Teaching Character Traits Curriculum/Activities

by Mary Ann on April 12, 2012

The Seven C's of Thinking Clearly

 Teaching Character Traits Curriculum/Activities

“The ability to think rightly lies at the root of all human happiness and well being. It is the fundamental character trait on which all other character traits rely for their development. In turn, the ability to think rightly is dependent upon what Daniel Goleman calls emotional intelligence and social intelligence coupled with a set of highly developed thinking skills.” These are the words of a friend of mine, George Rogers.

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I wanted to share some resources that I have found that I think are worth sharing. Here is number three.

Recently Don and I had lunch with George and his son, John. We talked about children, teaching and home school. George has developed set of parent-teacher directed activities, games and stories designed to help young people develop the emotional, social and thinking skills essential to making sound, responsible choices through character traits curriculum/activities. They’re published in a two book set titled “The Seven C’s of Thinking Clearly”, grades 2-6 and 5-9. It has been used in both public and homeschool settings throughout the U S and other countries for about ten years.

Teaches your child to think clearly while teaching good character traits

I really liked George’s program! It teaches your child to think clearly while teaching good character traits. A combination of biographical sketches, familiar and original stores coupled with reinforcing activities provide parents and teachers abundant opportunities to engage their young is conversations about things that matter most.

His goal is to empower young people with the tools and skills necessary to safely navigate the troubled waters of a rapidly changing and increasingly challenging world by providing their parents/teachers with the resources necessary to teach them.

Benjamin Franklin

The philosophy that George followed when he was creating his program comes from Benjamin Franklin –

“There can be no happiness but in a virtuous and self-approving conduct.”

“. . . .as the happiness or real good of man consists in right action and right action cannot be produced without right opinion, it behooves, us above all things in this world to take care that our own opinions of things be according to the nature of things. The foundation of all virtue and happiness is thinking rightly.”

If you are a parent who just wants some guidance and some great stories and activities to go with them that will help you help your children develop greater thinking skills, as well as emotional and social skills then I suggest that you take a look at what George has to offer. You can learn more about this character based learning resource at Choice Skills.


I want to give away a set of The Seven C’s of Thinking Clearly – Book 1, Grades 2-6 and Book two, Grades 5-9. If you would like to have this wonderful curriculum then just make a comment in the comment box and I will enter you for a drawing on April 18. Good luck. I know you’ll like it.

George Rogers

George has informed me that he will also offer a 25% discount to anyone in my tribe that wishes to purchase any of his products at his website. The promotion code to enter at checkout is MAJ.

George Rogers is the the founder and President of ChoiceSkills™.

PS I am NOT being paid to tell you about this curriculum. I just like it and I like George too. : )

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Bonnie April 12, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Sounds good to me.


Janae Daines April 13, 2012 at 7:00 am

I totally agree and would love to start using them with my family.


Emily April 13, 2012 at 8:26 am

This sounds like what I’ve been searching for! I’ve noticed so many children that I work with missing essential character traits and I haven’t known how to teach them.


Mary Ann April 13, 2012 at 8:55 pm

I am so glad Emily. George is a wonderful man with great character himself.


Katie April 14, 2012 at 3:32 am

My daughters and I could use help with character traits. Many times I find that what I think my daughters need more work on, is actually something that I need more work on too.


Molly April 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm

These look great! Many of these thought patterns we learn about in classics like As a Man Thinketh when we get older, but how great to have something geared towards younger kids. Tell George that some of his links are broken (like when you click on the title or stinkin’ thinking gang links from this page: http://www.choiceskills.com/LifeSkills/CharacterTraits/Thinking-LifeSkills.html)


Dionne April 15, 2012 at 3:08 pm

This looks like a wonderful curriculum! I have been spending time on George’s website and love the posters! Thanks for introducing him to us!


Mary Ann April 15, 2012 at 5:42 pm

You are welcome Dionne. When I had lunch with George I was really impressed with his sincerity and deep desire to make a difference in children and families lives.


Aimee April 16, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I would love to use this with my students in the classroom. I am a teacher in a small Christian school. 🙂


Trista Bytheway April 16, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Oh man would we love to add these to our studies. Pick me! Pick me! 😉


Marie Arnold April 17, 2012 at 10:06 am

This sounds like a great idea. I would love to use something like this with my children.


Heidi April 17, 2012 at 9:05 pm

That sounds like a great resource, thanks for sharing about it!


Leah April 17, 2012 at 10:44 pm

This is so timely! I was just thinking about purchasing Power Tales and or the Book of Virtues in my home library for these very reasons of teaching character and such. This would be an enormous asset for any home. Thanks for the info!


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