Learning Virtues Through Reading

Every now and then we catch Rachel in a lie.

Mommy: Did you eat that piece of candy that was right here?

Rachel: No.

Mommy: Please open your mouth.

Said candy falls out of the wee one's mouth and on to the floor.


Nicholas heard us talking to Rachel about doing the right thing. He disappeared into his room and came back with his book, "The Children's Book of Virtues" by William J. Bennett. He invited Rachel to sit on the couch with him so he could read to her.

He shuffled through the pages until he came to just the right spot. Then he read to her the stories "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" and "The Honest Woodman".

Rachel sat quietly and listened to everything her big brother read to her. He summarized the stories for her to try to make sure she understood why it was important to always tell the truth. I was just amazed to watch this. Nicholas did this entirely on his own and he obviously understands the value of learning from "living books". It was a beautiful moment!

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