We’ve been busy in the Schott home preparing for Easter and doing some fun activities! This year our main focus has been on Holy Week and the spiritual reasons for the holiday. Sure, we’ve done some Springy things and there has been talk of dyeing eggs this weekend and the Easter Bunny possibly making an appearance and dropping off some Easter Baskets, but our main focus has been Jesus.
It’s not that we’re holier than thou or think it’s wrong for others to do differently. It’s just what we feel lead to make it clear to our children, specifically Tommy, that God sent his son Jesus to earth to die for our sins and rose again that we might enter Heaven with Him. Tommy just turned 5, and we feel it’s time that he learn to grasp this a bit more.
A little back story to lead up to where we are at this year. Last year I bought a set of Resurrection Eggs and a copy of Benjamin’s Box. I thought then that Tommy would be all over it. I had these visions of rays of light coming in through the shutters, the light bulb turning on in Tommy’s head, and him suddenly understanding the concept of everything involving the Crucifixion and Resurrection.
I quickly gave up on it, put it away until this year, and pulled it all out a few days ago. NOW we’re getting somewhere…
Tommy has not only caught on to the story and what all Christ has done for us, but has actually showed such empathy that I did not expect. We’ve had to stop the telling of the story a few times so he could pull himself together and stop crying. Which made me cry. Which meant we sat there holding each other crying, praying, and having a “moment” that I will cherish forever. I can’t imagine how much it will affect him when he’s older and understands more as I kept it all very basic. Thankfully, we have gotten to the point in the eggs that now we will start focusing on the Resurrection more and more the next few days which will make him VERY happy.
As for Molly and Johnny Ben, well… They liked the eggs and listened along, but they had their own agenda. And that was okay…
I’ve listed below some other activities we are doing this week. The printables are all ones we did last year. YAY for laminating! I’ve only had to print a few sheets this year as I saved everything in a file folder and ziploc bag. (Sometimes it pays to be a pack rat…)
Interested in the Ressurection Eggs, Benjamin’s Box book, and other items we’ve used? Below are links to the items we are using on Amazon.
What are you doing this week? Any crafts? Recipes? Stories you’d like to share? Link up anything that is family friendly and Easter related up in the Eggstra Special Easter Blog Hop below!
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Exodus 20:12 NLT
“Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”
Well, as you know by now, I have two beautiful daughters- Naomi who is 4 and Adah who is 2- that are really great kids, but they have their moments where they don’t mind testing my patience. As we were working on our last verse, it crossed my mind that our current verse is a MUST. And before I went on to anything else, Exodus 20:12 had to be this week’s verse.
I was worried about it being a challenge for my girls. Not because of the verse itself, but because of the length. They have been doing great, but this one was a tad longer than they’re used to. I went with the NLT version to make it a little bit more kid friendly. With Adah being younger, I only taught her the first sentence. She did very good remembering it….except that any time I ask her to say it for someone she says, “Honor jour (‘J’s instead of ‘Y’s) mother and jour wife.” I think maybe that’s the version that belongs in the Husband’s Bible. 🙂
For Naomi, I taught her all of it and she did excellent, considering it’s length. She learned most of it and can say almost all of it correctly. I just have to remind her of maybe the first word in the last two sentences and she remembers it. I taught them that honoring their father and mother meant loving, obeying, listening, being good and being respectful. They learned that by doing all of that they not only make Mommy and Daddy happy, but also make Jesus happy.
As the week went on, if Adah was doing something she wasn’t supposed to be doing, Naomi would say, “Mommy! She’s not honoring!” I found this amusing and used it to my advantage. They wanted to honor, and I urged them to follow the commandment God gave to them (and the rest of us).
We didn’t have a big craft this week, but I made them a coloring sheet with the scripture printed on it and a picture of a family. They enjoyed coloring and were excited that they learned another verse. At the end of each week, I always hear, “What’s our next verse, Mommy?” I am so proud of them for how well they’re doing.
Don’t forget to check in next week…we’re learning about praise!
“Your word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin against You.”
Last week we learned that the Bible is God’s word. We also learned that His word is the perfect guide for the rest of our lives.
This week, we learned more about how God’s word is helpful for us. First, I taught the kids what ‘sin’ is…remember, my girls are 4 and 2….I try to simplify things. 🙂 I told them that to sin is to do something bad or to do something you know you are not supposed to do. I also let them know that God doesn’t like for us to sin. Then I taught them that learning His word is very important because it helps us not to sin. They learned that God wants us to read the Bible and remember His word, that’s how we hide it in our hearts, so that it’s always in us. When we have His word in us, we are better people and we don’t want to sin.
Ironically, if you take the song I posted last week, you can fit this week’s scripture into the chorus and sing it instead of Psalm 119:105. The kids found this humorous when we tried it. They were almost in awe. I love seeing them smile at my quirky ideas.
For our craft this week, I gave each kid a page with two matching hearts on it. I let them color the hearts however they wanted before we cut them out. After we cut the hearts out, we glued them together (only along the side and bottom edges) creating a pocket. When the pocket was ready, I had an “open Bible” cut out for them to write the scripture on so they could keep it inside their heart. At the last minute, I grabbed some ribbon and decided to make them into necklaces. You just never know how it’ll go for craft time! Or maybe I just never know. Lol!
Once again, I was amazed at how the kids transformed themselves for crafts. They went from fighting and bickering to the very best friends you’ve ever seen! “Yes, you did a great job coloring your hearts. We’re all doing so good!” It was almost as if they were reading from a script. I’m thinking about making craft time every hour on the hour???
I can only pray each week goes as well as the last two weeks. I’ve been enjoying it as much as the kids have (maybe more) and am surprised at how it’s encouraging me to hide the word in my own heart as well.
“Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
I chose this verse to start off our first week because I wanted my girls to know that as long as they had God’s word, they would never be in darkness. I explained to them that the Bible is full of God’s words to us and He wants us to learn them and memorize them. If we have His word in us, it will be the perfect light and guide to our every step and move.
As I was teaching them, I remembered a song from my childhood that had this particular scripture as it’s chorus. I taught them how to sing it and now they want to sing it at church, so we’re going to work on that. 🙂 I’ve always found that songs are helpful when it comes to remembering things, especially verses.
Both of my girls absolutely could not wait for us to do a craft to go with our verse, so we finally got to it on Saturday night. I was at my sister’s with my 2 and her 4 while her and her husband went on a much-deserved date. When I enlisted Josie (Karen’s oldest, 12) to help with taking pictures and spreading newspaper all over the floor, her and Karen’s other 3 kids decided they wanted to do the craft, too. My thoughts? Sure! The more the merrier! It was so much fun! We turned the tv off and huddled in the family room floor. I loved hearing each kid giggle as I painted their feet yellow! After they made their footprints, each kid got to decorate their page. They were so excited and really got into it. They all took their papers to the kitchen table and began the decorating process (tv still off!). It was a blessing to me to see them all involved in such a positive manner and only hearing the joyful noise of their laughter and creativity, not the annoyingness (is that a word?) of whatever happened to be on Disney channel or the kids fighting over who did what. I enjoyed it so much that I can’t wait til our next verse and next craft (Josie informed me they wanted to be involved in them all, which made me smile).
So verse 1, simple and sweet. Even sweeter, though, to hear Naomi (4) and Adah (2) quote them. I think I’m really going to love this journey, but not as much as my kids, nieces, and nephews. 😀
The first scripture I ever taught my daughters was purely by accident, however, I am not complaining. Let me give you a little background.
Every morning when I wake up I quote Psalm 118:24,
“This is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.”
I declare that I’m going to enjoy the day. Well, as the day goes on and I battle my own flesh, I have to remind myself of this scripture (usually more times than I can count).
One day, Markus, my husband, was supposed to come straight home from work to watch the girls for me cause I had to go lead a devotion (which just so happened to be about quoting this scripture everyday and rejoicing in the day no matter what) for a group of girls at church camp. Long story short, Markus was running WAY behind and was not going to make it in time (although he had been given plenty of notice). This made me very irritated and after a few minutes of indulging in my anger, I realized that God was using the situation to make a point. He wanted to make sure I would live what I was about to preach, so through gritted teeth I said to myself, “This is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it!!”
Later that day, I was telling that story to some friends and Naomi (4) was with me. Therefore she heard about the devotion after actually hearing the devotion (because Markus was late and not able to watch them). 😉 The next week, Markus ran into Walmart while the girls and I were sitting in the truck. Adah was crying because she wanted to go inside instead of sit in the truck, so to keep my sanity, I decided to cry, too (pretending, of course). Naomi stopped me and matter of factly said, “Mommy! Remember, THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE! REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT!” I couldn’t help but smile because that is exactly the kind of thing I want to impart into my children – not my irritation because Daddy wasn’t home in time.
That all took place back in the summer. Last week, I was watching my 2-yr-old, Adah, as she was playing and talking to herself (she didn’t know Mommy was watching). All of a sudden she says to herself, “Lord has made in it, rejoice, be glad in it.” So not exactly the right quotation, but way too cute to matter! These are the moments I live for as a parent. I realized that both of my girls really pay attention and actually learned from me. And what they learned was something of worth…a small but mighty important bit of the WORD OF GOD. Nothing they learn anywhere or throughout their lives will ever compare to learning the word of God or to how knowing the word will give them an advantage that is much needed in our day to day living.
I decided that if they could learn that verse without me trying to teach it to them, then they should surely grow in the word if I begin to do weekly memory verses with them (which is something I should have and wish I would have started a long time ago). So get ready because we’re starting our adventure and you’re going to get to be a part of it! I’m starting a new weekly series that will follow our journey learning the word of God, including crafts, songs and much more. Hope you enjoy and maybe even learn some scriptures, as well.
Oh yeah! Don’t forget- THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE! 😀
But what about those of us that do?
Do you gather your children around the kitchen table, break out the glue gun, and let the kids go crazy with the tempera? I do… sometimes… wish I did more. (Here is where I do my shameless plug for my Pinterest account. Check it out via the link on our home page. Lots of awesome ideas on that site for inspiration!)
Try it: Incorporate a verse, prayer, or song into your craft! Your children will learn more about The Lord and you’ll be able whisper a prayer under your breath. (Hopefully for something other than not getting red paint on your white walls…)