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.
We introduced our study 13 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 are learning that we don’t have to be perfect, or teach our children to be perfect. All we have to do is be the best we can be and model the best we can do for our babies.
We followed the initial teaching of value with activities to encourage babies to be confident, respectful, and good (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, what they were already being prior to our study that sometimes annoys the crap out of adults!, the introduction to work ethic in Proverbs 31:14 made sense. Creating value and work ethic in infancy by responding to an infant’s immediate cry sets our babies up for success. Teaching our preschoolers work ethic begins the success.
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.
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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 exempt. Investment comes in many forms. 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! Week 8 helps our babies discover that Godly women work. And work. And work. Doing something. It doesn’t matter what. They don’t have to be creative. They don’t have to sing. They don’t have to be handy. They just have to not be lazy. In addition to working early in the morning and diligently all day long, also work deep into the night (Proverbs 31: 18, 19). They must know they are strong from the week prior to understand they can handle their mountain of diligence. We added to their studies in Week 9 coaching them into giving. After working and working and working the most sacred thing our kiddos can be taught is to give.
Next we showed and modeled for our children. Instead of teaching THEM to do something…. we are showing them that we are working just as hard. They can rely on us. They can trust us. We prepare for them. We, as men and women of Christ, prepare. We used our preparations to show that we should fear nothing, we prepared, and our children will always be clothed and ready (Proverbs 31: 22,24,25). And then in week 12 we spent time observing and learning How A 2-year-old Prays (or any age child – your child) in Proverbs 31:23.
Now its time to lighten up, remember the child, find the youth in each of us parents no matter how old, and create a timeless admiration and fascination in art. There is a reason creativity is so inspiring. And, I’m of the belief that we all have the ability to be creative, and all have the ability to inspire. Its said that while we may be just one person to the world, to one person we are the world. “To our children, we are the world. TO GOD, we are the world. You. You are the world.”
- Stamps: My 2-1/2 year old LOVES stamps. Last year for Christmas I bought her a whole box of self-stampers, something like this with an assortment of stamps. She hasn’t even opened them all yet, but loves them and none have dried out yet. For today’s activities I looked up a few ways to make DIY stamps as well for Kara to freely craft whatever her heart desired, and we stamped inside the outlines of numbers 1-5. There are a billion ways, here are a few of my favorite. I will link my own personal creation soon, too!
- Clip Zine has a huugge assortment of listings of project ideas and patterns. This, of course, takes some preparation to get it ready for your child to play with, though.
- There are a ton of ideas out there, but for the purpose of homeschooling and children I really like projects that are fast to prepare so the child can become involved. What could is preparing for our children if we have no time to play with them? Titus2Homemaker has several ideas in this post; some take no preparation and some come from dollar store preps. How much more could we ask for?
- Saving the best for last, and one that I personally will also be using: Craftaholics Anonymous creates tanogram stamp peices and provides a free printable to have your child match, sequence, build, copy. They’re fantastic, and develop so many skills at once! This will certainly become a busy bag for us!
- Markers: my personal activities are the dot markers. They make wonderful busy bag on-the-go bags (we’re not quite careful enough with them for car use though!) and a very quick search will leave you enough printables to last years if you laminate them first, weeks if you don’t! What are my favorite four activities:
- Draw the outlines of letters and let your child dot the shape of the letter.
- Powerful Mothering shares her ideas of using dots to dot in a pattern followed by using scissors to cut it. We are still on straight line scissor activities, but this could become quite complex for a more advanced child!
- Southern Shore Mamas shares my favorite activity, but it does take some prep work during nap time. Starting with a somewhat simple coloring page, I draw in my dots where I want Kara to dot. Then I color in the background a color so that Kara must color match her dots to the color I say it should be.
- Another favorite activity is to fill a page with a sentence of the same letter such as “Harry the Hippo has a happy voice when he hollers through the hall.” Allow your child to dot all the H’s!
- Paint: This will be our recipe for this week’s painting sessions, thank you One Little Project! I’ll have to let each of you know after my experiment which one produces the most vibrant colors for us: food coloring, water colors, tempera paint! 🙂 We will be painting on a variety of papers: tissue paper, wax cooking paper, aluminum foil, and construction paper.
- We also made our own paint this week.
- 3/4 cup shaving cream (the gel works better!)
- 3/4 cup flour
- coloring of choice (post about choices coming soon)
- Salt/Flower: Of course salt dough crafts are becoming more popular. This week we are going to try out a salt and flour playdoh recipe. Actually, we’ll do a few and check back letting you know which recipe is best and which coloring options provide the most vibrant colors!
- Art Supply Assortment: What could be better than dumping out some crafts… yarn, stick, cardboard, markers, pens, gel glitters, glue, pom poms, felt, foam, and more and letting a child invent! All week long, your child has been making things. At this point, let them be creative!
- Older children that have the fine motor skills for advanced weaving, necklace making from embroidery string, knitting, etc., could even try selling to friends!
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