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Scripture Memory

 

Psalm 119:11

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

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It has always been important to us for our children to memorise scripture and praise the Lord we have found an easy, effective way to do this with even our little ones!  Our kids are ages 7 and under and so far this year they have already memorised 5 verses.  Even Jo Anna who is three is able to remember them when we call out the reference. I can’t take the credit for this one! I found this scripture memory system at Simply Charlotte Mason.  You can watch the How To video there or just follow the directions below.

By spending just five or ten minutes a day, you and your children can learn and retain hundreds of verses. We like to start off a new verse by creating the motions for it together.  Making motions for the words helps our little ones memorise the verse quicker.  If they stumble on a word, we can just show them the motion and they instantly remember the words that go with it.  We have to chosen to do our scripture memory before bed during our Family Bible Time, but you can just as easily include this system in any homeschool program.  We don’t assign a certain amount of time with each verse, we just move on after each child can say the verse by themselves for the family. Don’t worry about how many days it takes for everyone to memorize the selected verse or passage. Scripture memory is not a race, it’s a lifelong habit. We really like this method, because as you are learning a new verse, you are reviewing several along the way.

Step One: Get an index card box and forty-one tabbed dividers that fit inside it. It doesn’t matter if the dividers have letters on them; you can flip them over and use the other side for labeling. We paid a little more for our box because we wanted a sturdy one.  We also liked the fact that it looked like a treasure box!  We also picked brightly colored dividers.

Step Two: Label the dividers as follows and place them in the box in this order:

  • 1 divider — Daily
  • 1 divider — Odd
  • 1 divider — Even
  • 7 dividers — Days of the Week (Sunday, Monday, etc.)
  • 31 dividers — Numbered 1-31

Step Three: Copy onto index cards (or slips of paper) any verses your family already knows. Record both the reference and the text of the passage. If you don’t know any yet, don’t worry — you will very soon. Place the verses you already know behind the numbered dividers, distributing them evenly.

Next write cards or papers for verses you want to memorize. Put one verse card or paper behind the Daily divider; this will be the passage you’ll work on memorizing first. Then stack the rest of the verses to be learned in front of the Daily divider to learn at a later time. At the beginning, you won’t have any verses in the Odd and Even or Days of the Week slots. Don’t worry, they’ll fill in; see the next two steps.

Step Four: Each day you will say together the verses behind four dividers:

  • Daily
  • Odd or Even
  • Day of the Week
  • Date of the Month

So if today is Tuesday, the 3rd, you will say the verses behind Daily, Odd (because 3 is an odd number), Tuesday, and 3. The next day (Wednesday, the 4th), you will say the verses behind Daily, Even, Wednesday, and 4. Keep in mind that only the verse behind Daily is a new one that you are memorizing; all the others are just review.

Step Five: As you master the verses behind the Daily divider, advance that card and move the replaced verses farther back in the box. So when you have memorized a Daily, move it behind either the Odd or Even divider. Move the verse that was in that Odd or Even slot back to a Day of the Week slot. And move the verse it replaces in the Day of the Week slot back behind a numbered divider. You can then put a new verse or passage to memorize behind the Daily divider and you’re ready to go again.

In this way, you will review a new verse every day, then graduate to every other day, once a week, and finally, once a month. Use the system every day of the month and you will review all the verses you know every month of the year! Of course, not all months have thirty-one days; the verses behind 31 will be reviewed seven months out of the year. We recommend putting verses that you know quite well behind that number since it gets reviewed less frequently.

When you have advanced enough verse cards that you have one placed behind each numbered divider, start at 1 again and add another card to each. Soon you’ll have several cards behind each numbered divider. And eventually, you’ll have memorized so many verses that you’ll have enough cards to expand to two boxes! What a wonderful milestone that will be!

Pretty Rose Hair Clip / Pin

This is a super easy project for a finished Pretty Rose Hair clip / pin.  You may want to also check out the Scrappy Rose version.  It definitely dressed up anything you wear and is a feminine touch to your old jean jacket.  Add it to a crochet hat for winter or sew it to your scarf.  Or add a clip and your little girls can use them in their hair!

SUPPLIES:

  • Strip of fabric 2 1/2 inches by 44 inches ( I used the strips that came in a jelly roll, you can also use a wide ribbin.  Satin wouls be lovely)
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Fabric Glue
  • Felt (to match your fabric choice)
  • Hot Glue and clips or pins

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Fold your fabric in half legnthwise (pretty side out) and sew a gathering stitch right down rough edge of the fabric strip and gather your fabric. (To look more like a rose, barely gather your fabric, to look more like a mum, gather your fabric alot.) Be sure to leave your needle attached and a tail of string at the other end.
  2. Start rolling up your strip at the end without the needle.
  3. After you have rolled up your whole strip stick your needle all the way through all the layers to the other side and pull through. Do this a few times to bind your rose together.
  4. Then Tie your two ends of string in a knot and cut your thread.
  5. Flip it over and spread out your petals.
  6. Cut a small piece of felt and glue it to the back side.
  7. After this glue drys you can hot glue on your pin or clip.

     

      There it is! Have fun experimenting with different types of fabric and ribbon. Embellish these with felt leaves, beads, rhinestones or feathers. You can use these anywhere, put them in a vase, sew them to a dress, sew them on a scarf…the ideas are limitless.

Be sure and check out the Scrappy Rose too!

 

Scrappy Rose Hair Clip / Pin

These rose pins / hair clips are so easy to make!  You can use a sewing machine if you like, but they can be hand stitched and finished in less than 10 min.  By attaching a clip and a pin to the back these can be very versatile.  You can wear it on your coat and your little girls can wear them in their hair!

 

Jo Anna and her pretty pink rose. Pink is her favorite color!

 

 

 

 Clara Abigail in her Blue and Green double bow.  I clipped them on a stretchy headband.

 

 

 

SUPPLIES:

  • Strip of fabric 2 1/2 inches by 44 inches ( I used the strips that came in a jelly roll)
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Fabric Glue
  • Felt (to match your fabric choice)
  • Hot Glue and clips or pins

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Sew a gathering stitch right down the middle of your fabric strip and gather your fabric.  Be sure to leave your needle attached and a tail of string at the other end.
  2. Fold strip on the line that you sewed.  You might want to give it a press with your iron, it makes it a little easier!
  3. Start rolling up your strip at the end without the needle.
  4. After you have rolled up your whole strip stick your needle all the way through all the layers to the other side and pull through.  Do this a few times to bind your rose together.
  5. Then Tie your two ends of string in a knot and cut your thread.
  6. Flip it over and spread out your petals.
  7. Cut a small piece of felt and glue it to the back side.
  8. After this glue drys you can hot glue on your pin or clip.

     

        There it is!  Have fun experimenting with different types of fabric and ribbon.  Embellish these with felt leaves, beads, rhinestones or feathers.  You can use these anywhere, put them in a vase, sew them to a dress, sew them on a scarf…the ideas are limitless.

For a more finished looking rose try out the Pretty Rose tutorial.

Bird Egg Jewelry

Psalm 127:3
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

How Many Eggs Are In Your Nest?

Children are a blessing from God and they should be celebrated!  I love showing off my kids and they are usually with me, but when they are away I love carrying them with me in the jewelry I wear.  I have a necklace that Don and the kids got me for mothers day this year with all of their names in it.  When people notice it I tell them that all those names are my kids.  What usually follows is  “ALL THOSE ARE YOURS?!?” and I follow with “Yes, and they are a blessing!”

I recently saw a piece of jewelry with little Robin eggs and I wanted to recreate it myself.  It is easy to make and could be worn on a chain or attached to a pin back or even a safety pin (for wearing on a coat or sweater) Each little egg represents one of your little ones.  When people ask about it you can tell them what a blessing your children are too!

Supplies:

  • Enough Blue or Turquoise beads to represent your children
  • Wire – any will do but I used 20 gauge silver plated (copper would look great with turquoise too)
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Chain, pin back or large safety pin

Directions:

Coil wire around an object 15 to 20 times. (A marker is a good size for 3 to 4 eggs and a broom handle is good for 5 to 7 eggs and a baby oil lid is good for 8 and up)

Take another wire approx. 8 inches lona and loop it round and round your coil about 5 times.

Then string on your number of eggs and loop the wire to the underside of the nest.

Zig – Zag back and forth through the bottom of your nest to make the bottom of your nest.

Finish off the wire by taking your pliers and giving the end a little curl.

Flip you nest over and adjust your eggs so they are all tucked in and rough up the nest with your pliers by pulling out some of the coils a little and wiving the wire a few kinks.

Last you can add a beaded chain, pin back or just a safety pin.  I just safety pinned mine to my blue-jean coat from the back side!

 

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