Friday, March 15, 2013

We Choose Virtues Review & Giveaway

As soon as my kids caught a glimpse of the We Choose Virtues flash cards, they were interested. I am guessing the characters and bright colors were enough to do them in. :)



First thing we did was read the flash cards daily. Sounds simple but my 4 year old really enjoyed reading them! After we got more familiar with the virtues and saying it has been so simple to refer back to them when needed! Here is just one example:


ME: Boys, it is time to clean the play room.

4 YO: There is too much. It will be so hard!

ME: But you can be diligent! Start fast, work hard, and finish strong! If you are diligent then it will get done fast!

4 YO: Deal a dent(diligent). Start fast, work hard, and finish strong. 


He repeated those words the whole time he was picking up toys until the job was done and he was so proud of himself! Another time we grabbed the flash cards was when my older child shoved our middle child.


ME: No, please be gentle! (We grabbed the gentle card.) What does gentle mean?

4 YO: I don't know.

ME: Gentle means I speak quietly and touch softly. 


We acted out speaking loud and quiet and touching rough and gentle to remind ourselves of the differences. He thought that was pretty funny!

These flash cards have been such a fantastic tool! Each card has a virtue, character, says what the virtue is and is not, and includes a corresponding Bible verse. Also included with the flash cards are ideas for games to assist in learning these virtues. This resource really helps make character training easy and fun. 

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

A Little Bit of Life

 All three.
 Out.
After 8.5 months of breast milk, Eli decided to get adventurous and try food!
Blue eyes.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Make It Memorable: Fruit of the Spirit



Fruit of the Spirit - Week 5

Scripture
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22)

Items Needed
Bible 
Paint
Brushes
Paper
Tape 
Optional: Velcro tabs with sticky backs
Marker

This Activity Takes
30 Minutes (Does not include drying time)

What I Want My Child to Learn
To recognize the fruit of the spirit in daily life.


First, I drew a basic outline of a tree. The boys painted it. While they were painting we talked about the verse and what each fruit of the Spirit meant.
 

After it dried, I cut it out.



Then, we cut out our fruit and I wrote the fruit of the spirit on them. I actually put velco tabs with sticky on the backs of our fruit so we can put them up on the tree many times. (Tape would work just fine if you are not planning on reusing the tree!)



My ultimate plan with our fruit of the Spirit tree is to make it a game. We start out with no fruit on the tree and when we catch each other showing love or joy or self-control, for example, then we will velcro the corresponding fruit on the tree. Once the tree is full then we will do something special like go out for ice cream, stay up late, or rent a movie.



Monday, January 28, 2013

Make it Memorable: Rainbow



Rainbow - Week 4

Scripture
I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. (Genesis 9:13-15)

Items Needed
Bible 
Paint
Brushes
Paper

This Activity Takes
20 Minutes 

What I Want My Child to Learn
That a rainbow is a sign of the covenant God made between Himself and all living things. 



First, we briefly discussed the story of Noah's ark. Myles is very familiar so he was able to tell us most of the details of the story.

This project is really simple....I taught my boys how to paint a rainbow.
Cooper (Left), Myles (Right), Mine (Top)
While painting we named the colors and we talked about verse 15 in particular..."I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh." (This time consisted of defining covenant, too)

By the time we were finished painting, Myles was able to explain what rainbows remind us of!


video


Excited that the next time we see a rainbow Myles will know that it is the sign of a wonderful covenant!


Here's the last one we saw....right over our home. Such beauty - we have such a merciful and awesome God!