Friday, December 31, 2010

Gearing Up for a New Year!

Mr. Man and I have spent some time switching gears for this upcoming season of learning at our house! The focus for this year, is going to be as follows:

Character Building

Operational Definitions of Character Qualities (from the Duggar Family)
We will also use the Book of Mormon, to supplement additional ideas about each quality.

20 Strategies to Help Your Children Develop Good Character taken from Dr. Helen LeGette's book, Parents, Kids & Character: Twenty-One Strategies to Help Your Children Develop Good Character. (Redundant, I know. LOL) :0) I had a copy of this handout, saved from somewhere and it really has a lot of great information!

Methods of Teaching Character

Ideas to help teach specific character traits. For example:

Find Heroes and Heroines who exhibited this trait.
Find stories which demonstrate this trait, or it's lack.
Tell a story about this trait.
Study historical people who showed this trait.

The other part of our focus for the year will be PEACE.

We have a copy of The Duggar House Guidelines
Which we've re-titled to our Family Guidelines for Peace.

We will still continue our Storied Scriptures study. We are doing a lapbook for each section. Currently, we are studying The Book of Mormon.

There are three articles that I have found, which will help us this year! They are:

1. Good, Better, Best by Elder Dallin H. Oaks
2. The Power of Free Play by Lenore Skenazy
3. Old Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills by Alix Spiegel

One other thing we will focus on for the year, is Family Home Evening. (Having actual PLANNED lessons, every Monday evening!)

My personal studies right now, include The Doctrine and Covenants and the book entitled A Quiet Heart by Patricia T. Holland. (This is a WONDERFUL book! I was inspired to buy it one day when we were at Deseret Industries while on Christmas vacation.) I have been waking up at least a half hour early (still working up to that hour early), to spend time for scripture study and prayer. This helps me get off on the right foot, for the day!

I am making some type of board to go on the wall, which will be the hub of these things that we want to focus on for the year! I'll let ya' know how this turns out! :0)

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