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Title: Looking for some great vocabulary words
Post by: vanessa-howard on February 24, 2016, 03:11 PM
I am working on a series of educational picture/chapter books. The books introduce readers to new and interesting vocabulary words. One of my primary goals with this is to use words that not only grow a kid's vocabulary, but also his character. So far, my list includes words such as perseverance, gumption, integrity, solicitous, charitable.

Any suggestions on great spirit-building words kids should learn?
Title: Re: Looking for some great vocabulary words
Post by: Vijaya on February 24, 2016, 03:18 PM
All the virtues! Patience, fortitude, humility, kindness ...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_virtues

By the way, I love your Lewis quote!
Vijaya
Title: Re: Looking for some great vocabulary words
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on February 29, 2016, 05:57 PM
confidence, esteem (for self and others), admirable (in a few forms), awe(some) - wouldn't it be great if kids really understood what the awe part meant, sincerity, punctuality, gratitude. That's it for my brainstorming at the moment. I hope they help.

-Debbie
Title: Re: Looking for some great vocabulary words
Post by: koozoo on February 29, 2016, 06:43 PM
Vijaya mentioned the virtues. I recall back in the 70's or 80's or so there was an whole series of children's picture books -each writing on one virtue. They related the virtue to a famous person in history. I'm sorry but I can't recall the series at the moment. One could always read William Bennett's Children's Book of Virtues.

Title: Re: Looking for some great vocabulary words
Post by: Arona on March 01, 2016, 03:34 AM
I remember those books of virtue. I have no memory, though, of each virtue being assigned to an individual. Great concept...as is the OPs.

Has integrity been mentioned?

Character (as in one's personal character, building character).

Decorum.

Equanimity. (Eh...to advanced a word.)

Grace, as in having grace.

Gracious.
Title: Re: Looking for some great vocabulary words
Post by: koozoo on March 01, 2016, 04:47 AM
I remember those books of virtue. I have no memory, though, of each virtue being assigned to an individual. Great concept...as is the OPs.

Has integrity been mentioned?

Character (as in one's personal character, building character).

Decorum.

Equanimity. (Eh...to advanced a word.)

Grace, as in having grace.

Gracious.

Now I remember...They were Value stories. Here is a link to Marie Curie's Value of Learning. there are others listed below including determination, responsibility, patience, respect, love, caring, understanding, etc.....

http://smile.amazon.com/Value-Learning-Story-Marie-Curie/dp/091639218X/ref=sr_1_28?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1456835958&sr=1-28&keywords=marie+curie

There were at least 30 books if I recall in the full series. They often circulate among homeschool families to this day. More wordy than today's tastes, but the topics are classic.
Title: Re: Looking for some great vocabulary words
Post by: vanessa-howard on March 01, 2016, 04:51 AM
Thanks for all the tips! Those are great words and resources. (And I'm encouraged by the fact that even these similar titles are nothing like my series. )
Title: Re: Looking for some great vocabulary words
Post by: koozoo on March 01, 2016, 07:37 AM
Best of luck to you Vanessa!  :goodluck

Look forward to seeing your books published!
Title: Re: Looking for some great vocabulary words
Post by: DianeBailey on March 01, 2016, 11:52 AM

Tolerance!
Title: Re: Looking for some great vocabulary words
Post by: shilpa on March 01, 2016, 12:54 PM
Diverse, different, special - I think they all figure prominently while growing up!
Title: Re: Looking for some great vocabulary words
Post by: Meredithmiller1 on March 06, 2016, 06:15 PM
Integrity, tenacious, communicative, auspicious, magnitude, intent, platitude, solace, elated