We have started to implement a new Heart Checklist. (I like the sound of this better than rules.) I don't just want the girls to behave well, I went them to have an awareness of where their heart is at.
"Above all else, guard your heart
for from it flows the springs of life."
I listened to a great sermon a few weeks back on the difference between obedience motivated by love and compliance. (If you are interested, you can listen to it here.) I deeply desire obedience and not just mere compliance from my children. It can sure be hard though. It requires more work, and time, admitting when I am wrong, and being willing to grow relationship bonds deeper. This is my prayer though, and I pray that God will give me the strength, patience, wisdom, hubleness and self-control to see it through. This week we have continued to talk about check point number 3, loving one another well, and we learned a new verse this week from Proverbs 17:17, "A friend loves at all times."
Here is what we have currently listed on our Heart Checklist:
1. Love and listen to God.
2. Love and listen to Daddy, Mommy and Miss Emily.
3. Love one another:
- Be nice.
- "Hug it out."
4. Use your words.
5. Greet one another in love.
BOOK OF THE WEEK:
By: Ruth Young
"Thank you God! You give us victory through Jesus."
1 Corinthians 15:57
" A friend loves at all times."
(Great song that corresponds with this verse, track#6 from Songs for Saplings)
LETTER OF THE WEEK: V
- vase, laminated picture
- violin, laminated picture (we watched a few you-tube videos of violin performances as well)
- vanilla, scented candle to smell
- vest, doll-sized
- velvet, strips of ribbon and one of Roo's headbands
- velcro, pieces that could be pulled apart
- violet, a piece of violet colored paper, laminated
- vegetable, a matching game with laminated pictures
- valentines, heart shaped foam paper
MUSIC CONNECTION (Continued songs from last week too...)
(from Songs for Saplings, Track #6)
A friend loves at all times, all times, all times,
A friend loves at all times.
Proverbs seventeen, seventeen.
CRAFTY CORNER: Beaded Bear Necklaces
This was a fun project. I had pre-cut the materials (nylon string, card stock bear faces, sticky foam shapes for ears and nose). The girls peeled off the sticky paper to place the ears and nose on their bear. It took the girls a few minutes to get used to handling the beads. Once they got it down, however, they did great. I let them decide if they wanted to make a bracelet or a necklace. We ended up with two necklaces and one bracelet. Super cute!
MONTESSORI-INSPIRED WORK BOXES
Another challenge I have found, which I anticipated going into this, is that Roo gets into all of it. She loves to just dump everything out. The point of these shelves is to have them accessible to the girls when they chose, so putting the items away or higher doesn't make sense. Any Montessori Mama's out there have any suggestions on how to tier things in a "classroom" with multiple developmental stages? But maybe I am just being too closed minded about it all. True, Roo isn't "playing" with the toys in the way they are necessarily "meant" to be played with in my mind, but she certainly is curious and exploring the objects in her own, 13 month year old, way.
NEW!!! MONTESSORI-INSPIRED MEAL TIMES
Teddy Bear " Pancakes "
Sweet Potato Fries
Graham Cracker Chocolate Chip Bars
1. Preheat the oven to 350º (325º for glassware). While you generously grease an 8-inch square
baking pan, put your tots to work crushing the graham crackers into fine crumbs. It's especially
easy and fun if you seal the crackers in a plastic bag and then use a rolling pin.
2. Stir together the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the chocolate morsels, and graham cracker crumbs and mix with a wooden spoon until
3. Spoon the batter (it will be very stiff) into the greased pan. Use the back of a wooden spoon (or clean hands) to pat the batter into an even layer. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan.