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Thursday, October 16, 2014

"Weather All Around Us"- Dry/Rain

We started our day once again with Mother Goose Time's Experience God curriculum. I have found that it is easiest to start out at the breakfast table and read the story card to the kids. Our story for today was a little heavy on the drama. The last story card we read was the start of the Esther story. King Xerxes was sad and lonely so he ends up marrying Esther. 

On our story card today Esther is afraid to tell the king she is a Jew. She has to tell the king she is a Jew because Haman is going to kill all the Jews. This is intense stuff for one and three year olds. Experience God had us make a watch to show that Esther knew it wasn't time to tell the king while eating at the feast. She kept waiting until God showed her that it was time. She was brave and let God be in control while she waited.

The kids' watches said "Wait for the Lord, be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord."
 Psalm 27:14
When we were finished making their watches we prayed "Lord, thank you for helping us be brave enough to do whatever you ask. In Jesus name, Amen."

Mason often asks what time it is so he really enjoyed having his watch on. 

The first activity we did in Mother Goose Time's "Weather All Around Us" was U is for Under. I asked Mason what words he knew that started with U. He wasn't too sure. I showed him the picture on the Letter Set of the underwear and he giggled and said "underpants". When he saw the Letter Set with the picture of the umbrella he said "Umbrella starts with U too!" We decided the word under starts with U also. I told him I was going to hide the Letter Set and he was going to have to find them. I kept telling him they were under something. 

 He quickly found all three cards and wanted to play the game over and over again. I started running out of things to put them under. Then we switched roles and he hid them and the little ones and I had to find them. 

The next activity we did ended up just being with the little ones because Mason wanted to play with our bucket of buttons and containers. (Who knew something as simple as a button can be so fun!) 
So the little ones and I worked on the activity called Umbrella Art. We started by talking about how an umbrella can help keep us dry in the rain. I then gave them each a coffee filter provided by Mother Goose Time. I gave them some washable markers and encouraged them to color on their coffee filters.

I then gave them a small cup of water and a eyedropper. I showed them how to drop the water onto their coffee filter. The water made the colors bleed together and make some pretty cool umbrellas.

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