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

Character training from Pre-K to High School - ideas and resources for teaching godly character to kids of all ages!

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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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  1. They all sound great, but I think I would start with Kids of Character.

  2. We used one of the younger kids versions, but now I’d need the Power in Proverbs one!

  3. I’d love Level 1 for preschoolers or Level 2 Character Trails!

  4. I would love to start using Level 5: Growing in Wisdom (ages 8-13).

  5. I would choose the level 2 bundle 🙂

  6. This is pretty awesome. I’d choose the level 3 curriculum for Kids of Character as my two older kids are in that age group. We do character training from various resources, but I’ve never had the opportunity to use this curriculum. This would be great!

  7. We NEED Growing in Wisdom!

  8. As of now I would choose Level 1 – Character Concepts for Preschoolers Complete Curriculum because my children are just littles. Teaching character is so important at young ages but laying the rails when they are young is so important. If you lay rails early decisions when you are older will be easier.

  9. 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!

  10. I would choose Character Trails.

  11. I’d choose Kids of Character!

  12. I would love to use the Growing in Wisdom set with my older girls.

  13. Level 1 😉

  14. I would definitely choose Level 1, since I don’t have any older children. 🙂

  15. Probably Kids of Character based on age range.

  16. I could use Level 5 and up please. Thank you for this chance Tauna!

  17. I think I would pick either level 2 or 3. I love the free Uncle Rick audios and would love to win!

  18. Power in Proverbs

  19. This curriculum looks fantastic! I would probably choose Character trails because I have a 5 (almost 6) and 9 year old, so hopefully could work with both of them together.

  20. I would love Character Concepts for Preschoolers!

  21. It would be so hard to choose one! I might pick the words of wisdom set.

  22. All of these character bundles sound awesome! I think I would choose “Proverbs People”.

  23. I have been looking for different character training resources, I’m excited to check these out!

  24. Level 5growing in wisdom looks great

  25. I’ve always admired this from afar, but now that my child is 8, I can’t delay character training anymore.

  26. I would choose Power in Proverbs.

  27. growing in wisdom

  28. I would love to have level two : character trails! My son will be turning six in November so I think this one would be perfect for him in a few months !

  29. I would want to start with the Level 1 for my 5 and 3 old. Sounds like a good program.

  30. Level 7, Words of Wisdom!

  31. living the fruitful life

  32. Character trails would be our age range.

  33. We love the Boyers!!!

  34. I would pick the character concepts for preschoolers. I have one child who is 2 and another’s who is under 1!

  35. Wow, this is great. I just bought the level 1. Would love to have level 2, for once we finish the first one.

  36. I would choose Character Trails b/c that is the ages of my children. We already have Proverbs People and they have enjoyed it. Thank you!

  37. Level 3: Kids of Character looks like a great one for the ages of my kids.

  38. I would choose Character Trails

  39. As I have two toddlers (and a teen), I would probably choose preschool curriculum because it would best fit the needs of our family.

  40. I’d get the level 1 since we have littles at home.

  41. Level 5

  42. I’d choose the Level 5; Growing in Wisdom

  43. I’m stumped. I have a 10 year old that would fit in several of the bundles. Help!

  44. Either character concepts or character traits. I think I would start with level 2. Thanks for another great giveaway!

  45. I would want to get the Power in Proverbs to get whatever help for my older children.

  46. I would choose the Character Building bundle.

  47. I would chose level 8 Power in Proverbs

  48. Level 7 words of widsom

  49. My daughter would love this!

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

  51. I would love the Kids of Character bundle. I have a daugher who’s almost 10 and a 7 year old son.

  52. 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.

  53. Kids of Character

  54. I would choose Character Trails or Kids of Character. I have several times gone to their website, but have not actually purchased it.

  55. Level 3 Kids of Character, probably.
    Thanks for the chance.

  56. Probably living the fruitful life!

  57. I would try Character trails, I love that I could use it with a wide range of ages.

  58. Excited about this! Would love to add Kids of Character to our collection. 🙂

  59. Sounds interesting!

  60. Hey! Thank you for the chance to enter the giveaway. I’d welcome any bundle between levels 1-4. My kids range in age from 1-7.

  61. I would choose level 4. It’s a tough choice between 4 and 5.

  62. I would probably go with level 1 or 2, for my younger children. But they all look great!

  63. These resources would be a great addition to our family. Thank you for the opportunity to win in this giveaway!

  64. I would choose the Kids of Character set. The Ifs game sounds very helpful.

  65. Living the fruitful life

  66. I have many different ages in my home, but I think I’d probably pick Living the Fruitful Life.

  67. They all look great. I would chose level 3 for my daughter. 🙂

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

  69. I could use any of them, as I have children in each category!

  70. 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.

  71. I’d probably be interested in using the high school level since I have 3 teenagers, almost 4.

  72. I would choose Proverbs People.

  73. I would pick Level 2, though they all look interesting.

  74. Probably Character Trails for 6-9 year olds

  75. Level 6

  76. I think my daughter would benefit most from the Level 2 Character Trails, but it never hurts to reinforce the basics with Level 1 Concepts.

  77. I would like the growing wisdom. Ages 8-12

  78. Level 3-Kids of Character

  79. I’d pick kids with character to use with all my kids. Thank you!



  82. Power in proverbs !

  83. Kids of Character

  84. Character Trails for our 6 yr old.

  85. I would love to have the Character Trails.

  86. So many good ones! We love the Proverbs so Proverbs People.

  87. I hope to get Level 1 and 2 , soon. I have a 5 yr old that I am homeschooling

  88. Level 3!

  89. Tough choice between level one and two. I have a three and six year old, and my six year old already reads well. I think I would probably go with Character trails, because it’s usually easier to adapt it down and give my little one a piece of learning than to make it challenging for my bigger one.

  90. Level 2

  91. Such a great selection! I might pick the words of wisdom set. Thanks!

  92. Would love Growing in Wisdom! ❤

  93. I would choose the level 5 bundle.

  94. i have used Level 1 and Level 2 already so i need to get Kids of Character. My daughter loves History with Uncle Rick. The whole family enjoys listening and learning with the audio series.

  95. level 5 growing in wisdom.

  96. A level 1 as my children are 2 and 5. Perfect place for us to start 🙂

  97. I think I would pick level 1, since 2 of my 3 children fall in that range. Thank you for this great giveaway!!

  98. I would chose the preschool level.

  99. The Power in Proverbs would be an incredible resource as we are preparing to begin a Proverbs-based program at our church!

  100. I would pick Level 2: Character Trails; it looks like a great place to start for us.

  101. Kids of Character

  102. I am honestly not sure which level of book I would choose. I am thinking either level 5, 6, or 7. My boys are 6 years apart in age. It’s exciting to even think of winning. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  103. I would choose Kids of Character.

  104. Proverbs people.

  105. I would love to get the character concepts as we will soon have a preschooler and I want all the help I can get.

  106. Level 1 please!!

  107. I’d love to check out level 3 or 4!

  108. I already own several of their studies…I would chose Level 2 or 7, as these are ones I have not yet used. I love their studies!

  109. I would choose level 5, Growing in Wisdom, as I have three children in that age range.

  110. Level 1 – Character Concepts because of the age of my kids.

  111. I would love to try them all, since I have kids in all the age groups! However Character Trails would be the one I’d start with.

  112. We would choose Proverbs People

  113. I haven’t heard of character concepts before, Excited to try them out.

  114. Any of the Uncle Rick audios.

  115. Any of the audio CDs.

  116. I would be looking at level 1,2, and 3 as I have children in each area. That would be wonderful to add it to our Homeschooling artillery! !! Thanks much

  117. I think I would pick Living the Fruitful Life, because it is for the ages of my oldest two children.

  118. Level 2, because that’s the age my kids are heading. We have a couple books from Level 1!

  119. Kids of Character

  120. These would be great!

  121. Growing in Wisdom!

  122. I like the “Level 5-Growing in Wisdom” bundle.

  123. I am still trying to decide between the Preschool curriculum, or the character trails 🙂

  124. Level 4 Proverbs and people

  125. 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.

  126. Level 1

  127. I would love all the levels so each of my 5 could benefit !

  128. I have a younger child so i would choose the preschool curriculum. It is never to early to start. Thanks for this opportunity.

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

  130. I would love to get one of these programs!

  131. I would love to get Level 5: Growing in Wisdom (ages 8-13).

  132. The level 2 bundle! Thanks. <3

  133. I would choose level 3 and incorporate it into our homeschool day!

  134. Oh wow we have two littles (eldest is 4) so that first bundle looks perfect!

  135. Level 1

  136. level five! 3 of my 5 kids fall into that category!

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