Week 8 Proverbs 31: 18,19: How to Become A Hard-Working Godly Woman

Proverbs can move mountains! Want to make a difference? Be the difference! They always say if there is a topic you want to read about, go to the Bible. Porn? Bible. Good deeds? Bible. Heros? Bible. Murder? Bible. In this chapter, men learn how to be Godly men and Godly women. Learn how to be Confident, and teach your children confidence.

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We introduced our study 7 weeks ago week briefly recapping the Proverbs 31’s introduction. We started a curriculum, with resources, to help parents teach children that they are worth more than rubies (31:10). We followed that teaching with activities to encourage your babies with confidence, respect, and goodness (31:11-12) and then moved toward our Proverbs 31:13 Eager as a Beaver week. Once our children were aware it was okay and encouraged to be eager every single day of their lives, the introduction to work ethic in Proverbs 31:14 will influence the rest of their lives! It is important as parents that our children are aware women and men are both equally valuable (Proverbs 31:15), and understand that everyone has a role in the homestead of equal importance. Speaking of roles in the homestead, it is a-okay for both men and women to work and invest in their family (Proverbs 31:16), and no one, should be excepted. Parents, did you remind your babies in Week 7 how strong they are? Our lads, and our ladies are so strong, and Proverbs 31:17 reminds us how critical it is they know it!proverbs31.18-19
She knows her trading, her work, and her successes are good and pure. The virtuous woman, a proverbs 31 woman, knows her performance and products she produces are good. She is in constant search to do good, make good, and succeed. Two weeks ago we talked about how she invested in herself (the Bible wife invested in a vineyard) and was committed (last week’s lesson) to completing the work, no matter how hard, to find success and bring confidence in her plan. The virtuous woman is not full of self-doubt and despair. She puts her mind into her work, and completes it no matter how much work it takes.

Girls are learning about the virtuous woman to be the best she can be. Our boys are learning about the virtuous woman, therefore learning how to make themselves better as well. This week, in particular, is the epitome of children needing to follow a strong example. It is up to us parents to be the great example!

As a mother, as a Christian mother, I believe the #1 way to instill a hard work ethic and encourage my children to appreciate their own successes in confidence, is to model the behavior. If I slack, they’ll slack. If I work hard, they’ll see that.

Beyond this inital modeling, ways to encourage our toddlers to be confident and work hard include:

  • Allowing them to experience sports and pursue ones they cherish
  • Set forth rules, enforce them consistently, and discuss them frequently
  • Expect them to do work that is not always fun (room cleaning, trash, obeying, etc)
  • Help them explore passions they adore; #sayyescampaign (coming soon!)
  • Allow and require self-time and independent work (quiet books, coming soon!)
  • When your baby and toddler give a cue, respond to it! It teaches them early on that they are worth something, worth your time, and deserve being listened to! (my attachment style, coming soon)
  • Sign Language for toddlers is a great frustration-free activity to encourage bonding and simplify communication for parents and youngsters (check out Rachel’s blog teaching sign language on Periscopes every Friday!)
  • Encourage your babies to reference people by their names
  • Teach your children yes sir and no ma’am all the time, not just in trouble times
  • Delete labels! Do not refer to your active-daughter as ADD. Do not refer to your CP baby boy as CP Son. Refer to them as your energetic daughter and your brilliant boy. Use their whole to create a description; not their ailment
  • Give your children chores and expectations.
  • Again, listen to your children and do not put reservations on what they’re allowed to tell you ❤ From fish to hamburgers, passions to parties…. if it is important to your toddler, it is important to be heard.

 

 

 

MONDAY:

  • Letter N Coloring Printable
  • Noah’s Letter Decorations: Kara’s brother’s name is Noah… so in discussion of letter N (and therefore O, A, and H as well which was an excellent review of two of those letters!) we chose the fabric to order that should be here in a couple of weeks to add to his bedroom letters!  Kara has a blast picking “foxes” and “christmas trees!” (He’ll have a woodland theme).

TUESDAY:

  • Weaving: Several weeks ago we spent time weaving a basket for our special project these 19 weeks, and we have spent the last several weeks filling our basket with goodies. Today, We followed Lisa’s Tutorial for finger weaving! I’m super excited to show you what we will be doing with these Kara’s finger woven strips!

WEDNESDAY:

  • Letter N Lacing Cards: Lacing cards are so super important for fine motor skills. So today we laced with Letter N Cards, learning about the N sound in nest, nut, nails, and nose. Simply print them out on card stock and hole punch the red dots!

THURSDAY:

  • Popcorn and a Book After Dark:  Enough said. We talked *ALLL DAY* about this activity and why we were doing it. We didn’t do a movie because that isn’t “work.” Any activity would work, we just chose reading extra books because it fit into our bedtime routine, even if we stayed up much later than usual to do it. I allowed her to stay up late because women of God work after the sun goes down!

FRIDAY:

  • Shape Tracing Salt Tray: Simple enough! Dump a canister of salt in a container and use your finger to trace letters that you’ve learned in the past 8 weeks!

Is anyone joining us on our FACEBOOK page? Please do! Lets us know if you are studying proverbs with us! We have 14 more weeks of activities left!

 

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Friday Focus: Choosing Fabulous Instagram Filters for Photos

Instagram, shocking as it may be, is not the leading social media platform for photos. Flikr is, and in the future we will discuss the differences, pros and cons, and explore Flkr more. Today I want to discuss Instagram for those who’ve asked. Instagram is so popular! Parents love the ease of Instagram and professionals love the engagement ensued with Instagram.

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Filters are added to photos for all sorts of reasons: changing the focus of whats important on an image, highlighting and adding details to clouds or mountain ranges, or changing saturation and colors. So what do viewers most like to see when you have a whole library of choices before you? On top of these filter choices, Instagram has now added features (to be discussed in future posts) to customize each filter choice!

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A study at Georgia Tech threw some new insights out. For example, casual photographers search for filters that add a spark of fun into the image. Professionals and hobbyist photographers search for filters that enhance their photo. I’m a mom professional, and find myself often searching for a happy medium. Sometimes I find it, other times I’m forced to choose between the two evils for the purpose I’m searching.

Filtered Images Create More Engagement, Yes for Mommies Too!

So then how to pick a filter?

In summary, of the research linked above…. filters that increase exposure, contrast, and warmth most positively affect interaction. Viewers are most likely to comment, love, and share photos with these attributes. Aging filters tend to increase views, but saturation filters tend to increase comments.

Mommies too…. we love people to see, like, and comment on our beautiful babies ❤ We also love our filters to flatter them instead of flunk them!

I would be very interested in doing my own study about filters and demographics of users. In fact, maybe I should! Wanna participate? Click here! I will update when we post our results!

Filters with Highest Interaction

  • Mayfair
  • Amaro
  • Earlybird
  • Valencia
  • Rise

Most Used Filter?

  • None

Tips of Engagement, Especially for Brands

  • 12am-7am is the worst time for posting!
  • Chalene Extreme founder, Chalene Johnson says a user must find a like-niched user…. like 5 photos, comment on three photos, and then maybe attain a new follower.
  • Correct use of hashtags, not in over abundance, can help other users find you.
  • Photo contests with correct hashtag use can really increase brand awareness
  • 9-13 Hashtags per post are in the “most interacted with” category

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How to Fabricate Foot Scrubs for Friends

I’m learning quickly, my kiddos absolutely love and adore activities! From 6 months old to 2 years old, they just can’t get enough! In Week 3 of our Proverbs study for Preschoolers, we learned God’s Men and Women are eager beavers that eagerly participate and work diligently at their tasks. Because weaving was so important in the Bible, we wove a basket. Now we are preparing our basket to be given to a very special someone when we complete it (but we haven’t picked who quite yet 😉 ).

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Ewwww, feet. I absolutely hate and despise feet. They are disgusting. Don’t touch me with yours.  But, if Jesus could wash someone’s feet for them, I’m afraid it’s time I make a mixture for someone to pamper theirs with! So….. today we added four totally awesome homemade (disgusting) foot scrubs to add to our basket of gifts.

My 6 month old enjoyed his hands in a small pie tin playing in the sticky sugar. I’m actually super happy for him, as getting his hands to move and engage can prove to be rather daunting at times. To my enjoyment, he loved the texture and was quite pleased with himself… although afterward, I rather hated my sticky soggy thighs and promptly jumped into a hot shower. My 2-1/2 year old enjoyed mixing and stirring. She wasn’t as happy getting her hands in it, so she crafted the perfect area for stirring the sticky slop.

 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 tbps extra virgin olive oil or vit. e oil
  • Liquid coconut oil to consistancy
  • 2 EO’s per jar totaling 14 drops per jar

The coolest part? We recycled! (which will be more important when we run our “recycling craft” campaign in the future!) We used old baby food jars and covered the lids with decoration to make them “presentable!” All of the decorations, fabrics and ribbons? Leftovers from a quiet activity book I made Kara a few months ago (blogs, patterns, and pictures to come in the future as well 😉 ).

We were lucky enough to link this post up on a new homeschooling blog over at Chaotic Bliss!chaoticbliss!

 

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Proverbs 31:17, Week 7: We are Strong!

Proverbs can move mountains! Want to make a difference? Be the difference! They always say if there is a topic you want to read about, go to the Bible. Porn? Bible. Good deeds? Bible. Heros? Bible. Murder? Bible. In this chapter, men learn how to be Godly men and Godly women. Learn how to be Confident, and teach your children confidence.

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We introduced our study 7 weeks ago week briefly recapping the Proverbs 31’s introduction. We started a curriculum, with resources, to help parents teach children that they are worth more than rubies (31:10). We followed that teaching with activities to encourage your babies with confidence, respect, and goodness (31:11-12) and then Proverbs 31:13 Eager as a Beaver week. Once our children were aware it was okay and exciting to be eager every single day of their lives, teaching them work ethic in Proverbs 31:14 just made sense. It is important as parents that our children are aware women and men are both equally valuable (Proverbs 31:15), and that everyone has a role in the homestead of equal importance. Speaking of roles in the homestead, it is a-okay for both men and women to work and invest in their family (Proverbs 31:16), and no one, should be forbidden. This week, we will discuss how strong we can be!

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Women, girls, we are strong!!!!!!
Men, boy… girls are strong!!!!!!

Do not ever underestimate the power of a female of God. Women of God are powerful, valuable, and strong. Without taking anything away from a man’s qualities…. realize with God:

  • Women are powerful!
  • Women are smart!
  • Women are eager!
  • Women are precious!
  • Women are valuable!
  • Women are important!

Join us this week as we explore the power of strong! One thing I absolutely adore my husband for is teaching my daughter that she is strong. When she is hurt, when she is said, daddy asks, “Are you strong?” and she throws up her arm flaunting her guns (that she actually has defined! Yay for two year olds! Now, can I go back and be two again???).

FYI: We’re having an easy week of instruction this week. While its important these kids know God, obviously, I have to remember that this curriculum is supplementing whatever they are already doing with you guys! So, this week is almost all games and experiments! Have fun!

 


 

MONDAY:

  • HopScotch Water Balloons: For my two year old, I drew shapes on the ground for our activity of the day. Then, I busted water balloons on top of the shape I wanted her to HOP to! For older kids, you can use a hopscotch drawing or connect the dots. After activity of course, its time for getting hit by those balloons!
  • Discussion: Younger kids: was jumping tiring? Did you have to do a lot of work to finish jumping? Older kids: What was the best part of your day? Were the water balloons a great reward for playing the game? Was it fun? The balloons are like God’s grace. The relief after a hard day. The fun to work.

TUESDAY:

  • M Coloring! & Filling the M with M&M’s!

WEDNESDAY:

  • Ready Set Go, Red Light/Green Light: We actually colored a huge stop light for the game! Putting actions to symbols is a new concept for my two year old, and she had a rough time with it, but caught on. Its a child hood favorite of mine, and a great conceptual activity that I never realized could be challenging!

THURSDAY:

  • Counting Sequential Objects: M&M counting, Marshmallow Counting, Marble Counting, Marker Counting
  • M is for Map! Map Game! (video coming!)

FRIDAY:

  • Milk and Food Coloring: Place milk in a bowl, and drop in food coloring one a time. Let child draw a toothpick through the milk and see what happens! Its magic. No, its God’s grace! We can’t predict it, but we can see it happening.

Is anyone joining us on our FACEBOOK page? Please do! Lets us know if you are studying proverbs with us! We have 14 more weeks of activities left!

 

Preschoolers Number Identification with a Spark of Sensory Mess

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A few weeks ago, I introduced to you how to use baking soda and shaving cream to create a snow mixture that actually feels cold to your child’s hands. Super simple. Super cheap. Super duper cool

So what exactly can the sensory bin do?

I promise you the possibilities are endless! When we made the fun sensory snow, we put winter animals like King Penguins in the mix during our letter learning of K in the Proverbs 31 study.

That said, for those of you not that familiar with Freshly Messy, my not-yet-two-and-a-half-year-old Kara isn’t too interested in letter identification. So, you know what? I seamlessly introduce them to her in activities like Kangaroo or Penguin habitats, but I refuse to shove them down her throat. She adores numbers and counting though……

PRESTO! We made contact!

 

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Once you finish with an activity using Freshly Messy’s sensory snow, don’t trash it! Reuse it!

Number Identification! We hid the numbers, sorted the numbers, and then with a very Montessori approach, counted with numbers!

A while back, we made some DIY Grimm’s Blocks which colored absolutely beautifully! Today, we used them for something other than building. In the snow, I mashed my finger down to make a hole for each of Kara’s blocks. Then I let her count the number of blocks out per number. We did this three times before boredom set in and off she skirted to make messes and put crabs and lobsters in the snow too!

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Week 6: Proverbs 31:16, She Works Hard

Proverbs can move mountains! Want to make a difference? Be the difference! They always say if there is a topic you want to read about, go to the Bible. Porn? Bible. Good deeds? Bible. Heros? Bible. Murder? Bible. In this chapter, men learn how to be Godly men and Godly women. Learn how to be Confident, and teach your children confidence.

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We introduced our study three weeks ago week briefly recapping the Proverbs 31’s introduction. We then began sharing a curriculum and resources to teach our children that they are worth more than rubies (31:10). The second week, we taught you how to teach your babies to grow into adults with confidence, respect, and goodness (31:11-12) and followed that with Proverbs 31:13 Eager as a Beaver week. Once we knew to teach our kids that Christ’s children are eager, teaching them work ethic in Proverbs 31:14 just made sense. Then last week, we learned that women and men are both equally valuable in Proverbs 31:15, and everyone has a role in the homestead of equal importance.proverbs31.16

 

During discussions, I’ve seen that many women disagree about the value and meaning of this verse within the Proverbs description of a model wife, a model woman. For me, I feel like humans were intended to do work – men and women alike. Maybe different types of work, maybe the same. Maybe intellectual, maybe physical. None the less, work. Furthermore, in the sense of husbands and wives… I feel like wives are made to compliment their husbands, not depend on them. Husbands rely on their wives just as much as wives rely on their husbands.

Previously, we’ve talked about how our children are: more valuable than rubies, confident and important human beings, eager beavers as Christ-like adults should be, that their work ethics are vital, and then last week that men and women are of equal value. This week, we will talk a little about their futures instead of their nows. We will discuss work. For the purpose of their understanding, we will specifically join this week’s lessons to last week’s nourishment of food and talk about the work of planing fruits and veggies, along with flowers, in a garden!  Come, join us! For free printable, conversation topics, and activities that challenge our children of all ability levels.

 


 

MONDAY:

  • Gardening: 123homeschool4me.com has some superb and super cute little coloring sheets for bugs typically found out in the garden. Instead of printing them as she presented them, I resized each image a little smaller and stuck four on a page. I then let Kara paint them with Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise, and Relish for each of the colors needed to complete the images. This was a super fun sensory activity, as she had to taste and smell everything.
  • Digging for Garden Bugs: Recently, I started making Kara a felt activity quiet book. {{ I have nine pages left to go, but the bugs pages are complete and I am in love!!! I absolutely cannot wait to show all of you these books and patterns! }} Anyway, basically I took the beads that were left over and threw them in a pan of dirt. Kara loves dirt, and loves her shovel. So, activity complete!
  • Discussion: Work can be fun. There is no reason to despise your work, but there is reason to be disciplined enough to complete work. What is discipline? Why is work important? Do you like work? Listen up parents, your kid’s answers to these questions may shock you!

TUESDAY:

  • L is for Letters: We are up to learning about letter L at this point. We have a huge floor pad with interlocking letters. Today we took each of the letters to the driveway. Kara traced them and jumped on them. I let her free play with them, because like I said – she really isn’t that into letters at this point, and I do not want to push her further away. We reviewed colors with them, “Hey! What letter is the A!” and stamped water with them onto the hot pavement. It was a super wonderful afternoon of letters for a girl who despises numbers!
  • Topic of Discussion:  Why must we spend time learning things we do not always enjoy? Is it “work” to learn something we don’t want to learn? What happens if we get lazy and stop learning? What if we don’t teach you anything else? What happens?

WEDNESDAY:

  • Planting Flowers
  • L is for Lemurs, Lobsters, Lambs, and Lions (hand art) – photos coming soon!

THURSDAY:

  • Decorating with Flowers – Remember our woven basket we made three weeks ago? Today, make an arrangement with a few flowers, either chosen or grown, by your child to add to the gift basket your child is making for someone special in their lives.
  • Letter L Coloring Printable
  • Topic of Discussion: Why should we add flowers we’ve grown or specially chosen for that person? Growing is hard work. Choosing is special, thoughtful, and time consuming. When you invest your time into something, you love it even more. Who are you giving your basket to? Do you love them?

FRIDAY:

  • Fruits and Veggies from Afar: I first saw a version of my idea on Kid World Citizen. With a Montessori approach, writer Becky teaches her children about world foods and their placement on a world map. On Tuesday of Week 4 in our Bible Study, we started learning states on a US State map. Kara still loves this activity and now can identify where Hawaii, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, North Carolina, Maine, Ohio, and North Dakota are. We do it 2-3 times a day for 3-4 minutes at a time. So today, I printed off a few pictures of fruits and veggies, and taped them to our map.We put Oranges in Florida, Potatoes in Idaho, Broccoli in California, and Apples in North Carolina. This means we were able to add two more states to Kara’s list of known states today!
  • Lizzard Shape of L
  • Topic of Discussion:

Is anyone joining us on our FACEBOOK page? Please do! Lets us know if you are studying proverbs with us! We have 14 more weeks of activities left!

 

The Duh Method for a Wowing B&W Instagram

The idea of this Focus series dealing with Instagram photography is that we are simple. We talk about ONE thing every week. Not many tips, not an overwhelming list that leaves you confused and baffled. Rather, one thing to work on for the week.

Last Friday for Focus, we talked about flash and diffusion. This week we’ll talk about the secret of black and white photos? It certainly isn’t a “preset” or a single touch of a button. It isn’t your subject, or your software. Strong black and white photos do, however, have one thing in common.

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Strong B&W Images have BLACKS and WHITES.

Yes, that’s right. Ummm…. DUHHHHHH!!!!!!

Sounds sooo silly, but how many photos have you seen that just look like a muddy mess? I know I’ve seen a ton (even my own!) I’ll post some below for you to look at and judge for yourself.

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Strong black and white images have blacks and whites. It does not matter if you prefer a noised look with high grain, a matte look with soft airy tones, or a crisp sharp vibrant black and white. The point is, it must have a black point and a white point.

The catch? Unless you mean to clip your blacks (have too much black), don’t. And certainly don’t clip your whites (too much white). This will make your image look either wrong or over exposed, and over exposed images aren’t any better than muddy ones (in my opinion, of course).

Next Friday we’ll start talking more about the functions of Instagram and what each setting does. You ready? Cause I am! Hope to see you next week!!!!

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