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Michelle Duggar: Mixing Math Lessons With Character Lessons

Michelle wants her kids to be good people as well as good students.

When 19 Kids & Counting‘s Michelle Duggar isn’t making way-out-there statements about the world not being overpopulated or husbands governing their wives, she occasionally makes a bit of sense.

Say what you will about the number of children she has, at least she’s doing her best to keep them from becoming brats or drains on society. And perhaps it’s partly due to the fact that her homeschooling includes lessons in character-building.

In her blog on the Duggar website, Michelle explains that her homeschooling curriculum includes lessons in character-building, “which we think children are never too young to start learning about.”

Every month, she selects one character quality from a set list of 49 – she doesn’t elaborate on the list or or where it comes from – and studies it with her children. Then she invents projects the family can do to bring the lesson home.

For instance, to teach the theme of “initiative,” the Duggar kids secretly did helpful chores for each other – like making each other’s beds or cleaning up clutter – to see who noticed.

Michelle also teaches the opposite of each given quality (unresponsiveness, ingratitude) to hit the point home even more clearly.

Since it would take a little over four years to get through that list, presumably the Duggars start over again once they wrap up Character Quality #49 – by which time the children are ready to get going again on #1.

“When we practice learning those qualities and doing that in our home, it literally makes a joyful, happy home – a fun place to live,” she says.

Okay, maybe that list is a little long – the Boy Scouts only have 12, for pete’s sake – but if it works, who are we to argue with success? Maybe I could take a page from that “initiative” lesson next time my kids dawdle over bathtime.

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