Let the copying begin…

It didn’t take long for me to realize that I had not properly prepared my son for copying straight out of a small-print Bible…oops. He brought me yesterday’s copied verse (which was slightly overseen by Daddy mostly) and let’s just say I wasn’t all that impressed :). I have had him copy before, and we’ve worked on it, I just didn’t give enough thought to the fact that this Bible has smaller print and that’s tough for him to manage.

So today we got busy together, and I figured out a few ways to help him out. First I got out one of my recipe book/picture frame holders and stood the Bible up in it for him, so he could glance upwards instead of down at the table.I then got out a mini-sticky note and helped him put it under the verse he was working on. We also added a colored tab with an arrow that he could move if he felt lost, showing him what word he was on. He did this for a few words and then didn’t even need to move it. Our word today was “truth” so I added the truth page to his notebook, along with the Love page from yesterday. So far he has copied one verse per day but he has lofty goals of trying to do 2 or more per day…we’ll see. He is excited to earn money to show love and is pretty sure he wants to send the money to our sponsored child in Rwanda, Albert. To help him reach his goal, I made him this chart to color in as he completes verses, I think the visual will help keep him motivated. If you’d like to use this, I added it to the page in PDF form to download here, it’s in the original pdf link, I just added it at the end (a blank one and this one we’re using).
Ours is in $1.00 increments, as Pac-Man is earning 50 cents per verse, and I am trying to encourage him to do 2 verses per day, to reach his personal goal of $20-40. Hopefully we’ll be able to color in one space per day!

** Here’s my first post about this, in case you missed it!

i heart faces ~ Week 4 Eyes…

I didn’t have a recent shot I really loved showcasing this week’s theme…EYES-until today! It was snowing here and the boys went outside for just a minute. As always, I had my camera. Pac-Man’s face was all hidden behind his coat hood, leaving just his smiling eyes peeking out for me to see!

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(tech info: f 4.5/320, Canon 40D, Canon 28-105mm lens, ISO 1600)

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LOVE is in the air!

Over at Totally Tots, the Bible Bites theme for tots is LOVE this month. Since I have a tot and an older child, I wanted to tie the theme in for Pac-Man too. You can read Laura’s great ideas for tots here, and here’s how I am adding to our month for Pac-Man…

Each day when one of the boys pulls out the heart for the day, we will do the tot activities Laura suggests and try to use the word over and over again all day to teach it to Krash.

For Pac-Man I have created a notebook with blank writing paper in it and sheet protectors to hold each special page, they look like this… Throughout the day, Pac-Man will have an opportunity to look up Bible verses related to the word of the day to fill up his LOVE notebook. I did not include all of the words, only leaving out a few-on those days he can go back to the LOVE page (I listed many verses for the word love-see above image), or to any other word he hasn’t completed all of the verses for.

At the end of the month Daddy and I are going to give him a set amount(probably 25-50 cents) per Bible verse he has copied. He must use the money earned to show LOVE to someone else. He can buy them something, give the money to the church, give the money to our sponsored child, or any way he can think of to use the money to spread love around! I told him this morning that he would become rich by filling his heart with God’s word and he will bless someone else’s life by using the money he earns to show LOVE.

I made a page for each word I chose, with a list of Bible verses for him to choose from. You can see them here in PDF form if you’re interested. I realize there are many more verses under each category, I tried to choose the ones I felt would apply to his age and comprehension the best. He will be using his NIrV Adventure Bible for Young Readers to look them up. I am going to allow him to go back on some of the days, since there are more days than words, so we won’t be *paying him* until the end of February. Daddy and I might even surprise him with a gift of love at the end, depending on his attitude-but we’re not telling him that so his attitude will be genuine!

I will get some action shots of him working on his notebook throughout the month and certainly do a follow-up post to let you know how it’s going!