Thanks to Nabilinho’s version of ‘O God, guide me…’ we started the devotions for today’s very sunny lesson with some good rhythm and music. The children picked it up real quick, enjoying the moving and finger snapping with it too!
We then looked at today’s theme of ‘honesty’ – discussed what it means, how we can practice it, and that it’s possibly even more, than just being truthful. The quote we learned contains the phrase “…adorn your souls with the ornament of honesty.”
And that is what we made – little ornaments (decorations) to remind us to be honest. Decorating (adorning) our homes with them, as little reminders to do the same with our souls… 🙂
They are made out of salt-dough. My mum used make salt dough figures and decorations all the time, when we were little and this is a picture of the book I had the recipes from – Julie Landis Original Salzteigfiguren.
The recipe for the saltdough is very easy: 2 parts flour, 2 parts salt, 1 part water – mix together and keep well sealed until you use it, so it doesn’t dry out. The ornaments then need to be baked at 150 deg C for about 30 minutes, or until they are hard and lightly brown around the edges – done – now they can be painted!
This was our last full class for the term – next Sunday we’ll have a bit of a ‘year-end’ do, depending on the weather – I will email everyone with the details – yay 🙂 hope to see you all then. If not, we’ll be back in the new school term next year – beginning of February 2011!
Our last lesson for this term was about HONESTY. We started out as usual with learning a new quote (see quote of the week on the right). As it spoke about adorning ourselves with honesty, we cut out the quotes and ‘adorned’ them – decorating, beautifying with stickers, coloured paper, glitter and colouring in – to our hearts content 🙂
We played a shape game, where the teacher says a sequence of shapes (ie. circle, square, triangle, etc), and the students have to try and memorise it, and then repeat it. To make it a bit simpler for our varied ages in class, we used flash cards. (The children also wanted to test the teacher – yikes, not as easy actually! 😉 )
For our story we read The Berenstain Bears and the Truth. A great little story, where Brother and Sister Bear learn a good lesson about telling the truth….
To finish off our last lesson before the school holidays, the children had to solve some puzzles – all 10 quotes they memorised over the last 10 lessons in this term were cut up into strips, and they had to put them back together again. they got a little notebook to glue them all into, and keep them safe – and maybe look at them again over the holidays, so we don’t forget them all already 🙂
A pdf of the complete quotes can be downloaded here.
We didn’t quite have time to do our colouring in today, but have a look at the lesson pdf here – it’s got a colouring in page in there for those of you who want to finish it at home.
See you all after the school holidays, we’re back on the 25th of July.