I am sure all of us recognize that character is something we want to work to develop in our kids. However, we have to ask ourselves, “How intentional am I being about teaching character?” As I was going through parenting, I found myself surviving rather than thriving like I imagined. That realization became part of my motivation for starting a blog. I wanted the incentive for being more meaningful in my parenting. Character development activities for my kids became a goal. I spent my first 365 of blogging working on 365 days of character. I chose one trait for each week of the year. I wanted to begin to bring these ideas to you in one easy and nice package. Today I bring together my posts and other people’s ideas about how to teach perseverance to kids.
Each character trait I focus on throughout the year come with a the word and definition presented in the form of a word ring. Also included is a scripture. The rest of the focus becomes crafts, activities, ideas and books to teach the traits. I have also added perseverance from other bloggers across the web in this post.
I started off the year with the word perseverance. Our scripture for perseverance is:
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:24 NIV
Help kids work throughout the week on memorizing the scripture and doing the activities so they can really understand the value in learning perseverance.
Activities to Teach Perseverance to Kids
Create Word Ring – The helps kids understand the definition and scripture for perseverance.
“I Will…” Statements – Give kids tangible goals that relate to Perseverance.
“Click, Clack, Moo” Activities – “Click, Clack, Moo” is a wonderful book for teaching perseverance. Here is a round-up of great activities to supplement the book.
Perseverance Challenge Olympics – I set up a series of activities that would challenge my kids at an appropriate level. They learned that they needed to stick to it to accomplish the goals set forth. Head on over to the post to find out the different challenge ideas.
Perseverance Reward Necklace – Here’s a fun craft that you can create to reward perseverance when you see it in your children.
“Little Engine that Could” Activities – “The Little Engine that Could” is another great book to teach perseverance. Here is a round-up of ideas that you can use with your own kids.
Building a Tower and Noah’s Ark – Today you get a two for one. Using both a lesson in tower building and a lesson in Noah’s Ark teaches your kids the value in perseverance.
Perseverance in Real Life – Sometimes the best lesson come in the real life lesson. Come see how we turned our messes into a lesson on perseverance.
Teaching Kids the 3 P’s – How to incorporate the 3 P’s into your parenting language.
Learning a New Skill – Here’s how we taught our kids perseverance as they were learning new skills.
Books that Teach Perseverance – This collection of book ideas will help bring home the lessons you are trying to teach your kids about perseverance.
Teaching Perseverance – Wonder Teacher takes the time to teach perseverance through literature, interaction with kids, goal setting, and a YouTube video.
5 Easy Steps to Build Perseverance in Kids – True Aim Education has great ideas for teaching perseverance to children.
5 Parenting Strategies to Develop a Growth Mindset – I love these 5 ideas from Imagination Soup. They all relate to teaching perseverance.
Prayer Bands by Do it and How – These prayer bands can teach kids the power of perseverance in prayer.
Perseverance in Math Class – These 5 strategies can help kids have perseverance as they are tackling math problems. Thank you, We Are Teachers, for these great ideas.
Team Problem Solving – Teaching Ace shows us how to use team problem solving to teach perseverance.
Perseverance Freebies – These perseverance freebies from Growing Firsties is absolutely fabulous.
I have seen my character development series as the heart of my blog, Meaningful Mama. I hope you find the value in it as well. Have a lot of fun teaching your kids to persevere!