making right choices every day.
Well its been a little over a month at we have been focused on the character trait of Wisdom. With a couple of weeks holiday in the middle, I felt like we needed to cover it some more before moving on. I had lots of fun exploring the different ways I could present the concept of wisdom to the boys (6, 4 & 2). The main idea that I wanted to get across was that lots of little choices being made right would build up to a life of wisdom. So here are some of the ways we did that.
I built a tower with single blocks going straight up, not very stable. Then I built another one with a solid foundation and as I did it we talked about how each block was like a good choice. They all lean on each other and make a strong tower. We also tried pulling a few blocks out and making gaps and explained how these were like bad choices and it leaves the tower a little unstable. We also talked about how we want God to be the foundation of our lives and we want to base our choices on what his ways. The boys then made paper towers to remember this lesson.
Another day I used an empty jar to symbolise our lives. When we make good choice our wisdom gets filled up (and I put a few marbles in the jar). Then we make more good choices and the jar get fuller, sometimes we make choice that aren't so good and marble come out of the jar. We talked about wanting to fill our lives with good choices and then made our own marble jars with a drawing and pompoms.
God's word is where we can find out how he wants us to live. We want to base our choices on what God says is right. So we had a bible verse treasure hunt. I wrote the bible reference on a white paper with a candle, rolled them up and hid them in the yard. The boys took turns in finding them and then had to reveal the hidden message by painting with water based paint. Then we found the verses in the bible together and talked about what each verse helped us with.
Wise Old Owl
We made paper bag owls and talked how owls make choices.
Crayon Wax Frame
Once again we talked about how many tiny choices work together to form a persons character. I really wanted them to understand the importance of all those little choices we keep talking about in life. I had grated a few old crayons - each small piece represented good choices. By themselves they didn't look like much, but when we ironed it and they all melted together we had a beautiful 'stained glass' looking frame. The boys loved this activity and it seemed to really help them understand how bringing all the choices together make a life of wisdom.
An arrow is a symbol for wisdom as it gives us direction and points the way, just like a compass shows us the way. Guiding your way, wisdom will lead you through knowledge to understanding. God's word is the arrow on our compass of life. We each made simple a compass by rubbing a needle on a magnet and floating it in water on a piece of foam. They had lots of fun with the magnet making the compass go all funny. While they did that, I talked about how wrong choices can send us in the wrong direction away from what God wants for our lives, but we can always turn back to Him again.
God's Wisdom for Little Boys
We have a wonderful book called God's Wisdom for Little Boys by Jim & Elizabeth George. We read one page most mornings after breakfast. Each page addresses a different character trait with a poem, picture and verse from Proverbs.