Character Education


 

Training Hearts and Teaching Minds – Education for Life

Proverbs 22:6

Training hearts and teaching minds are complementary features of Christian education. The covenant community (a three-part union of home, school, and church) must address not only the intellect, but also the heart, to produce wisdom and disciplined behavior. In the midst of a society plagued by problems of immorality, we look to God’s Word for ways to build strong Christian character in our children.

In addition to weekly a Chapel, biblical character traits and related topics are covered throughout the school year. Materials and information are provided to reinforce character education at home. CCA parents and teachers are involved in TEAMwork, as Character Advocates at home and school: we teach, encourage, advocate, and mentor/model godly character, always looking for opportunities to fulfill the goals of Christian education–developing habits of the heart in training for life in Christ. .  Each week a Character Comment is published to encourage thought and home discussions relative to training at home. (Character Comments archive)

MONTHLY CHARACTER TRAIT CURRICULUM

  1. Man’s chief end –  To glorify God and to enjoy Him forever (Westminster Shorter Catechism Question #1)
  2. Reformation –  The Reformation and Covenant of Grace
  3. Obedience – To God and authorities – immediate, complete, without challenge or complaint
  4. Respect – Reverence for God and authorities; respect for and dignity of others
  5. Diligence – Covenant expectations for excellence, initiative, and perseverance
  6. Love – Covenant faithfulness: faith, hope, and love
  7. Self-Control – The heart of the covenant; patience and humility
  8. Character Trait Review – The Character Tree: root, trunk, leaves, and fruit of the Spirit
  9. Orderliness – Covenant discipleship, responsibility, and accountability

The character trait curriculum is reinforced throughout the school day through a reflective process called STAR – Stop, Think, Act, and Review.