Grandma is hoping you are all doing well.
Be sure to do your chores, tasks, and responsibilities for the day. Childrobotics are in order. Grandma feels this is a good time to listen to some southern gospels. I do not know your favorite singers so I will let you get what you want from Youtube to listen to. Mary Joyce who wrote Grandma's Creative Dance book is writing about Responding to the Individual Student in the next chapter of the book. She writes, "Children show us in many ways that they want to relate to us individually, not as part of the group. Respond to this need. As often as you can, challenge an individual child. We are all eager to be treated as single persons, not just members of a class. (Grandma knows this is true with her own children and she is sure it what most children want. Building your child up on her or his values really boosts their confidence and makes them feel they are ok. If each time a parent called a child by her name and made good comments that child might do the world for their parents. An extra thing a parent can do in the dancing is relate it to something that interests the child. Use dance movements to describe the workings of something or an interest.) Following are some ideas of interests children could have and how a parent can tie it to dance:
Reading-For smaller children one may have to keep it very simple to their understanding. Older children can "call out action words (verbs) from a favorite book, such as stinking, turning, growing, falling. Do the same with descriptive words (adverbs) such as roughly, proudly, crazily, merrily." The words can be mixed also.
Collect rhyming words as bright, kite, height, might, fight, light. Make a contest, a game, or a show out of moving of words. Gather descriptions of nouns as fire-shoots out, rages, subsides, crackles, smolders, destroys, ect. Then add the adverbs or "how " words-furiously, uncontollably, swiftly, suddenly, gradually, slowly. Have the children do three-part dances with chosen combinations-fire smolders slowly. Make a dance from a small part of a favorite story.
Sports-Let them discribe a sport they like in dance.
If they like military moves, let them dance those descriptions of the actions.
Let them act out words from other languages or a country they are interested in or a landscape.
Let them dance things to describe various things about a bird or animal they may like.
They could dance things about camping or a hobby as art, trains, cars, knitting, or sewing to describe them.
They could dance to describe a stamp they may like or would like made.
The author writes, "This method of relating subjects to dance is just one way to try to interest the individual child...The more deeply you go into one subject the more meaningful it is to all the children. A once-over-lightly treatment is not satisfying. It is better to do one or two subjects in depth than to attempt to do several superficially." Grandma will give more tomorrow.
Grandma is going to cover Ecclesiastes and Songs of Songs in the Bible today. Ecclesiastes appears to be a Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem.
In viewing Ecclesiastes Faith Alive asks:
"How...does Ecclesiastes show us God's love? One Shepherd gives meaning to life in a sinful, fallen world. That shepherd is God Himself (ecclesiastes 12:11). When Jesus came, he announced that he is the Good Shepherd. He laid down his life so that we could have full, meaningful, and everlasting life (John 10:10-11).
Whom...did God inspire to write this book? Solomon probably wrote Ecclesiastes.
When... was this book written? If Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes, it was written sometime during the tenth century BC. If someone else wrote the book, we do not know when it was written.
What...special messages does this book give us? Ecclesiastes shows that no one can have a happy life without God: God alone gives meaning to life. God is more important than money, pleasure, work, or anything else.
...are some important passages in this book?
Pleasure can't make people happy. Ecclesiastes 2:10-11
Success can't make people happy. Ecclesiastes 2:17-26
Riches can't make people happy. Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:2
Happiness is following God. Ecclesiastes 12:11-14"
Faith Alive writes about "Life in Bible Times-Gardens-Wealthy people planted vegetables, spices and fruit trees in walled gardens. They liked to relax in their gardens. In summertime many slept outdoors in their gardens. You can read about gardens in Ecclesiastes 2:5-6.;
Words to Remember-3:1-There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.:
Life in Bible Times-Hunting-Sometimes men in Bible times hunted animals with bows and arrows. But usually they tried to catch birds and small animals with traps. The first hunter emntioned in the Bible is Nimrod, way back in Genesis 10:9.;
Words to Remember-12:1-Remember your Creator in the days of your youth.;
Let's Live It! Ecclesiastes 12:9-14-An Encouraging Word--"Home, home on the range, Where the deer and the aantelope play, Where seldom is heard a discouraging word..." Well, maybe life is that way on the range. But from Ecclesiastes, life in the real world doesn't sound so great. The whole book sounds like one, big discouraging word...until the end. Here's where the whole book is leading:
-Aiming for all the things this world offers will only let us down.
-Only our Lord brings true happiness. The life he has given us will never disappoint.
Song of Songs is after Ecclesiastes
Faith Alive asks,
"How...does Song of Songs show us God's love? Song of Songs tells of the love between a husband and wife. In a wonderful way, this illustrates the love God has for us. God loves us perfectly, faithfully, and he wants us with him alsways. We want to be with God. The New Testament teaches us that Jesus loves his church that way: Jesus is like the groom; the church is like his bride (Ephesians 5:22-32).
Whom...did God inspire to write this book? Solomon probably wrote this book. In fact, it is often called Song of Solomon.
When...was this book written? If Solomon wrote Song of Songs, it was written sometime during the tenth century BC. If someone else wrote the book, we do not know when it was written.
What... special messages does this book give us? Song of Songs is poetry that's written like a play. In it a man, a woman, and their friends are talking about their love and marriage. When Christian husbands and wives love each other like this, it helps them realize how much Jesus loves them."
Faith Alive states, "Life in Bible Times-Perfume-Women and sometimes men used sweet-smelling perfume. Perfume was made from spices like cinnamon and from crushed flower pettals. These were mixed in oil and kept in delicate stone or glass bottles.;
Life in Bible Times-Beds-Most people in Israel slept on woven mats or animal skins that were thrown on the floor. Some wealthy people slept on real beds. Beds were made of wood or metal and sometimes even had linen sheets and pillows.;
Life in Bible Times-Spices-Spices are herbs that have a pleasant odor, like cinnamon or myrrh. In Bible times some spices were brought to Arabia by boat, and then on to Israel by camel caravan. Spices were used in the sweet-smelling incense burned when people worshiped the Lord.;
Let's Live It!-Song of Songs 8:10-14-Love and Marriage--Are some parts of Song of Songs hard to comprehend--like people describing each other as walls and gazelles and stags? As you grow older, you probably will understand this book better. For now, think about these things:
1. God gives a marvelous gift in marriage! It is an exciting blessing of God to look forward to and wait for. To learn about marriage watch and speak with people who are happily married. Set aside a special time to sit down with your mom and dad or your pastor and his wife and ask them about their marriage.
2. Jesus loves us like a perfect husband would love his wife. Everyone is sinful, so no human loves perfectly. But read about how Jesus loves us in Ephesians 5:21-33. How much was he willing to give up for us? How does that make you feel about him?
Grandma will finish December for tomorrow and start on January Friday along with the time line for the 1800's. Therefore, December 27, 1571 Johannes Kepler, German astronomer, was born. Then in 1822 Louis Psteur, French chemist and pioneer in the field of microbiology, was born. Book 1 says, To tell your children " that the word pasteurization comes from Louis Pasteur, the chemist who invented tis method of preserving milk and other beverages through heat treatment. (However, they are saying this milk is not the best for people, that it is lacking nutrients. Therefore, they have developed organic milk and foods now.) Then play the Name-Drop Game. Write the following names... and challenge" the children "to come up with the terms derived from them: Louis Braille(braille alphabet), Alessandro Volta (volt-unit of electrical potential), James Watt (watt-unit of electrical power), Rudolf diesel (diesel engine), Amelia Bloomer (bloomers), Sylvester Graham (graham crackers). Can the kids think of other people whose names inspired common terms?
In 1904 Ingri D'Aulaire, children's author, was born. Book 1 says, "Ingri D'Aulaire and her husband, Edgar, coauthored many books for children. These included biographies as well as fictional stories with characters based on real-life people. In order to be accurate, the D'Aulaires did extensive research, sometimes traveling great distances to get the information they needed." It wants you to find out if your children could go anywhere to get information for a book project, where would they go? What subject might they want to investigate? There is no events for December 27. This reminds me to make sure any of the older students are making book report. Teens are writing themes when they can and they are all staying involved with the books they read.
There is only one birthday for December 28 and that is of Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of the United States, in 1856. There is also only one event in the 1700's in which Benjamin Franklin first advertised Poor Richard's Almanack.
Then there is plenty of Birthdays for December 29 starting with on in 1766 of Charles Macintosh, inventor of waterproof fabrics. In Rainwear of Book 1 is asks us to ask the children "How animals protect themselves from rain. Promote a little whimsical thinking by having the kids draw rain gear for animals. How about multiple sets of galoshes for a centipede? or an umbrella that a swinging monkey can hold with its teeth? Keep the fashion ideas in a class book, and bring it out on the next rainy day.
In 1808 Andrew Johnson, 17th president of the United States, was born. Then in 1891 John Clyde Hall, founder of the Hallmark card company, was born. Book 1 says to let the children design their own cards. Let them make them for Valentines day, Martin Luther King's Day, birthday's, friendship, relatives, ect. Make them for the whole year.
In 1942 Jan Greenberg, children's author, was born. Molly Bang, children's author, was also born in 1943.
An event of An army chef at Valley Forge concocted "Philadelphia Pepper Pot," a mean that raised the soldiers' morale in 1777.
On December 30 John Milne, British geologist and developer of the first accurate seismograph, was born in 1850 which as Book 1 points out when the earth's surface has plates that sometimes shift in an earthquake, the amount of the quake can be measured with the seismograph.
Then in 1865 Rudyard Kipling, British novelist and short-story writer, was born. Book 1 says, " Rudyard Kipling won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1907. He wrote many books for children, including The Jungle Book(which would be a good book or movie to watch at this time) and Just So Stories. Two famous stories in this latter collection are "How the Leopard Got His Spots" and How the Elephant Got His Trunk."" It wants the children to be able to read these books and create their own tales of how other animals acquired certain characteristics.
In 1867 Simon Guggenheim, American philanthropist, was born. In 1943 Mercer Mayer, children's author and illustrator, was born.
An event of 1731 in which "The first public Concert was held in Boston, Mass. happened. Book 1 says, "The first public concert featured "Music on sundry instruments"What do the children think that means? Write down their guesses, then check the dictionary. What unusual instruments have the kids heard in concerts? How about a cannon (Listen to the 1812 Overture), a kazoo, a steel drum, , astanets, an old-fashioned washboard? What miscellaneious objects could your students use for their own classroom orchestra? Encourage them to recycle things to make unusual-looking and unusual sounding instruments."
On December 31 1491 Jacques Cartier, French explorer. Then in 1869 Henri Matisse, French painter, was born. Book 1 says, "Henri Matisse used oil paints during most of his career. When, late in his life, he became confined to a wheelchair, he found a new way to express himself: with paper and scissors. After his assistants painted large sheets of paper with the bright colors he loved, Matisse cut out shapes and arranged the cutouts on canvas." They suggested having the children draw with scissors. Grandma feels they could use colored posters or colored paper on white paper or paint one or the other and put shapes on a painted paper or plain paper.
Grandma is ending the day and the calendar for December as well as the year 2013 with a not about Ano Viejo(Old Year celebration in Ecuador), they make a figure of the old year--called Ano Viejo--and dress it in an old shirt and pants, and display it in their window. Everyone walks through town admiring everyone else's Ano Viejo. Have the children explore into other countries various celebrations of their new years.
Grandma's resolution is to loose some weight which she doesn't think she is getting anywhere there and try to bring is some money which she is going to try very hard to do.