17. Kristy

    Highlighting the significance of continuous personal growth in addressing character challenges within our home.

  18. Laura

    Character traits we need to work on: Orderliness, patience, attentiveness, obedience…to name a few. Lol.

  19. Gail

    Needing to work on attitudes and stubborness

  20. Jennie

    This is a wonderful giveaway! I pray for the person who receives this will be blessed! Thank you for the chance in the giveaway. I have kids all ages,

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