Is placement off if character qualities are too abstract for my child?

Pondering Placement

Is placement off if character qualities are hard for my daughter to understand and apply?

I am using Heart of Dakota’s Bigger Hearts for His Glory and Drawn into the Heart of Reading with my eight year-old. In the Bible box we talk about a character quality each week. While she can have a reasonable discussion about the trait after we define it, she doesn’t really remember the meanings of the words. When I ask her how she can display the trait we are studying, she can’t really answer. She usually says things like “I should obey my parents” or “I should be nice.” Should I have her look up each character trait, write them down, and study them as vocabulary words? But then I kind of wonder if the character qualities are just too abstract for her still? If the character qualities are too abstract for her, did I place her in too high of a guide? Thanks in advance!

Carrie’s Reply in Regard to Understanding and Applying Character Qualities

Understanding and applying character qualities is a new skill to be learned, and it definitely takes time. One thing that is really helpful to know is that learning to think beneath the surface of what was read and learning to make connections among various strands of learning are definitely higher level skills. Often these types of skills are not really fostered in many educational settings, simply because they do require discussion and time for the learner to sit with a reading and dwell upon it and ponder. These skills don’t come naturally, as it is just so much easier to stay at the basic comprehension level in our thinking, because it just takes much less effort and is so much easier to do! By studying character qualities, children begin to learn to think beneath the surface of what is being read.

Delving into character qualities helps children see God and His Word are our measuring stick for how we live our life.

The reason we focus on this type of open-ended questioning and seeking or questing for deeper answers is because this is what God desires for us to do in His Word. He wishes us to know Him better through dwelling upon what He has shared with us both literally and beneath the surface in the Bible. He wants us to weigh everything else that we read and hear with what it says in His Word. This is to be our measuring stick for how we live our life. So, we start to foster this type of thinking from an early age, as we teach kiddos that looking beneath the surface of what you read is part of reading. Delving into character qualities is one way we do this.

When you pose questions to think and discuss about character qualities, you provide opportunities for children to learn to read with moral discernment.

We pose questions that take time to think about and discuss, and we do it regularly. We want to provide as many opportunities for this type of thinking, pondering, and connecting as possible. Kiddos can then learn to think carefully about what is really being said in writing and watch for the messages that are hidden in what they read. It is our ultimate goal for kiddos to read with moral discernment and to weigh everything they read and hear with God’s Word in mind. This brings character qualities to life in a real and life-changing way!

You can think of the study of character qualities as a time to train your child to think deeply and Biblically.

As you can imagine, this is a lifelong pursuit!   It is not something that happens in a year or even in a few years. It is something that as adults we are still pursuing and seeking to do daily. So, if you can think of these types of questioning moments as opportunities for conversation, or opportunities to share you own thought process or examples, you will have a much more fulfilling time with your child. The study of character qualities can be though of as a time to train your child to think deeply and Biblically one step at a time. This is the ultimate goal of learning about character qualities.

Character quality studies should be personal and should provide the opportunity for deeper, heartfelt discussions.

One thing I would caution you against would be in making the activity into a comprehension type exercise that seeks one right answer from your child. It is so tempting to do this, as this is often where our comfort level as a teacher lies (in that comprehension level, one-right-answer questions are so much easier to measure or grade)! But, if you do that you’ll miss the opportunity for the deeper discussions! So, I encourage you to persevere and seize the moments to share your own thinking and examples with your child. Make it personal and your child will eventually share personally too. The deeper questions will provide dialogue opportunities and a window into your child’s mind for years to come! As your children mature, you will be so thankful for this window into their soul. I know I have been!

Your daughter is in the right guide. She is flourishing in every area of Bigger Hearts and Drawn into the Heart of Reading! I know this from visiting with you. So, I just want to encourage you, your daughter will also learn to take more and more from her reading as she studies and applies character qualities. She has many years to continue to grow in this area!

Blessings,
Carrie

April Library Builder: Save 10% on both variants of the Drawn into the Heart Level 7/8 Book Pack!

Library Builder

Use coupon code APRIL-LIBRARY for 10% off both variants of the Level 7/8 Book Pack for Drawn into the Heart of Reading!

We are excited to continue our Heart of Dakota Library Builder book set promotion! On the 1st Wednesday of each month we will be promoting one of our book sets with a 10% coupon code. For this month’s special, use coupon code APRIL-LIBRARY on our website for the entire month of April to save 10% on both variants of the Drawn into the Heart of Reading Level 7/8 book pack. To view all of the books in this set, just click here!

How are the Level 7/8 Book Packs used in Drawn into the Heart of Reading?

(From the package description in our online store):

These optional book packs are for use with Level 6/7/8 of Drawn into the Heart of Reading. In these levels, your child will read the chosen books independently for a total of 15 days for each genre. Each book on the list below has an approximate reading level noting the grade and month next to it.

Use this information to choose the set that best suits your child’s reading level. If these books seem too difficult, we also have book packs for Level 5/6 Girl Interest and Level 5/6 Boy Interest and Level 6/7. You may also choose your own books, or off our Sample Book Ideas List.

Please keep in mind, these specific titles are not needed, but each book was very carefully chosen as an excellent reading selection for the noted reading level. Our book sets were created to save you time and to help you find quality books at the right reading level. This is one of the keys to a successful reading experience for your child. You are welcome to use your own book selections if you prefer. Drawn into the Heart of Reading truly works with any books you choose.

Use coupon code APRIL-LIBRARY to save!

To apply this month’s savings, just enter coupon code APRIL-LIBRARY on our website when you check out! We hope these books will be as treasured to you as they are to us!

Have a great rest of the week!
Heart of Dakota

PS: If you’d like a more in-depth look at what using Drawn into the Heart of Reading looks like in your home, have a look at this article!

March Library Builder: Save 10% on the Drawn into the Heart Level 6/7 Book Pack!

Library Builder

Use coupon code MARCH-LIBRARY for 10% off the Level 6/7 Book Pack for Drawn into the Heart of Reading!

We are excited to continue our Heart of Dakota Library Builder book set promotion! On the 1st Wednesday of each month we will be promoting one of our book sets with a 10% coupon code. For this month’s special, use coupon code MARCH-LIBRARY on our website for the entire month of March to save 10% on the Drawn into the Heart of Reading Level 6/7 book pack. To view all of the books in this set, just click here!

How is the Level 6/7 Book Pack used in Drawn into the Heart of Reading?

(From the package description in our online store):

This optional book pack is for use with Level 6/7/8 of Drawn into the Heart of Reading. In this level, your child will read the chosen books mainly independently for a total of 15 days for each genre. Each book on the list below has an approximate reading level noting the grade and month next to it. Use this information to choose the set that best suits your child’s reading level. Another option for this reading level, beside the one shown below, would be to use the Girl Interest or Boy Interest set from Creation to Christ. While these sets are meant to read-alouds, since they contain one or more books from each of the nine genres, they will also work with Drawn into the Heart of Reading. NOTE: This option will only work if you do not plan to use these book sets as read-alouds when using Creation to Christ.

If these books seem too difficult, we also have book packs for Levels 5/6 Girl Interest and Level 5/6 Boy Interest. If these books seem too easy, you may choose your own books, or off our Sample Book Ideas List. Please keep in mind, these specific titles are not needed, but each book was very carefully chosen as an excellent reading selection for the noted reading level.

Our book sets were created to save you time and to help you find quality books at the right reading level. This is one of the keys to a successful reading experience for your child. You are welcome to use your own book selections if you prefer. Drawn into the Heart of Reading truly works with any books you choose.

Use coupon code MARCH-LIBRARY to save!

To apply this month’s savings, just enter coupon code MARCH-LIBRARY on our website when you check out! We hope these books will be as treasured to you as they are to us!

Have a great rest of the week!
Heart of Dakota

PS: If you’d like a more in-depth look at what using Drawn into the Heart of Reading looks like in your home, have a look at this article!

February Library Builder: Save 10% on both variants of the Drawn into the Heart Level 5/6 Book Pack!

Library Builder

Use coupon code FEBRUARY-LIBRARY for 10% off both variants of the Level 5/6 Book Pack for Drawn into the Heart of Reading!

We are excited to continue our Heart of Dakota Library Builder book set promotion! On the 1st Wednesday of each month we will be promoting one of our book sets with a 10% coupon code. For this month’s special, use coupon code FEBRUARY-LIBRARY on our website for the entire month of February to save 10% on both variants of the Drawn into the Heart of Reading Level 5/6 book pack. To view all of the books in these sets, just click here!

How are the Level 5/6 Book Packs used in Drawn into the Heart of Reading?

(From the package description in our online store):

“These optional book packs are for use with Level 4/5 or 6/7/8 of Drawn into the Heart of Reading. In these levels, your child will read the chosen books mainly independently for a total of 15 days for each genre. Each book on the list below has an approximate reading level noting the grade and month next to it.

Use this information to choose the set that best suits your child’s reading level. If these books seem too difficult, we also have book packs for Level 4/5 Girl Interest and Level 4/5 Boy Interest. If these books seem too easy, we also have a book pack for Level 6/7. You may also choose your own books, or off our Sample Book Ideas List. Please keep in mind, these specific titles are not needed, but each book was very carefully chosen as an excellent reading selection for the noted reading level.

Our book sets were created to save you time and to help you find quality books at the right reading level. This is one of the keys to a successful reading experience for your child. You are welcome to use your own book selections if you prefer. Drawn into the Heart of Reading truly works with any books you choose.”

Use coupon code FEBRUARY-LIBRARY to save!

To apply this month’s savings, just enter coupon code FEBRUARY-LIBRARY on our website when you check out! We hope these books will be as treasured to you as they are to us!

Have a great rest of the week!
Heart of Dakota

PS: If you’d like a more in-depth look at what using Drawn into the Heart of Reading looks like in your home, have a look at this article!

January Library Builder: Save 10% on both variants of the Drawn into the Heart Level 4/5 Book Pack!

Library Builder

Use coupon code JANUARY-LIBRARY for 10% off both variants of the Level 4/5 Book Pack for Drawn into the Heart of Reading!

We are excited to continue our Heart of Dakota Library Builder book set promotion! On the 1st Wednesday of each month we will be promoting one of our book sets with a 10% coupon code. For this month’s special, use coupon code JANUARY-LIBRARY on our website for the entire month of January to save 10% on both variants of the Drawn into the Heart of Reading Level 4/5 book pack. To view all of the books in these sets, just click here!

How are the Level 4/5 Book Packs used in Drawn into the Heart of Reading?

(From the package description in our online store):

“These optional book packs are for use with Level 4/5 of Drawn into the Heart of Reading. In these levels, your child will read the chosen books mainly independently for a total of 15 days for each genre. Each book on the list below has an approximate reading level noting the grade and month next to it. Use this information to choose the set that best suits your child’s reading level. If these books seem too difficult, we also have book packs for Level 2 and Level 3. Please keep in mind, these specific titles are not needed, but each book was very carefully chosen as an excellent reading selection for the noted reading level.

Our book sets were created to save you time and to help you find quality books at the right reading level. This is one of the keys to a successful reading experience for your child. You are welcome to use your own book selections if you prefer. Drawn into the Heart of Reading truly works with any books you choose.”

Use coupon code JANUARY-LIBRARY to save!

To apply this month’s savings, just enter coupon code JANUARY-LIBRARY on our website when you check out! We hope these books will be as treasured to you as they are to us!

Have a great rest of the week!
Heart of Dakota

PS: If you’d like a more in-depth look at what using Drawn into the Heart of Reading looks like in your home, have a look at this article!