Jonah and the Whale Crafts and Dramatic Play
The girls loved making this whale, from the Bible story, Jonah and the Whale. This is a supplement that comes with Mother Goose Time, Experience God. It even came with a coloring book.
Every month, you can choose to add on the Experience God activities, which go along with the theme. I chose to order this supplement, because it's been a fun and helpful way to help the kids feel close to God.
They loved acting out the Bible story with Jonah, his little boat and the whale. This was great for dramatic play.
The girls learned an important lesson from the Jonah and the whale Bible lesson... It's important to obey God when He calls you to do something.
Mother Goose Time sends posters for each part of the Bible story, so they children can visually see what happens as the teacher or parent explains the story. While they were busy creating the crafts, I read the story. So, when they were done creating their Jonah, boat and whale, they were all ready to act out the story themselves.
The children learn that Jonah learns to obey God, as he finally faces his fear and goes back to the city to share God's word with the people. How can we learn from Jonah's experiences?
"This is love for God: to obey His commands."
1 John 5:3
...And at that moment I remembered what God has called me (and all the homeschooling parents reading this) to do... Homeschool our children. Sometimes, it's not easy to obey God, but when you do, you finally feel at peace with God.
Then, I feel a prayer of thanks well up in my heart, as I look into their appreciative, loving eyes.
The best example we can give our children is to do it ourselves. That's what they will really remember. Yeah, they'll remember all the times we messed up, too. So, we better keep ourselves in check. ;) But lets face it, we'll never be perfect. That's why we have God's grace. We also need to remember to share God's grace with our little ones in the way we parent them.
Chores Craft and ActivityChores and tracking chores is a great way to teach children consistency and responsibility. It's nice to have the children do age appropriate chores, like picking up toys, brushing teeth and brushing hair.
For little ones, it seems that the number of chores corresponds with the age of the child. So, a 3-year-old child can maybe do the three age appropriate and developmentally appropriate chores mentioned, and an 8-year old child can possibly handle eight age appropriate and developmentally appropriate chores.
The Mother Goose Time chore tracking craft and activity is ideal for preschoolers. You can make this chore activity at home by simply taping pictures symbolizing the chore onto empty yogurt cups or tin cans (be sure to get rid of any sharp edges.) As the preschool child finishes each chore, he/she puts the popsicle in the corresponding cup or can. I think this chore activity is best for preschoolers.
As for the older kids... Here's a chore chart (rocket or rose), I created on my other blog. You can print it for free for your older children.