My journey homeschooling my son

Virtues for a 2nd Grade Boy

Like most of you I have many high hopes for my son. Recently I found a way to tie two of them together!! That in itself is great because as homeschooling parents there is so much we want to show them, do with them, etc. that we are always looking for dual purpose ideas.

One of the hopes I have is to read to him every book from my childhood plus some. Quite a daunting feat as we were/are a reading family and growing up in the 70’s there was no electronic competition. Other than outside play our whole world revolved around family and books.Trying to decide what to read when and how to organize it to get it all in is a lot easier said than done. There are hundreds of picture books, chapter books, fables, poems, fairy tales, etc. Hold that thought while I tell you about the second hope.

Second is my hope to raise a virtuous boy. My husband and I work on discipline and values and we study the bible and catechism and we discuss things, but I wanted a little more focus on the virtues… Maybe a mini-curriculum so to speak. Well imagine my surprise when I visited a friend and she had recently purchased just the thing. P.A.C.E. Programs for Achieving Character Education, Catholic Home Version. This wonderful curriculum is for grades K-6 and gives you a read-aloud plan to go along with 10 specific virtues. Did you catch that – a read-aloud plan. And best of all one that is related to virtues!!! The 10 virtues are: Self discipline, work, perseverance, faith and trust, compassion, friendship, courage, loyalty, responsibility and honesty.

This is one of those curriculums that can be as big or as little as you want. It is broken down into suggested readings for each grade and suggested Saints and Bible stories as well. There is also several other subject ideas to make this a more well-rounded program. The primary read-aloud featured in the curriculum is William Bennet’s The Book of Virtues. Now you know it’s gonna be good right – who can beat William Bennet!

I decided to tweak it to fit the boy. Going through the list I picked titles based on:

  1. What I have or have easy access to
  2. What complements and adds to the teachings of our Faith
  3. What fits for a 2nd grader
  4. What would be of most interest to a boy

Next I assigned a virtue to each month and put together my reading list. I would also be happy to e-mail this to you in either PDF or Excel format if you would like to use it for your own base list.

P.A.C.E. Virtues – Read-Aloud’s for 2012/2013 School Year

September – Self Discipline January – Faith and Trust April – Courage July – Honesty
  Harry the Dirty Dog   Polar Express   Unknown, “Actions speak louder…”   Unknown, “That child is wise who tells no lies…”
  The Chocolate Touch   23rd Psalms   Robert Frost, “Two roads… less traveled..”   Zaccheus, Luke 19: 1-10
  Ephesians 6: 1-4   From the Book of Virtues:   David & Goliath   St. John Vianney
  From the Book of Virtues:   A Child’s Prayer – p. 744   St. Stephen – Acts 7: 54-60 & 8: 1-3   Dandelion
  Please – p. 24   Noah and the Ark – p. 745   Courage of Sarah Noble   Peter Rabbit
  The Little Gentleman – p. 43   All Things Beautiful – p. 748   Kids Biography of Davy Crockett   A Pair of Red Clogs
  The Boy and the Nuts – p. 46   The Sermon to the Birds – p. 761   From the Book of Virtues:   Kids Biography of Abraham Lincoln
  The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs – p. 47   St. Nicholas and the Golden Bars – p. 763   Jack and the Beanstalk – p. 450   George Washington & the cherry tree
  The Flies and the Honey Pot – p. 48   Hansel and Gretel – p. 453   From the Book of Virtues:
  The Frogs and the Well – p. 52   The Brave Mice – p. 457   The Boy Who Never Told a Lie, p. 601
  The Golden Touch – p. 63   Chanticleer and Partlet – p. 458   The Boy Who Cried “Wolf”, p. 602
  The Honest Woodman, p. 602
  Someone Sees You, p. 604
October – Work February – Compassion May – Loyalty   Rebecca’s Afterthough, p. 608
  Johnny Appleseed   Golden Rule, “Do unto others…”   JFK , “Ask not what your country…”   The Frog Prince, p. 623
  The Ox Cart Man   Aesop, “Repay kindness with kindness…”   Meshach, Sharrach & Abednego – Daniel 3: 13-30, 6: 1-24   The Pied Piper of Hamelin, p. 627
  Kids Biography of Ben Franklin   St. Kolbe   Pledge of Allegience   The Emperor’s New Clothes, p. 630
  Noah’s Ark   Jesus & the leper, Mark 1: 40-45   Charlotte’s Web
  From the Book of Virtues:   Mr. Popper’s Penguins   Boxcar Children
  The Little Red Hen – p. 352   From the Book of Virtues:   From the Book of Virtues:
  The Ants and the Grasshopper – p. 354   The Lion and the Mouse – p. 110   Little Boy Blue – p. 667
  The Sheep and the Pig Who Built a House – p. 356   A Child’s Prayer – p. 112   The Cap That Mother Made – p. 668
  The Three Little Pigs – p. 357   Androcoles and the Lion – p. 118   America – p. 718
  The Farmer and His Sons – p. 370   The Legend of the Dipper – p. 122
  Grandmother’s Table – p. 143
November – Perseverance March – Friendship June Responsibility
  Kids Biography of Robert Fulton   John 15: 12-17   Unknown, “Promises to keep, and miles to go…”
  Kids Biography of Henry Ford   Frog & Toad   Story of St. Joseph and taking care of Holy Family
  Kids Biography of Wright Brothers   Billy & Blaze   Miss Rumphius
  Talk about Olympic athletes   From the Book of Virtues:   From the Book of Virtues:
  Story of Job   The Bear and the Travelers – p. 271   St. George and the Dragon – p. 192
  From the Book of Virtues:   The Velveteen Rabbit – p. 275   The Boy We Want – p. 196
  The Tortoise and the Hare – p. 529   Friendship – p. 284   Sir Walter Raleigh – p. 200
  The Little Steam Engine – p. 530   Little Girls Wiser Than Men – p. 318   Which Loved Best – p. 204
  Try, Try Again – p. 532   If You Were -p. 207
  The Crow and the Pitcher – p. 532
  You Mustn’t Quit – p. 536
December – focusing on Advent so no P.A.C.E.


Do you do anything specific to instill virtues in your home? If so please share with us what you do.


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2 thoughts on “Virtues for a 2nd Grade Boy

  1. Jessica on said:

    Looks great!

  2. Ingrid on said:

    Thank you. This is a great outline!

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