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I hope everyone is doing well and found enough to do off of Monday's lesson.
Grandma is starting lesson 34 from the chart of the Creative Dance Book; subject: stories and poems; helper: Rumpelstiltskin.
Mary Joyce writes, "(The important thing about using stories and poems is to make them short enough. Take only part of a well-known story, so that interest is focused on development of movement rather than on sequential happenings. Two or three visual images or feelings are plenty to work with. In this lesson, begin by discussng the story of Rumpelstiltskin up to the part where he is dancing around his fire singing about his name.) First, show me your fire. Walk around it so I can see how big it is. Spread out so no one walks into anyone else's fire.
Rumpelstilskin is a funny, little man. Show me how he would skip around his fire. Take eight counts. Go. Do you suppose he would skip so evenly with no body shape? What kind of body shape would he have? Can you hop around your fire this time in that body shape? Go. Next try a turn or a jump with those hops. Go. Can he change his body shape as he dances? Remember: he is a strange, little gnome. Maybe his shoulders move. How would he move his hands? Where would his face be looking as he dances? Go.
This time dance in one spot, behind your fire, using your face, your hands, your shoulders, your hips, and changing levels, but staying on one spot. Go. One (count through), eight. Now let's do eight counts around the fire and eight counts behind the fire. I'll sing for you this time:
Rumpelstiltskin, Rumpelstiltskin, Rumpelstiltskin, is my name.
Rumpelstiltskin, Rumpelstiltskin, Rumpelstiltskin, ha, ha, ha!
(I have simplified the song that Rumpelstiltskin sings in the story. The authentic verse is:
Merrily the feast I'll make
Today I'll brew, tomorrow I'll bake
Merrily I'll dance and sing
For next day will a stranger bring
Little does my lady dream
Rumpelstiltskin is my name.)
Let me see these dances:" (watch one child at a time)
"Next comes the queen's emissary, who asks, "Is your name Badylegs?"
Rumpelstiltskin laughs and says, "No"?
"Is your name Crookshanks?"
"Is your name Rumpelstiltskin?" And what does Rumpelstiltskin do then? He stamps and stamps and stamps himself right through the ground and disappears forever! How would you do that?
(I often make up strange and different names besides Bandylegs and Crookshanks, as this surprises and pleases the children. Always feel free to make changes that will better suit your needs.)
Now let's do the whole story. The queen sent her emissary to find out the little fellow's name. While wandering through the countryside, he hears:
Rumpelstiltskin, Rumpelstiltskin, Rumpelstiltskin is my name,
Rumpelstiltskin, Rumpelstiltskin, Rumpelstiltskin ha, ha, ha!
"Aha, there! Is your name Bandylegs?"
"Is your name Crookshanks?"
"Is your name Rumpelstiltskin?"
"Oooooooooh, ooooooooh, ooooooooooh!" And he was never seen again!"
Now watch each child. "(Continue with four or five selections from one of these categories: nursery rhymes, haiku poetry, other literature, or original stories or poems. Have each group choose a selection. On another day, use another category.) Find shapes and movements that fit the images produced by the words. Work five minutes, and then we'll watch.
Goals for evaluation: Look for dancing with joy and involvement as well as with variety."
This is the last lesson in the second chart and Grandma will be giving more information of advice out of the book from here.
I will go back and cover the books after 2 Chronicles and the Songs of Songs before we completely move into the New Testament. Today we will cover Proverbs. The following questions are asked in Faith Alive:
How...does Proverbs show us God's love? Proverbs teaches us that God gives true wisdom. As hard as human beings try, we can never figure out for ourselves the really important things of life. Our relationship with God is what matters most, and God reveals that we have a wonderful relationship with him through Jesus' death on the cross. The cross was God's wise plan to save us.
Whom...did God inspire to write this book? Solomon wrote many of the proverbs. God inspired various people to write others.
When...was this book written? The proverbs in this book were probably written between 970 and 686 B.C.
What...special messages does this book give us? This book teaches the wise ways people will live when they "fear" (or honor) the Lord. Proverbs includes practical advice on many subjects, such as making friends, handling money, and caring for the poor. But the beginning of all real wisdom, Proverbs says, is the fear of the Lord (9:10).
...are some ways Proverbs describes a wise (Christian)life?
God's children trust him. Proverbs 3:5-6
God's children accept discipline. Proverbs 3:11-12
God's children fear (honor) him. Proverbs 9:10
God's children are humble. Proverbs 15:1
God's children are humble. Proverbs 16:8
God's children do not seek revenge. Proverbs 20:22
God's children remain faithful. Proverbs 22:6
Faith Alive gives: "Words to Remember 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.;
Let's Live It! Proverbs 3:1-2 My Son (or Daughter)--"Daddy," the three-year-old boy asked his father, "how do you want me to be?" What answer would you give?
The writer of Proverbs must have spent a lot of time thinking about that sort of question. Many verses begin, "My son..." and then go on to give godly advice. Read some of these passages: Proverbs 1:8-19; 2:1-8;3:1-4;3:11-12; 3:21-24; 4:1-9; 4:1-9; 4:10-14: 4:20-23; 5:1-5; 6:1-5. Copy three or four lines from one verse onto an index card. On the other side write, "How do you want me to be?"
This father told his little boy, "I don't want you to do anything that will hurt you. I don't want you to do anything that will hurt anyone else. And I want you to love your Lord Jesus a lot." Good advice.
Let's Live It! Proverbs 6:6-11-Why Work?--Did you ever watch ants around an anthill? They all seem to do a job. Such heavy loads they carry! Proverbs urges people to follow their example and work hard.
Why bother? Because everything we Christians do, we do for the Lord God gives each of us important tasks to do every day. Draw a picture of an ant. Use just three circles and stick legs. Let your ant remind you how you can work for God.
Life in Bible Times-What Makes Life Good-Work makes life good (Proverbs 14:23). Most people in Palestine were farmers. Farming wasn't easy, but people who worked hard had food and clothing for their families.
Life in Bible Times-What Makes Life Good-One of the good things of life that God has given is the family. Parents and children, aunts and uncles, and even friends are evidence from God that we have a special place in the world, somewhere that we belong.
Let's Live It! Proverbs 17:9 Turn Gossip Around--Gossip is saying something bad or embarrassing about another person. Read what the Bible says about gossip in Proverbs 16:28; 26:20; and 2 Corinthians 12:20.
Proverbs 17:9 tells you how to turn gossip around and help people stay friends. Read the verse. Then the next time you hear gossip, turn the gossip around. How? When you hear someone say something bad about a person, you say something good about that person!
By turning gossip around you are being kind to your friends and showing others they can trust you.
Words to Remember 21:2 The Lord weighs the heart.
Life In Bible Times-What Makes Life Good-No one likes to be punished. But Proverbs 22:15 says that punishment can help us. It keeps us from doing wrong and foolish things, and that makes life good.
Let's Live It! Proverbs 24:11-12-Rescue Them!--Read Proverbs 24:11-12. What is that about? Do you know anyone "being led away to death"? Probably not by name. But maybe there are some people we don't know personally that we could still rescue from death.
Back in 1973 the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion, allowing millions of babies to be killed before they could be born. The Bible tells us that God loves everyone, even before we are born. Can you tell a friend about that? God expects all of us to use loving, gentle, legal ways to save babies from abortion.
Words to Remember-25:21-22 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.
Words to Remember-28:14 Blessed is the man who always fears the Lord.
Life In Bible Times-What Makes Life Good-In Bible times women did important work for their families. They made thread on a spindle, wove cloth and made clothing. Life is good when men and women both do important things.
Let's Live It! Proverbs 31:10-31-Good Old Mom--"And what do you do for a living?" someone asks a woman. She may be embarrassed to answer, "I'm just a housewife."
No one needs to answer that way. No woman is "just a housewife"--as if that weren't an important job. Think about your mom. She's not "just a housewife," is she? For one thing, she may work outside the home. But certainly she has the most important job anywhere right there. After all, she's your mom!
Proverbs 31:10-31 lists just a few thousand things women do-- in their jobs, at home, for their families. Write them down. How many of these does your mom do? Now make a list of all the things you've noticed your mom doing. Surely you'll think of some that aren't on the Proverbs list. Then ask Mom to tell you about other things she does.
See how important Proverbs says she is (31:10-11, 28-31)? She is to be praised! Give her the reward she has earned! How about it? A hug? A special card? Breakfast in bed?"
Calendar from Book 1
We left off on December 20. December 21, 1879 Joseph Stalin, Russian dictator, was born. Paul Winchell, American ventriloquist, was born in 1922. Book 1 says, "Celebrate the birthday of Paul Winchell by giving your students the chance to perform with a favorite doll or toy. Have them write a dialogue between themselves and their "dummy." Suggest that they try to convince their dummy to do something the dummy might not want to do, such as go to school, eat broccoli, do homework, or take a bath. Have them debut their acts."
Then in 1959 Florence Griffith Joyner, American track star, was born. The event for that day was in 1620 when the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, Mass. In Step up to the mike of Book 1 it says, "Have the kids use today's talk-show format to interview Pilgrims as they disembark from the Mayflower. Encourage them to check Pilgrim diaries and other reference books to gather information for the anniversary interviews.
December 22, 1696 James Ogelthorpe, founder of the Georgia colony, was born. Then in 1858 Giacomo Pucini, Italian composer, was born. Two events happen in the 1700's: In 1775 The British Parliament prohibited trade with the American colonies. The Continental Congress established the Continental Navy also on that day.
December 23, 1732 Richard Arkwright, English inventor and manufacturer called "the Father of the Factory system" was born. In 1783 George Washington, comander-in-chief of the Continental Army, retired to Mount Vernon on December 23. In 1788 The state of Maryland offerd a 10-square-mile tract on the Potomac River as the Site for the National Government. Book 1 in Welcome, Washington says to ask your children "to find out how many states were part of the United States at the time Maryland donated land for the nation's capital. Have the kids locate these states on a map. Why do the kids think the District of Columbia was a good choice for the capital? Would they select a different location for the capital now? Why?" See if they can tell you how many states there are now and how many they know with the capitals of each state. Any under the age of 4th grade will usually not know this answer. However, the states can be pointed out to them.
This day is also the Feast of the Radishes in Mexico. Book 1 says, "Every year thousands of visitors flock to the city of Oaxaca in southern Mexico to see sculptures made from radishes. Contestants frequently use several radishes--some up to 2 feet long--to depict familiar landmarks, holidays, famous people, or historical scenes. According to Mexican lore, Zapotec Indian children, who had no formal toys, used radishes as playthings. What everyday items have your children imaginatively turned into playthings?"
December 24 of course was Christmas Eve. In 1809 Kit Carson, American frontier scout, was born. The children could research later about some of the frontiersmen and tradesmen did and they way they were; maybe through some of the old movies. Book 1 says, "Christopher "Kit" Carson never learned to read or write. Yet he was a superior trapper and hunter as well as a trusted frontier scout, guide, and soldier." Ask the children whether Carson could succeed today without reading and writing skills.
Then in 1920 John Langstaff, children's author, was born.
One event of Columbus's flagship, the Santa Maria, was wrecked on a reef off Haiti in 1492. Of special mention on this day in 1801 The American painter and naturalist Charles Wilson Peale exhibited a Mounted Skeleton of a Mastodon. It would be a good time to discuss some things about the dinosaurs and see if the children can name any of them. It might be good to dig out any books you may have about them as D is good for dinosaur, December, do, Didn't, don't, done. did, and dig, deep, deer, dip and any other d words you can thing of.
In 1814 the War of 1812 ended which we will discuss later. Book 1 writes, "By the end of the War of 1812--often called the second war for independence--Americans felt a renewed pride in their fledgling nation, and countries around the world began to view the United States more seriously." Have your children "discuss what might have happened if the British had been victorious in the War of 1812. How do they think U.S. citizens would have been treated? What would the British have done with the leaders of the former United States? Finally, have" your children "write a story set in the present and bason on the premise that England had won the War of 1812. What are some of the ways the kids' lives today would be different?"
Another special mention-In 1818 Josephe Mohr, a pastor in Oberndorf, Germany, wrote the words for "Silent Night." Franz Gruber, the schoolmaster and organist, composed the music. Then in 1968 The apollo 8 Astronauts Broadcast a Christmas message while orbiting the moon.
December 25 as we know is Christmas. Book 1 thinks we can think of different poems from different countries. Grandma already covered some traditions of some of the other countries. "Kids studying Christmas in France wrote this poem:
Children leave their shoes
On the front doorstep.
Come morning they rush to see
What "le petit Noel" has left.
A pair researching Australia created this poem:
Knock on your door
When Santa Claus
Sails by the shore.
Isaac Newton, English physicist, was born in 1642. In 1821 Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, was born. Then in 1880 Johnny Gruelle, American cartoonist and author who created Raggedy Ann, was born. Book 1 suggests an activity in which it says, "Johnny Gruelle, whose comic strip "Mr. Twee Deedle" appeared in the New York Herald from 1910 to 1916, also wrote over 50 books for children. His best-known creation was a rag doll named Raggedy Ann, whose adventures with other toys and dolls always took place while humans were asleep or away. Ask" the children "to write stories abut the secret lives of their favorite toys."
Conrad Hilton, American businessman who built a chain of successful hotels, was born in 1887. Then Eth Clifford, children's author, was born in 1915. In 1958 Rickey Henderson, baseball star was born.
An event of 1620 The Pilgrims began Construction of a Meetinghouse in Plymouth, Mass.
As special mentions: in 1818 "Silent Night" was performed for the first time, in the village church in Oberndorf, Austria. In 1831 Louisiana and Arkansas became the first states to observe Christmas as a legal Holiday. In 1887 The character Sherlock Holmes first appeared in Beaton's Christmas Annual. In 1930 thr first public Bobsled run opened in Lake Placid, N.Y.
December 26, 1792 Charles Babbage, English mathematician, scientist, and inventor was born. Book 1 says, "Charles Babbage is credited with the idea for the first automatic digital computer. He had many interests, including astronomy, probability, meteorology, cryptanalysis, and even lighthouse technology. Often frustrated by lack o funds, Babbage believed that national governments should support scientific activities and help national governments should support scientific activities and help promising the pros and cons of government support of scientific research.
The children can write about these cold, snowy days we have had.
December is celebration Junkanoo(the Bahamas)
It is also beginning of Kwanzaa as Book 1 writes,"From Dec 26 to Jan. 1, many African=americans celebrate Kwanzaa, the festival of the harvest. They place the muhindi, an ear of corn representing children, and the kinara, a holder for seven candles, on a straw mat called the mkeka. Every day they light one candle. The candles, called mushumaa, symbolize the principles of unity, self-determination, responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity,a dn faith. On the last day of the festival, parents give gifts, or zawadi, to their children." Ask the children "to list ways they can demonstrate these seven principles."
This is enough for today. We will keep working at things to get caught up. Thanks for being patient.