When deciding whether to formally teach a particular subject in homeschool, parents often ask themselves two questions:
1. Do the homeschooling laws of my state require it?
2. Am I already meeting this requirement some other way?
When it comes to teaching Character Education, the answers to these two questions can be somewhat significant.
That’s because, although many families teach character ed at home with no formal curriculum and little or no effort, some places actually require them to do so in an accountable way. This creates a situation where a lifestyle of learning combined with the simple act of modeling and reinforcing good behavior at home must actually be included in the homeschool teaching program.
Character Education needn’t be a difficult requirement to meet, and there are multiple ways besides books and curriculum materials to help document character ed requirements. But some families like to have these products on hand, as they offer activities and exercises, stories and scenarios, and a variety of different viewpoints to look at when discussing these topics. Ultimately, though, it boils down to the family homeschooling philosophy and what the words “good character” mean to them.
For those who choose to go the book or curriculum route, options exist from most homeschool suppliers and online booksellers. Some examples are linked below. This is not an exhaustive list of ways to teach Character Education, just a sampling of some of the products one might find on the shelves. Start with these, and then find others on your own:
Frank Schaffer’s Character Education (pictured)
Note that some states also list the teaching of Good Citizenship or Patriotism. And while these are clearly different ideas altogether (often viewed as a part of Civics or History), they can certainly be woven into Character Education, if a family feels they fit well there, too .