What is CT?
CT is character training. We define character as those unique abilities required to meet the demands of reality. Each person either possesses or lacks the character that will help them succeed or fail in life.
The character qualities we strive to build in our students, and which we believe should be esteemed and respected by others, are those which God has declared in the Bible to be good. We have chosen eleven* such qualities to focus on, including discipline, courage, integrity, and commitment. These constitute the true character we endeavor to form in your child during their training at Emeth.
Why do you incorporate CT into your program?
We believe God created your child with a mission. Emeth exists to build the character they need to succeed. The CT training your child receives will not only help them excel in gymnastics, but will carry over into other areas of their lives as well.
“Emeth is much more than gymnastics. Emeth is family, faith, and friends. My family has been blessed to have been part of the family for almost a decade now and anyone looking to add value to their lives or the lives of their children should take a look!” ~ Jeff R. June 2018
How is CT included in classes?
Since character training is the foundation upon which our curriculum is built, we set aside five to seven minutes each class period to focus on our current quality. We do this through:
Original adventure stories, written specifically for our students, are at the core of each twelve week session. Students identify with the main characters as they strive to overcome areas of weakness in their own lives and experience the rewards of doing so Juniors (4-6 years) and Seniors (7+) listen to short chapters which are read and/or reviewed each week and include discussion.
* Coaches suggest ways to apply the selected trait at the gym as well as in everyday life.
Our lives will move in the direction of our strongest thoughts. The Bible teaches in Philippians 4:8, “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Declarations are short statements which are rooted in biblical truth and contain practical application, e.g. “I am thankful for the gifts God has given me today.” Declarations train our minds to think thoughts that will bring us life.
Every character quality that is being emphasized has a Bible verse at its core. For example, during our season focused on thankfulness, the students memorized, “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) These are repeated during each class period.
Double the impact of CT with these ideas!
- On the way home from class, at meal time, or bedtime ask what happened in the story today.
- Did they find ways to apply the quality in class today?
- Place the Bible verse and declaration on the fridge and say them several times a day.
- Draw pictures of the main character. Hang them up or keep them in a folder as a book.
- Rewards for trying to apply the quality at home (ice cream, the park, movie night, etc.)
- If applicable, engage as a family, e.g., when learning about serving others, volunteer for a local fundraiser; take a meal to a new mom; yard work for elderly neighbor…
- Leave little notes for your child telling them how happy you were they practiced the quality in a specific way. Compliment them in front of the family.
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We know you want your child to be self-disciplined, honest, confident, loving, hard-working, and selfless. As a member of our Emeth family, we will help you achieve that vision!
“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” ~ Chuck Swindoll
At Emeth Gymnastics, we are committed to helping you deposit true character into the life of your child!
*You can find a complete breakdown of what is included in CT on a weekly basis, including current and past recordings of stories at Emethgym.com/CT.