Thursday, September 30, 2010
Little Keepers - September
A couple of Fridays ago, we had our first gathering of our Little Keepers group! My girls were soooooo excited about getting together with their friends and they knew there was a craft and a tea party involved!
We started our time together by reading page 3 where the author writes a letter to the little girls that she has put this book together for. Then we prayed together.
Next, we began working on Scripture memory. I chose Psalm 23 for us to work on together and came up with some hand motions to help us learn it.
Psalm 23 - with hand motions in parentheses: (NASB)
1 The Lord (point to Heaven) is my shepherd (hold a lamb in arms), I shall not want (shake head).
2 He makes me lie down (lay cheek on hands like resting) in green pastures (sway fingers like grass); He leads me (hold out hand for being led) beside quiet waters (soft water motion with hands).
3 He restores my soul (point inward towards chest); He guides me in paths of righteousness (use both hands to make a path) for His name's sake (point to Heaven).
4 Even though I walk (walk two fingers on other hand) through the valley (bring hands down into a valley) of the shadow of death (sword motion with hand), I will fear no evil (shake head no), for You (point to Heaven) are with me (point to self); Your rod and Your staff (hold a shepherd's staff in hand) they comfort me (arms around yourself like a hug).
5 You prepare a table before me (draw hands out as in a long table in front of yourself) in the presence of my enemies (fighting fists); You have anointed my head with oil (pour oil on top of head); my cup overflows (make a "cup" with one hand and show it flowing over with the other).
6 Surely goodness (one hand behind back) and lovingkindness (join hands behind back) will follow me (look back while holding hands behind back) all the days (hold hands wide apart for a big expanse) of my life (point to self), and I will dwell in the house of the Lord (point to Heaven) forever (move finger in a circle).
I created little folders for each girl with the above hand motions/verse typed out and a coloring page of a shepherd holding a lamb, some blank lined paper for the older girls and a tracing page for the younger girls plus this for fun coloring.
After we learned the verse, we were ready to get our craft going. I had selected sewing with plastic canvas for our project this month. I had cut small crosses out of the canvas for the girls to sew into either a magnet, bookmark or Christmas ornament. And, I found this great pattern for some cute nativity ornaments.
Here is where things got interesting! The needles I had did not fit through the squares of the canvas - and after trying multiple solutions - we created very primitive needles from bent wire. Note: please try your needle before all the little girls are excited to start sewing!
The older two (5 and 6) were able to begin picking this craft up, but our younger two (4) both struggled - we ended up realizing this was exposure to the idea of sewing and a first encounter on their own. Still a success!
After this, we had our tea party and talked about praying for, loving and serving family (page 11).
All in all, I would say it was a great success! The girls seemed to have a great time and we learned some things for next time! I hope this will help some mom who is hoping to do some of these things with her daughters!