WCS always seeks to partner with parents. With this in mind, we strive to join you in the process of instilling positive character in our students through a biblically based curriculum. Many schools have an anti-bullying curriculum in place, which is taught from kindergarten through middle school. As we looked for a biblically based, anti-bullying curriculum, we realized that our motivation is more than just anti-bullying. We want to establish in children how to have Godly character and to exemplify God in their actions every day.
We have established a three-year Character Curriculum cycle. This curriculum introduces one new character trait each month. We have the same theme across the entire school. It will be discussed in class, chapel, on the playground, in the lunchroom and will be highlighted in our Work, Care, Serve program. Every grade will go over the same section of scripture and be talking about the same principles. In the elementary grades, the students will have a monthly memory verse that goes along with the character trait for the month. By having students memorize the verse for the entire month they will retain the verse in long-term memory. The middle school will be going over the same character trait in Bible class with class commentaries that have been changed to reflect this new curriculum.
In the Principal’s Update, you will find a section called Character Curriculum. In this section you can see the character trait your child is learning, the verse they are memorizing, and discussion points. Our hope is that you will take this opportunity to connect with your child about the character trait and share a story from your own life of when God worked through you. We encourage you to share a story of when you learned a valuable lesson related to each topic and how God guided you through it. In Deuteronomy, Moses is talking to the children of Israel and instructs them to teach their children to love the Lord and follow Him. He says to tell your children stories to “Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up (Deuteronomy 6:7).” Children love to hear their parents tell stories! What better way to help your child learn about the heart of God than through conversation and your own life lessons?
We hope you will partner with us in this process and will engage your child at home.