Coloring for a Purpose

Some children just love to color! If you have a child like that, chances are you can’t possibly showcase all of the coloring pages that your artist has colored. I bet you even wonder how you could share those works with others. I would like to introduce to you a website called Follow The Good King. You sign up for a subscription and every week you will receive a coloring sheet through your email. The cool thing is that there is a purpose for these coloring pages.

After your daughter or son colors them, you mail them back to a P.O. box and they are then sent on to a featured individual that has been selected by The Good King to receive these colorful masterpieces as encouragement. You see, when you receive your coloring sheet, you also receive a short bio on the person who needs a bit of cheering up. You can also nominate an individual to receive other children’s coloring pages. ¬†This is also a terrific way of incorporating language arts because each mission has you write a short note to the recipient. ūüôā

Here is an excerpt of the first mission and the coloring page. Do not color this one, but rather go to the website listed below for the current mission. Each mission is a week in length, so if you are not able to complete it, that is fine, just go on to the next one. The important thing to remember is that each mission is only for that current week and you cannot go back to a different mission and choose to send it to that person at a later date.

Mission 1:

Ryan is pretty much a rockstar. He mentors young guys, recently finished his college degree, just married the woman of his dreams, and encourages people all over the world through his blog…all this while unable to move his arms and legs. I won’t sugarcoat it…life is TOUGH for Ryan. But he is strong. VERY strong.

Ryan is teaching us about perseverance. He’s teaching us about hope. He’s teaching us that, no matter what our circumstances are, we can do GREAT good because we follow The Good King. So let’s thank Ryan for his example and encourage him to keep on keeping on.

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If you are interested in this amazing idea, go to Follow the Good King

Quiet Games to Play

Sometimes your child needs a quiet game to play. Doctor’s visits, long car rides, church, or down time after schoolwork is finished are perfect times to play these games.

Have you heard of Tangoes? These are tangrams that are all in a compact travel case. “What are tangrams?” you ask. They are seven geometric shapes that you can make all different sorts of designs with them.¬†(You can see the shapes below in the picture.)

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There are a variety of sets, but I chose to purchase the Tangoes Animals. There are 48 different animals to create and 4 different levels. The pictures of the bird (#1) and fish (#2) are the starter level.

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Two great features with the game are that it is a one person game, so no fussing is taking place among the kids, and all of the pieces are magnetic, so they won’t get lost! The picture below is showing you both the front (blue) and the back pieces that are magnetic.

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Another really fun game is called Find It!  As you can see, there are small colored beads in a tube and there are objects that you need to find among the beads. There is a pad with all of  the items for the finder to mark. This game can be played as a one-player game or with other players. There are several different themed tubes including Veggie Tales, Wizard of Oz, dinosaurs, farm, and wildlife.  If you look closely at the picture you can find some of the items yourself!

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Here is the pad with all of the items to find. The items are also listed on the top lid of the tube in case you no longer have the pad. Your children will enjoy playing, but I think you will too! One of the great things is that all of the pieces are contained within the tube and are designed to NOT come out of the cylinder. No losing pieces, no mess!

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Other fun games/items to play with are:

Barrel of Monkeys

Tic-tac-toe

Matchbox cars

Small Lego sets

Word searches

 

 

 

3 Books about Manners

Recently I discussed the importance of manners. This week I have a few more books to add to a study on manners. Author, Julia Cook, has written several stories about various topics about social skills.

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Table Talk is about… table manners! Here is a quote from the book, “Did you know that table manners really matter? They’re more than just eating. They’re about being kind and considerate of others, and being respectful of people’s feelings.” Some things mentioned are washing your hands, waiting your turn until everyone has their food, saying please and thank you and not reaching across the table for something. After reading the book you can practice the good manners that you read. Do you know the poem, The Goops? ¬†Here is the poem for copywork. NOTE: Whoops! I accidentally left out the word saw on the first line! ¬†The Goops

 

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Bragging is the focus in the book, Well I Can Top That! 

Bradford Robert Alexander Donely always feels the need to be better than his friends. Primarily by telling outlandish tales, he appears to do everything better.¬†His teacher helps him to see that instead of being a “one-upper”, he can be a “pull-upper”, in other words, encourage people and allows others to be number one.

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Decibella and her 6 inch Voice

One of my sons had a difficult time in using what I called an “inside voice”. ¬†He also had a friend who was equally as noisy and we had to remind the boys on many occasions to consider others around them. Decibella, or rather, Isabella, is a young lady who needs to be reminded of which voice to use throughout the day. Ranging from the whisper, to a 6 inch voice, to SLURPADOODLE, Isabella must learn to gauge her voice to meet the appropriate noise level, depending upon the situation.

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What kind of things you can do with these books when you are reading to your children?  Ask if they have ever had these situations happen to them. What ways could the characters do things differently? Why is it a pleasant thing to have manners? How can you show kindness and consideration to others. Make a list of opportunities. Discuss and practice the following social skills.

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Children’s Books about Character

Character is defined by Webster’s dictionary as,”Moral quality; the principles and motives that control the life[of a person].” How do we homeschool moms instill that into our child? It certainly doesn’t come naturally! I think it is by modeling, discussing, and expecting things from our children that demonstrate you prefer others and that you live a life of honor. ¬†I found some funny and engaging books for young readers to help.

Mo Willems has a series that involve two friends, Elephant and Piggie, that I think your children are going to love. Listen to My Trumpet is a story about speaking the truth in love. Loving this book was easy because of the illustrations and all of the sounds that Piggie makes with her trumpet. In fact, as I was reading it, I started laughing so hard that my mother-in-law who was sitting in the room was interrupted from her reading.  I just had to read the book to her! Designed for young readers, this book will be read again and again, reinforcing the point of being truthful.

 

 

Waiting is Not Easy! is such a terrific book to help children see that waiting IS¬†worth it! Children (and some adults like me!) sometimes have a difficult time waiting, but with Elephant and Piggie’s story you can talk about a part of our daily life- waiting!

Other books in the Elephant and Piggie series that are about character include: Should I Share my Ice Cream? and  Are You Ready to Play Outside? 

~Lisa