Wow… what a great day we've had!! It's been one of those days you just feel like you really have kept your children focused on the Lord… and in the meantime… you have also kept YOURSELF focused!!!
I have to give a lot of the credit to the Lord having us in the Awana program this year. Since I have 3 of my 5 kids in the program… and each are in different groups… we are busy!!! I have to say that my oldest being in “Truth and Training” has been the most encouraging for me! The “Sparks”
are easier and all you have to invest is a little time each day on the verses and/or projects. BUT… “T and T”
is so much more involved!! I am having “C” finish all of the first section this week. On top of learning their verses and sharing what they've learned with others and memorizing all the books of the NT… they have the SILVER and GOLD sections they don't HAVE to do… but if they do them all they get awards for them.
So far he has written 2 awesome paragraphs about David's life, he has memorized all of the books of the New Testemant and can say them all in less than 30 seconds (the T&T goal) (he actually had learned them with me by the song quite a while ago~~ he was embarrassed at first to sing them to his leader…but she said that she has the same song and sings it herself in the car and he felt more comfortable with it…hehe), he shared what he's learned with 3 different people and wrote down their answer to his question of “why did God give us the bible?”, and drew this picture of little David killing Goliath:
He also can read a book about a missionary and we chose to read “Missionary Stories with the Miller's”! He doesn't even HAVE to do any of these extras… and has all schoolyear to finish… BUT I am keeping him on a strict schedule so that he doesn't procrastinate! I've told him that we need to press on and not just do what we HAVE to do… but go the extra mile!! My goal is to read the book TO him… all 24 chapters… by Friday night!! That's 8 chapters a day. (we borrowed it from my friend, “J”, and we just got it from her today!!) I'd have HIM read it… but I wanted to read it too!! hehe I am hooked!!! So far we have read the 8 chapters today that are about 8 different missionaries and they are awesome “based on real life” stories!!! We will finish it early, I can tell!! I can't wait to read more later!!! AND all of the kids have sat to listen with us and love them!!
So… we are making our Awana lessons most of our schoolwork for the week! I love it!!! What better way to learn…than to use God's word! Here is a picture that “Z” drew while “C” was drawing his:
This is David when he was king… speaking to someone…
I love kid art!! I can't help but save all the pictures they draw!!! Someday I'll look back at them and cry all over them!!! hehe But for now they are unstained by tears and just so darn cute!!!
Anyone else have kids in Awana? And how about “T&T”?? Did you find the switch from Sparks to “T&T” to be much more intense? I think it's great… I just didn't expect it to be so much work!!! I don't know how kids do it when they have to go to school all day just to come home to do homework!! That is probably why so many kids don't do the extra credit stuff. It's too bad…because “C” is just learning so much through the extra stuff!!
Hope your week is going great!! Let me know how you all are doing as we hit mid week!! Any big plans for the weekend?? I am SO excited! My husband has a 4 day weekend!!! He is off Friday thru Monday!! WOO HOO!!!