Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Writing Letters

With the ease and convenience of the internet, correspondence on paper is becoming extinct. But, the beauty and blessing of opening a letter written in a pretty script with lovely stationary has not lost its appeal.  It is an ageless art that will be appreciated by those close to you and those that need comfort.

Take some time to reflect on the people which God has put in your path that are in need, going through trials or are just plain lonely… Grandparents, the elderly without much family or people living in far away lands would also be appreciative of such letters. Perhaps a sprig of dried lavender could be enclosed for a sweet scent or photos of the family. A Bible verse of encouragement can be added or an inspirational poem. What a lovely, little package it will be to open!

Who do you know that could use an old fashioned letter?


"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. See with what large letters I have written to you with my own hand!"

 ~ Galatians 6:9-11

Friday, August 26, 2011

Our Wholesome Video List


This is a follow up to the article, What to Read and What to Watch.

Below is a list of wholesome* media that our family has appreciated using the criteria above (with more to come). We have attempted to list the movies by age since we are all in different stages with our children (but every child is different so this is truly flexible). Most movies were introduced when we started homeschooling and have been valuable educational resources (teaching topics are shared next to the titles). Do you have any to add?

Ages 4 and up
Ages 6 and up
    Ages 8 and up
      Ages 10 and up

        Ages 12 and up

        Adults
        • Candle in the Dark (Theme: India, William Carey, 1793 Amazing Biography!)
        • Flywheel (Theme: Christian Lifestyle)
        • End of the Spear (There is some graphic violence which is why I wouldn't recommend for children but this is an excellent missionary story.)
        • Love Comes Softly (Theme: Pioneer Life, Inspirational)
        • Stand Strong (Theme: Family, Living Within Your Means)

        * Keep in mind that though these movies are considered wholesome, some content is more mature such as the World War II and missionary themed videos since the subject matter is based on historic events which can be harsh and intense. But what you won't find in this list are children in romantic relationships, nudity, profane language, magic and/or ungodly lifestyles being praised.

        What are your favorites that I didn't include? Please share! 

        Tuesday, August 23, 2011

        Raggedy Ann & Andy ~ Precious Playtime


        What happened to the good old days when little children played with Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls? These classics are so sweet and simple.  I tried to encourage them in our home. There are so many fun and educational things you can do with your children in their younger years featuring these timeless characters...


        Read together with your children…

        Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Read-Aloud Treasury


        Snuggling up on the couch and reading to them will nurture a future love of books that will continually educate and enrich your child. Language arts has never been so easy! Read good literature and their vocabulary will build.


        Have a tea party with your children...

        RAGGEDY ANN'S TEA PARTY BOOK

        They can help you make one of these tasty treats. You would be sharing a wonderful memory together while teaching some basics in home economics and math.
        Color with your children…

        They love when mama participates. There is a whole page of free printables at this link. Have fun!


        Craft with your children…


        Print out the clip art images here and here. Cut out and paste onto brown paper bags as decoration and use for their lunches (or anything else of that nature). They will feel so artistic!

        You may also enjoy making our Raggedy Ann Room Spray together.



        Play with your children...



        Cut out paper dolls to play with… Click here for Andy.  Click here for Ann (see samples above).



        Or, for black and white paper doll versions for your children to color and cut their own (above sample), click here.


        And finally, read poems to your children…

        They will have an early appreciation for the finer things in life if you start this quality time together now.


        My Raggedy Ann

        We played together, Raggedy Ann,
        as playmates often do.
        I always shared my dreams
        with nobody else but you.

        Each night my prayers were whispered
        with you snuggled by my side.
        On stormy nights the thunder
        made us cover up and hide.

        Now your eyes have both grown weary
        and your arm is slightly torn,
        Your cuddly body is tattered,
        and your nose is mashed and worn.


        We did so much together Raggedy Ann,
        the years, oh how they flew.
        And I cherish every memory
        of growing up with you.

        ~ Author Unknown




        Raggedy Ann is My Best Friend

        Raggedy Ann is my best friend
        She's just so relaxed
        Just watch her bend
        First from the waist
        Then from the knee
        Her arms are swinging
        Oh, so free
        Her head rolls around
        Like a rubber ball
        She hasn't any bones at all
        But Raggedy Ann
        Can stand up tall.

        ~ Author Unknown

        Enjoy your little ones… 
        Unlike these sweet dolls, 
        they grow so fast.

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