Meal time is the perfect time to talk with your children about the things that are important to you. That’s why virtue placemats are so popular. So which is more important to you, the names of the States in the US, or the names of the character education you want your child to have? If you answered “character” then you will love these ABCs of Virtue placemats for learning virtues on heavy washable fabric. These character placemats teach both the upper and lower-case letters of the alphabet while giving you 52 different character qualities to talk about with your kids. You can discuss them one a week in alphabetical order for a year (A is for Active; B is for Brave), or jump around to the ones that seem most important today. (I saw you petting the dog today. That was very nurturing.)
Each placemat is 12×16″ which is plenty big to hold a plate and silverware, and to catch drips and crumbs for easy clean-up. The fabric is thick, super soft, stain-resistant and machine washable. I ground spaghetti & meatballs into my sample and it washed off like new.
Buy one for your child, or get a special price on four for the entire family. That makes it easy for everyone to share in the conversation. We pretend that these educational placemats are for kids, but we adults need reminding too.
For a complete list of the meaning of these virtues, you can visit this article. These short definitions are just a starting point. Don’t be shy about using a dictionary to look up longer definitions. It may take some thought to figure out how to describe these virtues in ways that your child can understand. As they grow, your definitions may change. Along the way, both you and they will gain a deeper appreciation for each of these qualities.
When we teach our kids the vocabulary of virtues, we empower their emotional intelligence. They acquire the words they need to understand their experiences and decipher their feelings. These insights will carry them through rough times for years to come.