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Monday, October 26, 2009

Raising Rock Stars ::Week 1::

This is my first week participating in Raising Rock Stars ~ not that we haven't been doing anything with our kids, but this would be a week that we actually took pictures and spent some time as a family {i.e. with Daddy} doing a focused activity together.

We've been talking about pumpkins with the younger two and we have never carved a pumpkin together as a family. Rick and I had different reasons up to this point for not doing it and this year...well, we decided to use it as a teaching/learning opportunity with the kids. We used the printables that Carisa put together her post last week and had fun making 'Christian' pumpkins. Kaleb had fun trying new ways to color...

We talked about how God scoops all the nastiness and yucky stuff out of our lives and how our lives shine the light of Jesus to others. We had fun coloring, reading a poem together and deciding how our pumpkin was going to look after Daddy got done carving. The end result?

During the week the kids are also attending Awana at a local church. This is our first year participating and they are loving it! All three of the oldest are using the Sparks books {Zachary is in Book 1 and the girls are using Book 2}. I am AMAZED at how much they are remembering!!

To make it a little more fun and incorporate it into our school time, I'm making printables to go along with the different verses the kids are learning. We have a large 8 1/2 x 11 sheet that hangs up for the kids to see, a 4 x 6 card that slips into a photo book so we can flip through the verses we've learned and sentence strip/word cards so they can put the verse together like a little puzzle. The word cards are great for Zachary and helping him really identify the words too!

The girls focused on Proverbs 20:11 {WingRunner Red Jewel 1:4} this week ~ "Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right." We talked about Samuel and the importance of listening to God and hearing His voice.

Zachary's verse was 1 John 4:19 {HangGlider Red Jewel 1:4}~ "We love because He first loved us."

~ Pumpkin printables courtesy of Carisa!!

Be sure to stop by and visit Carisa at 1+1+1=1 and join in on Raising your own little Rock Stars!


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  • The Awana pages are awesome! My son (G5) is in his first year of Sparks too. I wanted to do something to help him with his verses, but was thinking more along the lines of a lapbook. Your pages are a MUCH better idea. Thanks so much!

    By Blogger Jennifer, At October 27, 2009 at 12:53 AM  

  • Wow, those printables are a fantastic way to help my little ones to remember scripture. It was a great find for me today, thanks!

    By Anonymous Joanne, At October 27, 2009 at 7:31 AM  

  • LOVE your actual pumpkin!!!! We haven't gotten that far yet!

    And your site is live---YAY!!! Many will be blessed by your creativity and generous rock!

    ;) C

    By Blogger Carisa, At October 27, 2009 at 9:19 AM  

  • my son is a 1st year Sparks too! He enjoys it so much! GREAT PUMPKIN - just love how that turned out!

    By Blogger Layton Family, At October 27, 2009 at 9:38 AM  

  • Jolanthe,

    Thanks for the verse manipulatives ideas. We started Bible verses this week and I wasn't sure how to reinforce for my youngest. I believe this is a great idea for both children.

    By Blogger Milk and Honey Mommy, At October 27, 2009 at 9:49 AM  

  • If you haven't seen it already, you should look for The Pumpkin Patch Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs. It's a great children's book about how God scoops the yucky stuff out of our lives and then His light shines through us.

    By Blogger km, At October 27, 2009 at 10:28 AM  

  • We LOVE Awana! Jonah did both years of Cubbies and this year he is a Sparks...he finished his whole book and reviewed it all already and we are waiting the extra activity book. He loves listening to the CD the Hanglider Handbook comes with and memorizing God's word....and it helps a Momma put God's word into her heart too! Glad you are involved with that! It's a wonderful program and the kids just love it!

    By Blogger Tia, At October 27, 2009 at 2:59 PM  

  • That is awesome. I am still trying to find our local awana club. We do the same thing for our memory verses it's great they love it cause it's like a puzzle for them. That's how my son learned the creation verses in genesis.

    By Blogger Cynthia, At October 27, 2009 at 5:13 PM  

  • I'm so glad I found your site.

    I remember reading that about the christian pumpkin before. Thanks for the reminder - now I can carve a pumpkin with the kids!

    Blondie finshed Books 2 & 3 in one year and finished Book 4 last year. This year she's in TREK.

    Red is 4 yrs old - He wants to be in AWANA but he is so high energy and it takes him past his bedtime. Maybe someday...

    By Blogger Brownie, At October 27, 2009 at 6:00 PM  

  • Love the pumpkin..that is so nice! Thank you for the great links!

    By Blogger Stephanie, At October 27, 2009 at 7:39 PM  

  • That is one special pumpkin. I am off to check out the links you generously provided. Thank you.

    By Blogger Elise, At October 27, 2009 at 10:47 PM  

  • I love your new website. I love the idea of making the verses like a sentence maker type thing. Great idea, really. Definitely something that I would use.

    By Blogger Deborah, At October 29, 2009 at 9:01 PM  

  • I like your little photo book with the AWANA Bible verses. My son has been in the program for six years. ALL of his AWANA books are torn up from use. This is a great way to preserve the Word that he has hidden in his heart. Thanks,

    By Blogger Joli, At November 14, 2009 at 1:18 PM  

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