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The Whole Child, Issue #045 - Ho-Ho, Chocolates, Milk and Vinegar?
December 12, 2007
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12 December 2007, Issue #045
1. Hello from Shirley
Lately, I’ve been thinking about how people come into our lives, sometimes just for a moment, like a meeting in a queue or on a flight, some stay for a longer season and then the relationship ends – they move on, grow away from you, break the relationship or even die. They teach you a lesson, show you something from a new perspective or present you with an opportunity to share and then the season is over.
Others may be with you for a lifetime. Lifetime relationships teach us lifetime lessons – lessons that we may need to build upon to ensure a strong emotional foundation. Sometimes it’s painful as the friction of relationships rubs us up, knocking off our rough edges, like sandpaper on wood.
Its not always easy to embrace the person or the lesson, especially when it hurts and especially if it’s a family member causing the friction, but in the end, if we are willing to learn and grow, our characters will become more polished and more beautiful and we’ll be more of a blessing to others around us.
We have to believe that there is a reason for every relationship or we might give up on others who need us or miss opportunities to grow into better people ourselves!
1. Click here for Christmas Crafts for Kids including easy home-made gifts, gift wrap and more.
2. Since its our summer holiday and we have finished our homeschool curriculum, I have taken some time to do some more structured learning activities with my preschoolers in the form of lapooks, based on stories that we read together.
The first one was one that I bought, and it inspired me to create one of our own for a wonderful African story book that we own.
While we were doing it, the plight of little African girl, with HIV, who is desperately in need of medical care but has never seen a doctor, was brought to my attention by a fellow homeschooling mom, who helps out at an orphanage.
My homeschooling business partner, Wendy, and I decided to offer the Fly, Eagle, Fly! South African Unit Study as a fundraiser for little Nobuhle. In return for a R50 ($7) donation you can download this story-based unit study to use with your children – it is suited for children aged 4-8 and can be used at home or in the classroom.
You can read more about the
Fly, Eagle, Fly! South African Unit study on our Footprints On Our Land website.
If you haven’t yet joined and would like to, send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."
The other day, while in the kitchen, I was inspired to share an idea with my children that someone recently shared with me. She said that our hearts are like a mug of liquid: When someone bumps us and the contents pour out, we can see what is really in our hearts.
I took a mug of milk and asked the children what would pour out of it if we bumped it over. “Milk,” they said. Then I took an unknown liquid from a bottle in the cupboard and poured some into another mug. I asked them the same question, but of course they didn’t know the answer. “We’ll have to tip it over and see what comes out,” I said. I did and I let them each dip a finger and taste the sour vinegar.
Then I explained the reason for the lesson – in life, other people will ‘bump’ us – they hurt us, irritate us or provoke us in many ways. How we respond will show us what pours out of us, like the unknown liquid – it could be the milk of loving kindness in our hearts or the vinegar of bitterness, unforgiveness and anger.
Some of my readers are religious and some are not so I know that if I say anything, there will definitely be someone who says I am pushing ‘something’ on them that isn’t welcome … so bear with me and just scroll past anything that might offend you.
Firstly, as much as I am not very pro-Santa, I have to tell you that Site-Build It!, the company that has helped me go from a technical dummy to a successful web-entrepreneur with a site ranked in the top 1% in the world, has a Ho-Ho Christmas special: they are offering two websites for the price of one – so you and a partner or friend can buy in together and only pay half, or you could buy two yourself as you get 9 months before you need to build the 2nd site.
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For those that are religious, here’s a thing for you and your kids (if you are not, scroll down fast!):
WHY JESUS IN MORE IMPORTANT THAN SANTA:
Santa lives at the North Pole.
If you haven’t yet, take a look at my Christmas suggestions on the Store page on my site.
There 27 gift suggestions from must-have board books for toddlers, picture books, a few story great compilations, some kids CD’s and DVD’s, and lastly my favourite parenting and homeschooling books, including Fly, Eagle, Fly! (mentioned above).
My top 2 Christmas Stories:
a. An African Christmas Cloth by Reviva Schermbrucker
This is a beautifully illustrated book created with embroidered pictures that were stitched by the author over a period of two years. The textured pages tell the story of Aunty Apples who takes a trip through the South African countryside in December, returning home to her relatives on Christmas Eve, with a beautiful handmade gift...
b. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski
This is a story with deep, rich illustrations that we have read more than once at Christmas time. It is quite a moving story of a widow and her son and how they befriend a sad, lonely and rather grumpy woodcarver.
The following activities are aimed at ages 2-3. For older children, adapt the activity to their ability or alternatively repeat the activities previously suggested for ages 3-5 in the earlier Backissues of The Whole Child publication.
To download the activities in a printable pdf, click here.
You will need to have Adobe Reader installed. Its a free download.
Repeat these activities often - with your own variations too!
1. Gross motor skills
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