We are finishing up our unit on the colors of the rainbow this week and we are having so much fun with it, I can’t wait to share this with you!
We created a place for the colorful animals G made to hang out:
It was actually pretty easy to do: We traced an outline of an ark on a piece of poster board. Then we glued ripped pieces of brown construction paper onto the ark. Then we cut out some squares of black construction paper and added them in for windows. Once the glue was dry, we cut out the shape of the ark from the poster board.
When we presented it to G, she was so excited! We took out her handcrafted animals and we talked about the colors and names of the animals. We talked about how Noah took the animals into the ark with his family. And we talked about our memory verse: God said, “I put my [rain]bow in the clouds,..I will remember.” By the end of the week, G could finish the verse for me (so exciting!).
She also enjoyed playing with the animals and pointing out their eyes.
If you missed the tutorials for creating these simple toddler crafts, here are the links to each of them:
These crafts have all been VERY BASIC, but our little one (almost 21 months) has enjoyed doing them. They have helped with her fine motor skills and creativity, while reinforcing the color of the week. Please feel free to use any of these ideas and share them with others. If you do the craft, please let me know. I would love to get feedback from others who tried them with their toddlers.
We have really dropped the ball around here on the organized preschool thing for G. But it is amazing all the things this little one is learning! It reminds me of when Moses talked about how to teach the Law of God to the next generation:
“You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.” Deut. 6:6 (NASB version)
Teaching children is not exactly an organized scientific and planned process. There is a specific time for that, but as we know, our kids are little sponges soaking up knowledge at every turn and at all times! Continue Reading
We are gearing up for Bible study for the fall and I am, once again, so excited to get started on another study. This fall we are doing Covenant from Precept Upon Precept. I spent the last couple of weeks trying to determine the memory verses for the study, while attempting not to ruin my joy of discovery.
Each year, I see women (and some men) join our classes and exhibit excitement about the study, only to have them fall out somewhere about week 3. This puzzles me and has become quite a burden on my heart as I have started leading studies. I desire that all believers would be lovers and doers of the Word, but I see lots of them fall by the wayside in their pursuit of God’s wisdom.
I am reading through a book by JC Ryle entitled Aspects of Holiness and came across this quote I find appropriate to the daily Christian walk:
Sanctification does not consist in retiring from daily life in the world. In every age there have been those who believe that to retire into seclusion from the world is a highway to sanctification. But wherever we go we carry with us that source of evil – our hearts. True holiness is not a frail plant which can only survive in a plant nursery, but is a strong, hardy thing which can flourish in normal daily life. True holiness does not make a Christian evade difficulties, but face and overcome them.
This is a good reminder that God is working out my salvation within me to rid me of my evil heart, not remove all of life’s obstacles, so that I can be perfect. It is the very trials of our daily existence which work to perfect and complete us so we will be fitted for heaven and measured for a crown. As I go through my daily routines, day after day, they are not without merit and worth in this changing process. In fact, they are the places of greatest opportunity for Spiritual growth and refinement. There is a time and place for retreat and rest, but God is working most often in the daily life of His children.