Latticed Learning - Character Traits

Learn while playing with Latticed Learning!  This week's theme has plenty of activities to go along with it - keep reading to find out more!

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Welcome back to Latticed Learning!  This year, we're continuing to learn while we play - repeating many of our favorites from the past while adding in all sorts of new activities as well.

This day's post is devoted to our weekly themes - some weeks have more activities than others, but each lesson will be fun for you to explore with your little one!

Read All About It

Pretty much all of the books we read this week focused on a specific positive character trait.

Titch the Tiddler was the book Gv chose to read the most out of our pile. Despite being snubbed by the other ocean critters, cute little Titch is happy to help them out when they need saving.


The Way I Act is just as fabulous as Steve Metzger's The Way I Feel, which I've shared in the past is one of our family's all-time favorite books.  This one focuses on positive character traits and is so helpful for introducing new vocabulary to little learners.

The Rainbow Fish is a classic tale of a fish who learns what it really means to be a friend.  Plus, it's got rainbow in the title, so you know I like that!


Solomon the Supersonic Salamander is a little cheesy for me and G, but Gv loves it, so that makes it a winner.  It definitely has a great message, but I'm just warning you to have some crackers on hand to go with all that cheese...

The Crayon Box That Talked

The Berenstain Bears Pick Up and Put Away

The Little Engine That Could

George and Martha

Owl Moon

Sing Some Songs

There were a few great tunes that I stumbled across this week:

This album is full of character-building music.

Then this album had all sorts of great songs for this week, with our favorite being Down in My Heart.

Watch Some Videos

You can watch pretty much any Berenstain Bears episode and find positive character traits as a focus, so that's what we did.

Play and Create

We did several things (besides reading books) to correspond to our fruit of the Spirit/character traits theme:

We created this little poster, which I like so much, I might turn it into a painting on canvas for Gv's room.  Even though it's a future Bible verse, we played this song a lot this week and Gv loved running over to point to all the different hearts during the song.  I'm sure we'll use it again later on, when this is our weekly verse.

Gv loved having another excuse to trace her hand!

We ate a fruit salad, composed of grapes, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, apples, banana slices, cantaloupe chunks and blueberries (just because that's the fruit we had on hand).  As we cut up and added each one, we talked about which fruit of the spirit it represented and also what other positive character traits it was similar to.

Some of the positive character traits we talked about were generosity, forgiveness, cooperation, tolerance, helpfulness, compassion, empathy, honesty, thankfulness and trustworthiness.  These were also the main ones we looked for in the stories we read this week, as well as the ones I tried to point out when we naturally encountered them during the course of the week.

Gv really loved talking about cooperation, because that's one of the words on an app she enjoys playing on my Nook, called Endless Alphabet.

I also created goofy little fruits for Gv to collect and tape up onto our mantel to smile at during the week.  You can find out more and download your own set for free by checking out the post here.

I considered doing all sorts of other activities for each specific fruit/character trait, but decided this little introduction was just right for Gv right now and we have plenty of time to delve into them a bit more in the future.  Plus, we've been doing all sorts of extra holiday crafts during these past few weeks (like thesethese, and these) and so that's been taking up quite a bit of our time.

We also pulled out the pattern blocks to make a turkey like this one.  Ours was just temporary, however.  You'd better believe no gluing took place with my fancy shapes!

It was another fun week!

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