Posted on May 26 2013 in Cool Sites by admin
3.1 Christian Resources: Church Listening Pages
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Reuse Soda Can Tabs
3.3 Toddlers and Up: Age-Appropriate Kids’ Cooking Lessons
3.4 Homeschooling: Charlotte Mason Methods That Don’t Look Like “School”
3.5 Gardening: Grow Food from Kitchen Scraps
Here are some simple printables to help children develop the habit (yes, they can be trained) of listening carefully in church–especially during the sermon, but not only then.
It may sound a little odd, but here are seven ways to reuse what would usually be mere trash. Ideas range from practical picture or art hangers to crafty bracelets! While on that page to see the ideas, note articles linked at the bottom of the page on reusing hangers, tissue boxes, and pie tins. Teach the art and science of clever reuse to your children early.
Believe it or not, the suggested lessons begin with two-year-olds! The ideas listed provide a good example of the amount of learning possible from everyday life activities. Lessons continue with age groups that go all the way to “senior chefs” (16- to 18-year-olds).
These methods can be used with children who are not ready for formal testing, those not old enough for formal lessons, or just as a break from pen-and-paper tests and lessons. They work well for sick days, vacations, and summer. Who knew LEGO castles, modeling clay, and geometric or cookie cutter shapes could help with story-telling? How about enjoying family theater night (yes, parents have to do a skit with homemade costumes, too) or drive-time stories of how you once did something Laura Ingalls Wilder did in the book you just read to them?
Want more? Plan a menu, follow a budget, shop for, prepare, and serve a Father’s Day dinner. Design and produce your own gift wrap from brown paper or white butcher’s paper using art media of your choice. Have each child draw or write a paragraph for a Christmas in July family letter. Brainstorm for more ideas with an older child playing family secretary; take turns at it if you have enough children. Even coming up with the ideas becomes a lesson!
Grow some vegetables from scraps left over in the kitchen. Plants that can be grown this way include celery, green onions, and potatoes. See the short article for more and the how-tos that go with it.