On Monday and Tuesday I put out different coloring sheets of children acting in kind ways–raking leaves, doing the dishes, comforting someone who has been hurt, taking care of a pet, etc. Then at circle time each child talked about what was happening in their picture and how that portrayed a kind act.
On Wednesday and Thursday I put out lots of small heart shapes that I had cut out of white drawing paper. I also put dollops of pink, red and purple paint onto the small plastic lids that I often use as make-shift pallets. I let the children use their fingers to paint the hearts. They could take the hearts home that they painted and when they saw someone doing a kind act, the child could give that person a heart. Continue reading
Some things are black and white
This week we learned about the contrast between Dark and Light. We talked about the colors black and white and the concept that if you add a bit of black paint to another color, it darkens the color. And, conversely, if you add white paint to a color, it lightens the color.
From Darkness Unto Light: Joseph Smith’s Translation and Publication of the Book of Mormon by Michael Hubbard MacKay and Gerrit J. Dirkmaat
Opening the Heavens: Accounts of Divine Manifestations 1820-1844 Edited by John W. Welch
The Amish Way: Patient Faith in a Perilous World by Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt and David L. Weaver-Zercher
Approaching Antiquity: Joseph Smith and the Ancient World Edited by Lincoln H. Blumell, Matthew J. Grey, and Andrew J. Hedges (Chapters 3&4)
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My intention this month was to focus on the artist Brian Kershisnik, but “the best laid plans of mice and men go oft astray”. Although one of the art projects was in part inspired by a Kershisnik painting, “Pruners”, have I talked about Brian Kershisnik, or showed the children any of his artwork? No. Sigh… Luckily, there is always next week! And I think that is the wonderful thing about life, there is always a new day and a new opportunity to be just a little bit better.
Quite a few people have asked me for the sources that I have used as the background to my Gospel Doctrine lessons. I thought that I would list them on my blog as I read them. So, check back periodically through the week leading up to my lesson as I will put up links to different articles and also the titles of the books that I am reading. I will also post the outline that I use to teach the class.
For those of you who subscribe to my blog who are not Mormon, feel free to enjoy these articles as I post them, or to skip them, but please, no anti-Mormon bashing.
The Sin Of Certainty: Why God Desires Our Trust More Than Our “Correct” Beliefs by Peter Enns
Nothing New Under the Sun: A Blunt Paraphrase of Ecclesiastes by Adam S. Miller
The Lectures On Faith by Joseph Smith
Miracles Of The Book Of Mormon: A Guide To The Symbolic Messages by Alonzo Gaskill
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In an attempt, dear readers, to be very thrifty and clever, I have daftly deleted many of the pictures on this blog. Needless to say, I am very peeved at myself for being such a techno-dummy, but (sigh) there you have it. I will be working this next week to restore the pictures. My one consolation is that my linen apron that I have been sewing is almost done. It will be a most happy thing to wear and I will post pictures of it and work very hard not to delete them in another attempt at cleverness…
Here is my work-in-progress apron. It is a Japanese-style linen apron. I am trying to decide whether to make a linen lining or just make a seam binding for the edges. You can see Maxie chasing his blue balloon, which is peeking out from under the right-hand side of my apron. I will post pictures of the finished product.
His bill an auger is,
His head, a cap and frill,
He laboreth at every tree,–
A worm his utmost goal
Usually I have some sort of an “invitation to play or create” on the table in the preschool room. The children are free to explore if they choose. This week however, on Monday and Tuesday the littles, the littlest littles, and I made recycled bird feeders out of toilet paper tubes. I placed bowls of peanut butter on the table and butter knives. It was really good small motor practice for the littles to practice spreading the peanut butter onto the tubes. (Quite a lot went into their mouths too!) Then, they rolled the tubes in birdseed. I strung a loop of twine through the tube so that the children could hang them up for the birds when they got home. I heard oodles of gleeful glad tidings of great joy over the course of the next few days about how the birds had indeed enjoyed their treats.