Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The girls made simple Valentines on red paper writing things like, "You are appreciated", "You are loved", "Thank you for all you do", "Happy Valentines' Day" etc. They decorated them with fun stamps, and then we drove around to a local store, gas station, cafe and a business, and randomly handed them out! People were so touched and the girls loved it! Several people said it "made their day". After we were done, one girl said, "I love making other people happy!"
My fifteen year old daughter came in and taught the girls how to make friendship bracelets. She knows several techniques. The girls naturally got into, "Oh, I know who I'm giving mine to" etc. When we were done, my daughter had them stand in a circle and pass the bracelets in a circle to music and when the music stopped, they stopped passing and began again when the music started up. At the end, each girl had a friendship bracelet and it became a group friendship rather than one friendship. They also made extras for other girls in their classes at school so no one would feel left out.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
So a few examples of what we've done in recent weeks include Sharing Nature games from Joseph Cornell's book, Sharing Nature With Children, a visualization into the wilderness to connect with one's guardian angel, listening games, making friendship bracelets, dancing, picking fairy cards, singing, sharing how we need support, and making a gratitude collage.
I've been bringing awareness into how we listen to each other, and encouraging the girls to be patient with themselves as it's a wonderful skill, but not always easy. For everyone who finished their collage, they are asked to put it on their altar. If they don't have an altar yet, they are asked to create one at home.