Character English:

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“Growing your character one letter at a time.”

Character English® is a character education programme that teaches 26 character and leadership strengths through the letters of the alphabet from A to Z. The resources are designed for children at the kindergarten and primary school levels (but also for anyone who is a child at heart!).

We have stories with teacher and parent discussion guides, songs, animated video clips, hands-on art & craft, and games. The materials can used for self-learning, as one-to-one teaching, or delivered as a class. They are also ideal for after-school or holiday workshops, camps, or assembly programmes.

Read some brief answers to our frequently asked questions below.

What are the 26 character & leadership strengths?

The Character English® and Leadership of Nature® programmes are based on the same set of 26 character and leadership strengths. These include: Adaptability, Balance, Commitment, Determination, Encouragement, Focus, Guidance, Humility, Inspiration, Joy, Kindness, Learning, Maturity, Neatness, Optimism, Perspective, Quality, Reflection, Skillfulness, Trust, Unity, Vision, Watchfulness, X-factor, Youthfulness, Zeal. Click here to read our list and definitions.

Why teach character education?

As we list and define our character strengths, we believe that all teaching always requires and imparts character lessons. Learning is not possible void of these character strengths. For example, it would be impossible without adaptability and determination. A good teacher also imparts joy, provides encouragement, and helps reflection for deep learning. In fact, learning itself is listed as one of our character strengths.

More importantly, knowledge and skills learnt will be used to make future decisions. Every decision inherently requires the use of some character and leadership strengths. Because teaching is not possible without character lessons being learnt, we should aim for the right and positive character strengths to be taught.

How to teach character education?

Just as we believe that the teaching of academic subjects is not void of character lessons, we believe that character education does not have to be learnt detached from other subjects. The Character English®​ programme uses an interdisciplinary learning approach. Each character strength is explored with English language lessons featuring stories and songs to learn listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. The animal and plant characters are then further explored with fun games, science investigations, mathematics, and art & craft.

Other frequently asked questions

Character English uses stories and songs written in English to explore 26 character strengths from A to Z of the alphabet letters. These are new concepts for young children and the first step is to expand and build a common vocabulary for learning. There are speaking, listening, reading and writing activities, but the primary purpose is as a character education programme and not to systematically teach technical language skills, such as grammar. There are however many opportunities to expand the existing lesson plans into deeper areas of language learning.

Character English uses an interdisciplinary approach that covers the STREAM education areas (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics). As each character strength is based upon an animal or plant story from nature, the programme naturally aligns with content from science: biology (most topics in primary school curriculum frameworks are touched upon), and there is also exploration of chemistry and physics. Learning of other education areas (including technology, engineering, art & craft, mathematics, geography, and music) are meant to complement and enrich existing school subject teaching.

Each character strength lesson package begins with an overview and warm-up to get the students excited about learning and stimulate thinking about the theme. Vocabulary is introduced through songs and word game activities, followed by exploration of the theme through songs and stories. Various lessons in art and craft, science, technology, engineering and mathematics consolidate the creative and critical learning. The final reflection and wrap-up summarise the lesson and invite planning of next steps for further growth.

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3 levels are identified and written with learning objectives for each of the modular lessons. These are the Runners (5-6 years), Climbers (7-8 years) and Flyers (9-10 years). Although the age range is suggested, children learn at different paces and it is possible to be more advanced or require more time for mastering some concepts.

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The student-centred and collaborative/cooperative approach through dialogue and hands-on activities allow teachers to observe and assess students. Formative assessment is used throughout the programme to evaluate student progress, provide feedback and plan the next steps. The final reflection allows students to self-evaluate what they have learnt and share responsibility for their further growth. The take-home learning artefacts allow parents to engage in conversations with their children to consolidate learning.

The programme is designed with flexibility and freedom of use in mind. Each full lesson package can be taught over 1 to 2 months as weekly 1 to 2 hour lessons. Schools can select and adapt individual character strengths as part of their character education programme or follow a suggested full implementation over a 4-year cycle of 6 + 7 + 6 + 7 character strengths yearly.

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Character English nature

Character English nature songs

Here are samples from our Character English® songs from the nature series. The songs will be available for online purchase and download soon, and we have the mp3 audio, sheet music, lyrics, and chords. We also have English lesson plans with worksheets and slides for teaching and discussion.

Coming Soon... Character English 2019

We are developing and launching new content in 2019. These will be available as workbooks and curriculum resource packs. Please contact us for training and licensing details on using the materials. 

Character English® has 26 character strength lesson packages. The first six character strengths from A to F have been launched in 2019, and the remaining will be ready in 2020. Below is an overview of some of our materials. Visit our FREE learning resources page for more!

Comics

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Comics are a popular trend now. But it can be hard to find kid-friendly comics. We tell a short story for each animal and plant in our series in one page of comic strips. We also have raw version for children to practice writing and colouring.

Songs

To complement the nature songs, we have another set of character songs for each letter of the alphabet. Each song comes with its mp3 audio, sheet music, lyrics, and chords. Listen to a preview below.

“What should you do
when you face something new?
You’ve got to react.
You’ve got to adapt.”

adaptability (2019 song) sheet music

Sung to the tune of the ABC song:

“Grow, grow, grow our character;
Through the alphabet letters;
As we learn our ABC;
Travel round the world and see;
Fun with stories from nature;
Let’s go on our adventures.”

Posters

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“The oystercatcher grows a beak shaped for the food it eats.”

Our motivational posters for kids are available both as colour wall posters, and as connect-the-dots and colouring activity worksheets.

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Stories

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“We oystercatchers really know how to adapt.
We find new food, and we react.”

Learn fun facts about animals and plants with our story series. Explore new vocabulary and rhymes. These stories expand upon the short summaries in the comics series with 10 pages of realistic and amazing hand-illustrated drawings for each story. Each page further shows an animation sequence of the character.

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