Our Character Development Charts

Character Development is very important to me in our children’s schooling.  I have put together this chart as we track our progress towards character goals.  The formatting came across kind of crazy, but I have this as an MS Excel document and hopefully if you copy and paste it in there the program will know what to do.  (if not, I can email you a copy – theconvictedmama@gmail.com)

I’m aiming to give one sticker at the Emerging level (early elementary), Refining level (upper elementary/junior high), and Mastery level (high school). We try to focus on one character habit each month.

Character Development
There are 60 Character Strengths and Virtues selected here from the studies of Peterson & Seligman and extracted from Charlotte Mason’s works.  These traits are considered good by the vast majority of cultures and throughout history.  They tend to lead to increased happiness when practiced, and reflect Biblical character teachings.
E – Emerging; R – Refining; M – Mastery
Courage Accomplish Goals in the Face of Opposition
      Bravery Possessing or exhibiting courage or courageous endurance.  Having the courage to face things that are scary or difficult.
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      Persistence Persisting, especially in spite of opposition, obstacles, discouragement; Persevering.
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      Integrity Adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.
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      Vitality Exuberant physical strength or mental vigor; continuation of a meaningful and purposeful existence.
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      Personal Initiative Readiness and ability in initiating action.
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E – Emerging; R – Refining; M – Mastery
Courage Accomplish Goals in the Face of Opposition
      Truthfulness Telling the truth habitually.
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      Fortitude Mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, danger, or temptation courageously.
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E – Emerging; R – Refining; M – Mastery
Decency and Propriety Managing One’s Self
      Cleanliness Personally neat and tidy.
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      Neatness, Order Habitually careful to keep or make clean and orderly.
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      Regularity Managing one’s self with rhythmic frequency.
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      Diligence Constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken; persistent exertion of body and mind.
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      Self-Discipline Discipline and training of oneself in one’s habits, usually for improvement.
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      Hard Work / Perfect Execution Making an effort to do your best at any task (quality over quantity).
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E – Emerging; R – Refining; M – Mastery
Decency and Propriety Managing One’s Self
      Obedience The act or practice of obeying; dutiful or submissive compliance.
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      Self-Regulation / Self-Control Control or restraint of oneself or one’s actions, feelings, etc. in a wide variety of circumstances
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      Self-Control in Emergencies Control or restraint of oneself or one’s actions, feelings, etc.  in emergency situations
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      Even Temper Not easily ruffled, annoyed, or disturbed; calm
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E – Emerging; R – Refining; M – Mastery
Humanity Tending and Befriending Others
      Love A feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, which shows in the way you treat someone.
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      Peace A state of mutual harmony between people; freedom of the mind from annoyance, anxiety or obscession; tranquility; serenity.
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      Kindness Indulgent, considerate, or helpful; humane; of a good or benevolent nature.
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      Patience Waiting calmly for something or someone without making a fuss; the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain without complaint, loss of temper, irritation or the like; an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay; quiet, steady perseverence
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      Goodness Morally excellent; virtuous; righteous; pious; of high quality; honorable or worthy
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E – Emerging; R – Refining; M – Mastery
Humanity Tending and Befriending Others
      Gentleness Mild; moderate; easily handled or managed.
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      Courtesy Excellence of manners or social conduct; polite behavior.
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      Forgiveness Being willing to let go of the hurt and anger you feel when others wrong you; to grant pardon/remission.
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      Good Manners Ways of behaving with reference to polite standards; social comportment.
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      Generosity Giving to others without expecting anything in return.
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      Faithfulness Being loyal and true in your words and actions toward others and toward God; reliable, trustworthy.
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E – Emerging; R – Refining; M – Mastery
Humanity Tending and Befriending Others
      Usefulness Being of use or service; serving some purpose; advantageous, helpful, or of good effect.
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      Social Intelligence The ability to form rewarding relationships with other people.
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      Mercy Compassionate or kindly forebearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one’s power; compassion, pity or benevolence.
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E – Emerging; R – Refining; M – Mastery
Justice Build Healthy Community
      Active Citizenship Behavior in terms of the duties, obligations, and functions of a citizen.
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      Responsibility Taking charge of the things you do for yourself and others.
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      Loyalty Faithfulness to commitments or obligations.
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      Teamwork Cooperative or coordinated effort on the part of a group of persons acting together as a team or in the interests of a common cause.
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      Fairness Free from bias or injustice; evenhandedness.
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      Leadership To guide in direction, course, action, opinion.
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E – Emerging; R – Refining; M – Mastery
Temperence Protect Against Excess
      Humility Modest opinion or estimate of one’s own importance.
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      Modesty and Purity Regard for decency of behavior, speech, dress; freedom from vanity, boastfulness.
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      Prudence Caution with regard to practical matters; descretion.  Provident care in the management of resources; economy; frugality.
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      Self-Restraint in Indulgences The act of restraining, holding back, controlling, or checking behaviors and indulgences.
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E – Emerging; R – Refining; M – Mastery
Wisdom and Knowledge Acquisition and Use of Knowledge
      Creativity The ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations; originality, progressiveness, or imagination.
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      Curiosity The desire to learn or know about anything; inquisitiveness.
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      Open-Mindedness Having or showing a mind receptive to new ideas or arguments.
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      Love of Learning Learning for its own sake is the best preparation for functioning competitively and creatively.  Learning for its own sake is wonderful, desirable, and enjoyable, but only after an individual has found a way to connect learning and life in a manner that influences everyday life – including earning a living.
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      Perspective / Wisdom Coordination of knowledge and experience; deliberately improving wellbeing.
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E – Emerging; R – Refining; M – Mastery
Wisdom and Knowledge Acquisition and Use of Knowledge
      Attention / Mental Effort A concentration of the mind on a single object or thought; a capacity to maintain selective and sustained concentration.
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      Imagining Forming mental images of things not present in the senses.  To suppose, think, conjecture.
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      Observation Noticing, perceiving, regarding attentively.
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      Remembering / Memorization To retain in the memory; keep in mind; remain aware of.
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      Thinking Thoughtful, reflective, rational, reasoning.
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E – Emerging; R – Refining; M – Mastery
Transcendence Connect to a Purpose and Provide Meaning
      Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence Estimating the qualities of things and giving them their proper value; recognition of outstanding quality or superior merit; clear perception or recognition, especially of aesthetic quality; critical notice; evaluation.
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      Gratitude Being thankful and showing your appreciation to others when they do things for you.
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      Hope To look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence.
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      Joyfulness The emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation.
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      Humor & Playfulness An instance of being or attempting to be comical or amusing; fun or jest, as opposed to seriousness.
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E – Emerging; R – Refining; M – Mastery
Transcendence Connect to a Purpose and Provide Meaning
      Meditation Continued or extended thought; reflection; contemplation.
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      Reverence A feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe.
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      Outdoor Appreciation Placing importance on the natural world, spending time outdoors and caring for nature.
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      Thanksgiving The act of giving thanks; grateful acknowledgement of benefits or favors, especially to God.
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      Spirituality The principle of conscious life; attention to sacred things or matters.  A sense of purpose and coherence.
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Resources:  Laying Down the Rails (Sonya Shafer), Laying Down the Rails for Children, Book 1&2 (Lanaya Gore), A Child’s Book of Values (Lesley Wright), Character Strengths and Virtues (Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman – 2004), character studies from selected biographies.

 

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2 thoughts on “Our Character Development Charts

  1. Thank you for sharing this! Saving this for our coming school year at home! Can’t believe I’m actually saying that! 😱

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