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Evolution of the Letter X

I’ve been stressing about the letter X ever since we finished with the letter T. And although ox and fox are fun to say, I just didn’t think I could draw either one today. So, a la No Time For Flash Cards, we did an x-ray picture…black construction paper, white chalk and paper bones.

I don’t know, I thought an X would be easy for her to make. Guess I was wrong…first she made an = sign..

Then, a V.

Finally, she got the hang of it and made an X.

Excellent!!

(oh, and our verse: “If anything is excellent or worthy of praise, think about those kinds of things.” Philippians 4:8 )

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Welcome Wonderful W

It’s time for W! WOW. I can’t believe we’re getting to the end of the alphabet. (Finally. I won’t even tell you how long it’s taken us!)

There are so many great “w” words. Besides the ones I expertly drew to the left, we also thought of several more. Most of which are escaping me right now.

The first idea that popped into my mind for a verse was something that had to do with “wait”. Goodness knows that Lydia needs to learn a thing or two about waiting. But the only thing I could really find was about waiting on the Lord. And really, I need her to wait on me. Ahem.

So, I looked up “WIN” instead. And I found the jackpot of all W verses:

With your help we will win the battle. You will walk all over our enemies. Psalm 108:13 NIrV

Can I get a WOO-hoo?! That’s six w’s in one verse! I was a little concerned about it’s obviously pro-fighting tendencies. I even emailed Leigh to see what she thought. (Of course, she’s the mother of 2 boys so…)

However, when I read it to Lydia today, I like the way our converation went:

Lydia: What’s battle?

Me: It’s like a fight.

Lydia: What’s ememeies?

Me: It’s someone bad who might try to hurt you.

Lydia: No one hurts me.

Me: That’s true. But sometimes other things can be our enemies. Like this: With Jesus’ help Lydia will win the battle. Jesus will walk all over her fear.

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Lydia has a tendency to be shy and fearful. I think this verse is easily seen as big battles and fights. But for my 2 year old, fear is her biggest battle. I hope this verse buries itself deep in her heart.

Now, our awesome craft. I wanted to do a walrus. And I found a cute printable walrus craft on First School. But of course, our printer wouldn’t work. (And why? Because ONE of the THREE cartidges was LOW. grrr.)

So, we made a whale instead. I cut out a (very true to life) outline of a whale. I let Lydia piece it together and then color it with chalk. This was a hit! She absolutely loved it! And then I showed her how to smear it with her thumb. And that made it even cooler.

I’m looking forward to the rest of W. I’m thinking about doing something for “week” because Lydia is really interested in the calendar. And maybe even Jonah and the whale (I know, it was really a big fish, but still…).

Happy W!

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Don’t forget about our Fall Impressions carnival tomorrow! Link up and show off your creative Thanksgiving stuff!

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Jumping for Joy

“…we are full of joy in God because of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:11

Jumping, joy, and Jesus have been the themes of our “J” week.  What better things to concentrate on, right?

The jumping part was a hard one for us at times.  Specifically, at the beginning of the week, EJ could not jump due to his foot injury.  And as it got better, I had to keep him from jumping.  Thankfully, we had another doctor’s appointment with an orthopedic doctor on Wednesday – what a fabulous doctor!  He had EJ jogging up and down a hallway after a prized basketball so he could watch EJ limping – of course, the limp was nearly gone by that time!  With the x-ray, the doctor saw an infantile fracture in EJ’s heel, but he assured us it was nothing to be worried about – it was more like a painful bone bruise to EJ than what we consider a fracture.  After that visit, EJ had full physical freedom again.  And the limp is gone!

So when he said to me that he could jump again, out came the camera!

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I was jumping for joy inside.  No mama likes to see their little ones hurting.

This was a great week for singing, as well.  “Jesus loves me,” “My Jesus, I Love Thee,” “Sing to Jesus,” and “Fairest Lord Jesus” all made appearances this week.  EJ’s favorite Jesus song is one that I made up a while ago – this is the one he always asks for… “I love Jesus,” sung to the tune of Frere Jacques

I love Jesus, I love Jesus,
EJ does, too! EJ does, too!
Jesus is our Lord, and he reigns forever,
Yay, Jesus! Go, Jesus!

 

(I started making up words to this tune when EJ wanted a song about a bulldozer.  Since I didn’t know one, I made one up.  Now, whenever he asks for a song about something that I don’t know a song about, I sing this tune with interchangeable words.  The first two lines and the last line are pretty much the same each time, with the difference subject subbed in each time.  The third line is the only one I have to really make up words for.)

I also pulled up a song from deep in my memory bank:

I’ve Got the Joy In My Heart
 
I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart
Where?
Down in my heart!
Where?
Down in my heart!
I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart
Down in my heart to stay
 
And I’m so happy
So very happy
I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart
Down in my heart
And I’m so happy
So very happy
I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart.

 

My childhood church didn’t have Vacation Bible School (that I can remember), so I learned this one year going to VBS with a friend.  EJ has been having a fun time with this one, too (more words can be found here – did you ever learn that last verse?  I had never seen that one before!).

What a week full of joy!

My Jesus, My Saviour,
Lord, there is no one like you!


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Very Very V

If you’ve been anxiously awaiting another installment of the letter U, I’m sorry. I slacked. I did. U was a hard one. I could only think of “uncle” and “unicorn”. I mean, uncle? So, we just skipped ahead to letter V. And V? I like!

I chose John 15:5, “I am the vine. You are the branches.” This is one of the seven “I AM” sayings of Jesus. We’ve already done two of these verses previously (“I am the light” for I and “I am the good Shepherd” for S). I love these sayings because they are such great word pictures. (I’m thinking when we’re done with the ABC verses, we might do a “unit” on these I AM sayings.)

We started off doing starfall.com (which had a vacuum in it! what a perfect V word…I feel a vacuuming activity coming on!). Then we went to our bedroom window and looked outside. We have vines growing all over our house and you can see tons of it from our window. We looked at the vine, the branches, the leaves and talked about what would happen if the leaves came off. Lydia was enthralled. After explaining that we need to be connected to Jesus, I said, “Maybe we can go pick a vine tomorrow.” She said, “No. The leaves would die!” (Or something like that…she was getting the idea!)

Anyway, back to our craft…

Yesterday while I was buying all the YUMMY craft supplies for our BUCKET O’CRAFTS giveaway*, Lydia and I bought some glitter. I’ve been wanting to do glitter with her because I knew she’d love it, but didn’t have any laying around. I bought several different colors and we made a beautiful glittery green vine!

I did the curly vine, let Lydia dump the glitter (which honestly didn’t work too well). Then I cut out those amazing leaves and let her glue them on.

She loves the vine and wants to do MORE. GLITTER. So, get ready for some more glitter crafts, I’m sure.

We also printed off a V handwriting sheet from Christian Preschool Printables and lo and behold–it’s got our verse on it, too. Lydia is getting pretty good at tracing the letters. I’m…yup, impressed!

Not only was this one cute, it’s just a perfect tie in for the verse, the letter and for life! I’ve got another good vine craft up my sleeve. Tonight we’re going to a Harvest Party-thingie at my mom’s church (wait till you see what my kids are dressed up as!) but I’ll be sharing our vine with you soon!

*we’ll announce the winner today or tomorrow, I promise!

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Unbelievable. U.

U had me stumped. I literally read my concordance on this one. Let’s see…unruly, undisciplined, unclean and unleavened. Not exactly the kind of verses I was hoping for.

I finally asked my twitterflies and got some great responses (my fave? Deuteronomy 9:6) And finally landed on Proverbs 16:22,

“Understanding is like a fountain of life to those who have it…”

I like the word picture of a fountain. I want Lydia to seek after Understanding (read: wisdom). I want it to be a fountain she continually draws from.

But as we read it together, I saw complete blankness on Lydia’s face. So I tried to explain it, “Well, you know what a fountain is right? Well, uhm, there’s lots of water, just like God gives us lots of understanding to you know, uhm…understand things. And be obedient to him. Uhm. Like a fountain. OK?” Oh well. I’m trusting God’s Word is being planted in her heart anyway…

For our little craft today, we did umbrellas. I blatantly stole this off another website…and unfortunately didn’t bookmark it so I have no idea where it came from. And honestly, now that I did it, I’m wondering why in the world I followed the instructions so specifically…

Supplies needed:
muffin liners (check!)
pipe cleaners (check!)
blue sugar (check!…huh?)

Directions:
1. Rub glue stick all over paper.
2. Sprinkle blue sugar all over glue for rain. Pour off excess.

3. Fold muffin liners in half for umbrellas.

4. Glue to paper.
5. Cut pipe cleaners into small pieces. Shape like umbrella handle.
6. Glue to bottom of muffin liner.

Cute right?

But now I have a paper hanging in my living room with BLUE SUGAR falling onto the floor. What in the world? Every bug for miles around is going to come check out our U verse this week! Sheesh. Remind me not to pack that one away for her baby book!

When we finally decided to trace the big and little U, Lydia stepped into meltdown mode. She suddenly didn’t want to participate. She dropped her head. Grabbed the crayons. Refused to color. When I finally took away the paper and crayons, she cried for 20 minutes. UNBELIEVABLE.

Understanding? Fountain of Life? We needed it today. Big time.

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“Do not fear…”

… we’re on to letter F!  F is for fun, friends, family, flowers, farmer, fireman, football, food, fruit, fox, flag, father, fall, fish, frog… I know I’m leaving some out!

We kicked the week off early with some family time!  EJ is finally old enough to really be able to play with someone else, which has made the past couple get-togethers with his older cousin tons of fun!

They were inseparable, which was fabulous to watch.  There was also some football on TV, which was fabulous and fun as well.

Today, we went over our F verse, “Do not fear, for I am with you.” (Isaiah 41:10).  EJ’s been acting “scared” a lot lately – perhaps a symptom of his age, but it doesn’t help that this age falls in with all the frightful Halloween displays at the store.  We’ve always prayed that God would take away all scary things from the house and all scary thoughts from our head, and I thought a simple verse proclaiming God’s power over fear would be a good idea to back all of that up. 

The verse is also the basis for one of the Seeds Family Worship songs – one that I really like and is easy to pick up.  I realized what I was doing wrong with choosing and trying to teach a verse each week – or rather, what I wasn’t doing right.  I wasn’t praying about it.  I would pray about our week, but not about which verse specifically we should focus on, or how to present it to EJ, or that EJ’s heart would be softened towards the verse.  Once I prayed for all of that, the burden just felt like it fell off my shoulders and verses just popped into my head.  I am not limiting the verses to the ones in the Seeds Worship CDs, but if it happens to have a song attached to it, I will use the CD to help.

Something else I did last week was create a special playlist in our iTunes for the week.  I put any and all children’s songs that had important “E” words in it into the playlist, and we had our own soundtrack for the week!  It was fun, and not too mind-numbingly repetitive.  I’ve done the same this week, and I hope we will enjoy it as much!

We’ve got some fun activities planned this week with fruit and family-flowers, and I’m thinking about something firetruck-related.  We’ll see if that pans out at all. So, finally, we’re back on track!

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And… we’re on to “E!”

I’m thankful for new beginnings… after my struggles last week with the letter D, I was fully ready to move on to the letter E, with all new activities and verses….

Letter E

I found a new website that I am having a fun time poking around on… Christian Preschool Printables.  I got the printout of the earth on that site – it also has a wonderful memory verse on it… “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1).  He’s already memorized this one, and I’m still mentally chewing over how the Bible verse is going to work for us and why I’m the one struggling with it.  I’ll let you know when I have it all figured out.

So, E is for earth, elephant, envelope, egg, and, of course, EJ!  The letter E is one he’s known from the beginning, since he’s seen it in association with his name for such a long time.  One thing that I think is really interesting – because he’s so allergic to eggs, we don’t have them around much, and he’s never seen one cracked open and raw.  So when I showed him a picture of one, he had no idea what it was. 

But the earth… we hit the jackpot with this one!  EJ loves space and the things in it as much as he loves dinosaurs and sports. So we’ve done a lot with the earth this week. 

As always, glue wins.

first earth

 

 

 

 

 

I found some paper bowls in my pantry, and I grabbed our blue and green paint.  When I discovered that we were out of cotton balls, I found some little white craft pom-poms… and we made our own earths!

Glue once again reigned supreme – at first, there was not much paint on EJ’s earth – gluing the pom-poms down was the most fun.

painting in action

Then, when he discovered how to squeeze the paint out of the paintbrush (it’s in the handle of these great little inventions), the pom-poms were gone, and the earth was covered!  He also used the pom-poms to spread and stamp the paint around.

EJ's earth and discarded clouds

On the right is what I had in mind for the craft, but I love EJ’s interpretation of the earth. 

Final products

And I loved it when EJ wanted to show his earth to Daddy as soon as he walked in the door.  Beautiful! 

I also found other great earth-things online – Look at this!  Isn’t it fun?  Definitely something I’ll save as a reference for years to come…

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