O Lord! I am a child; enable me to grow beneath the shadow of Thy loving-kindness. I am a tender plant; cause me to be nurtured through the outpourings of the clouds of Thy bounty. I am a sapling of the garden of love; make me into a fruitful tree. Thou art the Mighty and the Powerful, and Thou art the All-Loving, the All-Knowing, the All-Seeing.
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For our first day’s activity we did the Spiritual Treasure box envelope prayer craft. I cut out the prayer and pictures and had Nika do the gluing onto construction paper. She loves gluing, so it was perfect, and since then she has loved picking out the pictures as either I or her dad reads the prayer.
The next day I prepared the quotation craft, as I wasn’t sure how she would do with the smaller pieces and I was being picky. I made it a pop out card with the friends holding the heart on the outside and the quotation popping out when you open it. Nika was pretty delighted to find the surprise inside which kept her interested enough to repeat the quote with me.
We made the quotation card today. I had Amin and Mona draw a self-portrait, cut them out and glued the heart between them. Then I had Amin copy the quotation onto the back – he needs some writing practice. Then we sang the quote until they could follow the music with me. Finally we talked a little bit about what the quote means. I said we would try to be in harmony and friendly to each other this month, and that I would hold up the card to remind them to show friendliness. That they should be like the two self-portraits on the front of the card.
We did the mirror exercise for activity #8 and heartily laughed. Noteworthy was when the older two realized that their youngest sibling also had a way of being friendly even without being able to express it in words.
For activity #13, I noticed my son was very confident showing friendliness whereas I was more hesitant and shy. He just went up to people and started telling them all about how we were practicing friendliness!
On activity #14 we just glued construction paper cut-outs of flower shapes onto a bigger page, then glued little photos of friends onto the flowers. Nika loved seeing the little photos.
Carmel and Lincoln love the finger play for activity #19! We do it many times a day and even Carmel puts her fingers up and hums along. It’s so cute! We added the sign for love (arms crossed over hearts) and made up a sign for harmony (by clasping our hands together).
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