Tuesday, August 18, 2009

where the rubber meets the road...

I've read recently it stated in relationship to child-rearing that you aren't raising a 'child' but raising an adult. One who you would hope to be a decent citizen of this world in which we live. And so your 'rearing' should bear that in mind as you teach and discipline and so forth. I agree with that. But for us, more importantly is the fact that we are raising a citizen of Heaven. And so my job is to 'keep my mind set on the things above where Christ is' {colossians 3:2} and while that is very easy to type in a blog post, the daily living and teaching of that is where the rubber meets the road. Or where my child meets with Jesus. So I'm on a quest to make that a little easier for her and me. She has to learn her shapes. She has to learn numbers. colors. animals. letters. and so on. and so on.

So...we're starting with shapes at our house. What they are AND how the Bible includes them as well. I made some flashcards and decided to document the steps for you as well. Don't get overwhelmed by this task. It's simple. Get overwhelmed by the fact that you have to 'rightly handle the Word of Truth' {2 Timothy 2:15} to your child...but not this craft :)

Step 1: Get some 8.5" x 11" cardstock

Step 2: Cut to 4"x6" pieces

Step 3: Open microsoft word and change the paper size to 4"x6". Then center your cursor and create the shape using the 'autoshapes' option at the bottom of screen. Create your shape. Type the shape's name. Then find a scripture that relates to the shape.
*if you need help with this step, contact me. i'll be happy to help*

Step 4: Print the items on the 4"x6" pieces

Step 5: Buy some coordinating scrapbook paper to layer the flashcards on. Then cut the patterned paper to a 5"x7" size.

Step 7: Layer the two pieces with double-sided tape to prevent slipping when laminating.

Step 8: Don't throw away the scraps. We'll use those later :)

Step 9: Take the flashcards to Kinkos {or any print shop} and have them laminate the pieces. Then simply cut them out leaving a 1/4 inch border around the flashcard.

Step 10: Use them. Use them often. Let little hands find them easily. Make several sets if you will that they may be found everywhere.

There are endless ways to impart of the Word of God to our children. And while this is one way that I have chosen, yours may be different and that is okay. However, the charge to you is the same if you are follower of Christ...

Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that's in you, love him with all you've got! Write these commandments that I've given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night.
Deuteronomy 6:5-8 {The Message}

So get busy. Here's to lots of little 'Heavenly Citizens' running around this ole' world....


Gary and Summer said...

What a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing. Keep the ideas coming because you are right, its tough where the rubber meets the road.

Deena said...

Love this idea!

Jeff, Les and Max said...

This is a great idea. So creative! :)

Emily said...

I love this idea and plan to make some for my niece. Did you think of this?

Emily said...

Hey, Heather:

Quick question. Do you have anything on the back of your cards or are they left blank? I'm trying to decide how to finish up these I'm working on for my niece, Josie.

Thank you!