Please enjoy the following testimonials from teachers, administrators, parents and homeschooling families!
Dear Sister John Dominic, OP,Among the many uses for the Virtue/Saint cards, who knew that they could aid our book club conversation? One of my daughters and I organized a Mother/Daughter Book Club for this school year. Each month a different mother/daughter team is responsible for choosing a title and leading the discussion. Our month was April and the title was Caddie Woodlawn. In an effort to change up the experience a bit, we decided to utilize the deck of Virtue/Saint cards. In turn, each person would take the top card from the deck, read the virtue and the definition and then share a time in the story when a character exhibited that virtue (or a clear lack of it). Others in the group were free to share their own examples of that virtue from the book before the deck passed to the next person. Surprisingly, much of the plot was reviewed by the time we were finished with our discussion, and almost all of the characters had been mentioned. We loved it! The mothers appreciated the clear definitions on the cards, which also helped the girls to pinpoint exactly what they were looking for as examples. In a world of blurry impressions of “virtues”, this program is like putting on a pair of glasses—the understanding of each virtue becomes crisp and clear. Thank you! In Christ, Kathleen Lewis homeschooling mom
“Dear Sister, Yes, yes, yes to the Lenten Journals!!! I would like to order 100 Lenten Journals, 80 for our school and my class is going to collect money to pay for another school in Joliet who cannot afford them. The Advent Journals were great ~ we just finished them and I think I will have my students keep them as a reference for the Virtue information in the beginning. I have to take a moment to tell you how enriched I feel the season of Advent becomes in my classroom because of the journals. It creates a great dialogue with the students.” 8th grade teacher – Joliet, IL
“Leaders of Catholic schools who have been searching for a practical, virtue-based response to the challenges of student discipline and “bullying” need look no further. Disciples of Christ-Education in Virtue helps teachers, students, and parents alike grow in their understanding and practice of the virtues. The materials are attractive, engaging, and infused with Sacred Scripture, insights from the lives of the saints, and a Thomistic understanding of the virtues and gifts of the Holy Spirit. Catholic schools don’t need “anti-bullying” programs; they need to form disciples of Christ. That’s what Disciples of Christ does so well, and it’s why I can’t wait to get it in all our schools.” Fr. Steve Mattson Superintendent of Schools Diocese of Lansing
“On the last day of school, we had a farewell party for 3 students who would not be returning the following year. Without prompting, student after student rose to the podium and identified the virtues they felt the leaving students had exemplified.” ~7th grade teacher
“Education in Virtue gives my students the language they need to articulate behavior that they want to emulate. Now instead of hearing, “he was nice, or she was mean,” I’m hearing, “He was generous, she was kind.” ~Kindergarten Teacher
“For years I dreamed of a program like this, and the Disciple of Christ program far exceeds what I would have ever hoped for. I have found the illustrated virtue cards invaluable in communicating to my kids how to live and grow in virtue.” ~From Homeschooling mother of seven
“I bought the virtue cards family starter pack. I have looked long and hard for something simple, useful, and meaningful. Excellent product.” – Catherine Z.
“One morning my husband offered to drive the ‘carpool’ to school for me. When he was about to leave, my 8- year-old handed him the Patience Virtue Card and Saint Card and said, “Dad, maybe you should read these before driving the carpool today.” ~Mom
“In GYM class I have taught my students that sportsmanship is composed of 4 distinct virtues; Humility, Self Control, Honesty and Perseverance. When there is a situation where a student is showing poor sportsmanship I ask them which virtue they need to work on. Then I give them that virtue card as a reminder.” ~PE Teacher
I speak only in terms of virtue regarding classroom behavior & what is expected of students at school; either in a positive way showing what behavior should “look like” or pointing what lack of virtue “looks like.” This always leads to a discussion of how to practice the virtue and happens multiple times daily, either as a class or with individual students. ~4th grade teacher
As my wise mom noted, the Virtue Training is proactive, not reactive. It gives people, not just children, the strength to step back and see things for what they are. Society is so superficial, and yet we spend a tremendous amount of time creating complicated rationalizations for doing the things we do. The biggest blessing of the virtues is that they actually simplify our actions while giving glory to God. It’s a great source of much needed peace!” ~ Kindergarten Teacher
Every classroom needs to have some kind of discipline plan that is accessible to children.Unfortunately, many of these systems rely on insignificant rewards or worse, punishment, to keep a classroom of kids under control. What I love about the virtue program is that it provides a solid discipline plan in the classroom but is both positive and meaningful. Instead of dangling stickers and candy in front of the kids to bribe them into good behavior, we are helping them reach true and lasting rewards like inner freedom and a life of virtue. ~Second Grade Teacher