Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A summer of fruit!

Beth Moore said at her last conference - if you want to know if something is good in your life, see what kind of fruit it is producing. This gave me the idea to very intentionally teach the kids about the Fruit of the Spirit. Andrew can list them off but does he know what they mean? I hope to do this one a week (though vacation might make it hard). There are 11 weeks so we should get through the 9 fruits okay.

This is VERY low key! I refuse to get stressed about this and I want it to be fun for all of us. So, if you need to take a week off or just plain skip it then you can. I am not doing them in order so you can always go back to one if you want to. I am going to try to do something every day with the Fruit of the Week too keep it fresh in their minds and to keep impressing it on them. So, a story, a couple crafts, doing something physical and who knows what else - each week I will write down my ideas and you can add to them or just take what works for you. I am not going to do everything I list each week but at least I will hopefully have lots to choose from.

I decided to start with Kindness b/c frankly that is what my kids need right now. They are just not nice to each other both with actions and with words. I am hoping this helps! Plus I thought of some ways to take the crafts and turn them into discipline techniques.

Fruit of the Spirit - KINDNESS - Week 1 - June 13-19
9 Fruits Alive - a book about all the Fruits of the Spirit is a good book for the whole summer!

Colossians 3:12 NIRV (New International Readers Version)
You are God’s chosen people. You are holy and dearly loved. So put on tender mercy and kindness as if they were your clothes.

Luke 6:36-38 NIV
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you.

Bible Story - The Good Samaritan Luke 10:30-37

3Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho. Robbers attacked him. They stripped off his clothes and beat him. Then they went away, leaving him almost dead. A priest happened to be going down that same road. When he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. A Levite also came by. When he saw the man, he passed by on the other side too.
But a Samaritan came to the place where the man was. When he saw the man, he felt sorry for him. He went to him, poured olive oil and wine on his wounds and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey. He took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins. He gave them to the owner of the inn. 'Take care of him,' he said. 'When I return, I will pay you back for any extra expense you may have.'
"Which of the three do you think was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by robbers?"
The authority on the law replied, "The one who felt sorry for him."
Jesus told him, "Go and do as he did."

Not sure what to do with the grapes but sharing them would be a good start.
*Grape coloring pages - - might be fun to cut out circle pictures of family and friends to put on the grapes as a reminder of who we are to be kind too.
*Make cards from prints of grapes - either cut the grapes in half, press in paint and then on paper or put paper on a cookie sheet (one with sides), roll the grapes in paint and then roll on the paper - sounds mess but fun too! I

Kindness Jar - have the kids think about what kindness means and what are kind acts. Write on pieces of paper (maybe even had the kids draw little pictures) and add them to the Kindness Jar. You can easily just use a clean recycled jar or a plastic container. Use whatever you have on hand. Decorate it and add the kindness slips. A good way to think of practical acts of kindness. And, when the kids are not so kind to each other, make them pick a slip out of the jar and be kind instead.

Circle of Kindness - take a paper plate and draw pie pieces on it - draw pictures of those you are to be kind too (like those in your family), attach an arrow cut out of cardboard (use a cut up cereal/cracker box) with a brass fastener. Then just spin the arrow and see which person you can be kind to today. I thought when my child has a bad attitude, I can have him spin the arrow and in turn be kind to someone to try to get rid of the bad attitude.

Write the word KIND in big letters a piece of poster board or opened paper bag - write it so there empty space in the letters (like the outline of the letters). Cut out clothing to put in the letters. (see verse - "as if it were your clothes")

Make a crown - call if their Kindness crown and talk about what we do when we are kind - good along with the kindness jar. And adds in the "as if it were your clothing" part of the verse. See story here -

Make cards or flowers to give to others - here are some links to flowers and cards that I like -
*Flowers from plastic bags -
*Flowers made from circles cut from newspapers -
*Another newspaper flower -
*Flowers from rolled up paper - these can be made with seeds and then be planted but I thought just to make them plain would be easier -
As for cards - painting heart shaped paper dollies with watercolors then attaching to cardstock/construction paper,
* Printed cards - looks fun and easy -
* or just use crayons and office paper for an easy and simple card.

Birdseed Cookies - this looked fun to both be kind to birds and to give to shut-ins from our church -

I would like to take the kids to visit either a few of our shut-ins or bring cards to DeVos Childen's Hospital. (I have a call into DeVos to see if this is okay?) We do not do this enough and I think this is a great opportunity to do it.

Other ideas:
Watch Veggie Tales - Lyle the Kindly Viking (I have it on hold at Allendale Library so let me know if you want to watch it next week!)or Boz Friends and Helpers (we own this one)
Read books about Kindness -
The Giving Tree
How Do Dinosaurs Love Their Dogs - I figure we have to be kind to our dogs too!
Berenstain Bear books - Lend a Helping Hand (works with Goodness too I think), And the Bully, The Golden Rule, Too Much Teasing, Love they Neighbors

SO, let me know if you are joining in on this summer adventure! Right now I have 19 friends on FB joining in. I think this is going to give our summer some purpose and be tons of fun!

1 comment:

  1. What an awesome idea Kristin! Thanks for sharing all your ideas.