Welcome to Kuemper Virtues in Practice!

Program Overview

The overall goal of Catholic education is heaven, but knowledge alone will not get us there. Virtues in Practice helps students to practice and live out the faith in their everyday lives!

Program Overview

Prayer of the Year

Virtue of the Month | September: Hope

What is a Virtue?

A virtue is a good habit and behavior showing high moral standards. The word virtue comes from the Latin word Virtus, which means strength. Our fallen nature is weak and can easily become entangled in a vice, but graces the graces available to us through Christ enable us to overcome our weaknesses and develop strength, or virtue. People who are virtuous enjoy the freedom of being their best selves and growing closer to God, so don’t forget to pray this grace!

Getting Started

✓Parent Guide: The Parent's Guide PDF stores all home project information for each month. Keep in mind, there are multiple home project choices for each month!

✓File Archive: All files and PDFs are found in our Google Drive's File Archive as a backup in case you didn't complete a past month's project. You may download and print these files at any time.

✓Workbooks: Each grade-span has a monthly workbook that you will be using throughout the month. These files can be found in the File Archive OR under each grade-span to be downloaded.

GRADE K

Saint Card of the Month

Virtue of the Month

Home Projects of the Month

  1. Discuss: what promises did God make and keep in the Old Testament? What promises did God make in the New Testament? Each day this month say a prayer thanking God for his promises and tell Him you can’t wait to see how He keeps them, because you know He will.

  2. Practice saying the prayer: “Jesus, I trust in You!” especially when you are sad or afraid.

  3. Christian hope does not mean making a wish or wanting something. It means knowing for sure that God loves us and will bring us to heaven if we follow Him. Draw a picture of heaven and describe it to your parents.

 

GRADES 1-2

Saint Card of the Month

Virtue of the Month

Home Projects of the Month

  1. Discuss: what promises did God make and keep in the Old Testament? What promises did God make in the New Testament? Each day this month say a prayer thanking God for his promises and tell Him you can’t wait to see how He keeps them, because you know He will.

  2. Practice saying the prayer: “Jesus, I trust in You!” especially when you are sad or afraid.

  3. Christian hope does not mean making a wish or wanting something. It means knowing for sure that God loves us and will bring us to heaven if we follow Him. Draw a picture of heaven and describe it to your parents.

 

GRADES 3-5

Saint Card of the Month

Virtue of the Month

Home Projects of the Month

  1. Learn and pray the Act of Hope each day this month.

  2. Write a poem about how our lives on earth are only a journey to heaven, our true home.

  3. Look back on something bad that happened to you. What good did God bring out of it? Pray for the ability to trust, in hard moments, that God will always conquer by bringing good even out of evil.

  4. Search for a beautiful image of heaven and post it in your room this month to remind you that it is your true home.

  5. Pray each night this month, asking God to tell you about your vocation, how He is calling you to give your life to serve and follow him.

 

GRADES 6-8

Saint Card of the Month

Virtue of the Month

Home Projects of the Month

  1. Make a list of songs that talk about “love forever”. Does this life last forever? Whether we know it or not, what do all people truly long for? Find a joyful song that is about loving God in heaven (or could be easily interpreted to be about loving God in heaven), and make it your fall-back tune for humming at random moments this month. If people ask you what song it is, tell them why you chose that one.

  2. When you experience evil or discouragement, fight the tendency to look inward and despair–look upward and forward to Christ and heaven, which makes any suffering worthwhile.

  3. Interview parents (yours or someone else’s). How have they planned for their children’s future? Have they planned for their children’s eternal future? Ask if their plans have ever failed or turned out differently, and whether the virtue of trusting in God’s plan helped them at those times.

 

Monthly Reflections

 

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