Five Activities for Strengthening Fine Motor Muscles

Five Activities for Strengthening Fine Motor Muscles

by Carolyn j Morris

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Strengthening fine motor muscles helps a child succeed more easily with activities involving small muscles – specifically the hands. These five motor activities help enhance the development of the hand muscles with strength, coordination, and specific movement; subsequently enabling functions such as holding a pencil, writing, grasping objects, and manipulating objects. Most of these items you will find around the house. It doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive to increase success! You can take these activities anywhere, from the front porch to the car. My favourite is #5!

  1. Clothes Pin and Cotton Ball Scatter
    You need: clothes pins, cotton balls, tray, egg carton
    Activity: Scatter cotton balls on a tray. Using the clothes pins, pick up the cotton balls, and place into the egg cartons. Try alternating from one hand to the other. It’s that easy!
  2. Button Sorting
    You need: an assortment of buttons, muffin tin (it makes a nice ‘plink’ sound)
    Activity: Picking up buttons and sorting into colours, sizes, and number of holes. It’s fun to make up stories about where each button has traveled…perhaps a potato farm, a strawberry patch, or a rodeo!
  3. Board Games
    You need: your old board games
    Activity: Moving the men around the board and rolling the dice. This activity gives a child so much more… counting, taking turns, and learning to be joyful with a second or third place finish!
  4. Cutting
    You need: children’s scissors, grocery store flyers, old wallpaper books, or an old phone book
    Activity: Cut foods from flyer and sort into five food groups (milk and dairy, vegetable and fruit, grain products, meat and alternatives, and lastly the “sometimes a treat” group). Use the wallpaper to draw thick, straight, curvy, and eventually zigzag lines on the back side for cutting. Use the phone book and cut the pages into strips.
  5. Nuts and Bolts… my favourite! Great activity while reading aloud or sitting in a restaurant.
    You need: an assortment of (large, small, and eventually tiny) nuts, washers, and bolts, metal cookie tin
    Activity: Place washers onto bolt and screw on appropriate nut. Start with a few nuts and bolts and gradually add more and more.

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Carolyn’s country roots began on the farm. She is a faithful member of her church and lives with her family in Beeton. Carolyn has taught in both Toronto and the rural communities for 30 years. Carolyn j Morris’ books show respect for rural living, farm life, and family values.

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How to Have Time Alone with God

How to Have Time Alone with God

by Janis Cox

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I used to wake up to an alarm and then I “ran” for the rest of the day. I took no time to talk to God except when I needed Him.

Result: I burned out. That’s it. Simple enough.

We need God in our lives. We need a time to re-energize from our Source of Life. How can we do this with our hectic lives? My solution was to ask God to wake me up earlier if He wanted me up. And He did.

“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace (Matthew 6:6, The Message).

He woke me at 6:00 am which was over one hour before I would have to get up. I took that time to read my Bible, read a devotional and pray. I also started to journal.

I re-energized.

God continues to do this day after day, month after month and year after year.

This may not be a solution for you but I know if you ask God He will give you the way He knows is best for you so you too can be in regular communication with Him.

How do you take time with God?

Prayer:

Lord, help us to find the time, short or long, to communicate with You. Show us and lead us so we can re-energize each day. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

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Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. A writer since 2003, Janis co-ordinates a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters.

Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. For more information visit Janis on her website He Cares for You. She is a member of The Word Guild and Inscribe Writers Fellowship.

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How to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

How to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

by Carolyn j Morris

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Preparing your child for Kindergarten actually begins shortly after birth! We often need to prepare ourselves as much as our child. After all, we’ve spent months, approximately forty-eight months, with our child and we know them better than anyone. We know their wants and needs and what makes them happy…and we all want a happy child!

But for Kindergarten, we want a well-rounded and capable child, right? That’s huge, but what does that actually mean? It means equipping your child to be motivated to continue to grow emotionally, mentally, physically, socially, and spiritually.

Here are my observations and tips garnered through my experience as a parent and teacher.

Emotionally: We know there are disappointments in life! Letting your child always win at board games because they feel sad when they lose isn’t helpful. It’s tough, but it can get easier if we work through a difficult situation and realize that we’re okay.

Sometimes, love is just a quiet, comforting hug!

Mentally: Telling your child the answers or fixing the problem doesn’t allow for problem-solving skills. However, asking relevant questions or sharing a similar problem may in turn help your child work through their own solution (perhaps even fail) and build confidence in drawing from different learning styles.

Sometimes, love is just listening to your child’s strategy!

Physically: Tying your child’s shoes because it’s simply faster isn’t helpful. Allowing an extra ten minutes before leaving the house can help a child develop self-help skills. At the same time, friends and/or siblings who are faster are hopefully learning patience and self-control.

Sometimes, love is waiting patiently.

Socially: Some children find it more difficult to share, wait their turn, listen to others, take direction, or accept consequences. Keep listening to their needs and talk with your children once they are calm. Try role-playing play situations.

Sometimes, love is just being available!

Spiritually: Share God’s faithfulness. Proverbs 22:6, (NIRV) “Train a child in the way he should go. When he is old, he will not turn away from it.”

Sometimes, love is just teaching by example!

As we prepare for Kindergarten and strive to become more aware of individuals around us, more accepting of others, more willing to accept direction from others, to stumble, fall and get back up, we may find ourselves with a happier disposition. All the while, our children are watching.

Are you ready for your child’s first day of Kindergarten?

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Carolyn’s country roots began on the farm. She is a faithful member of her church and lives with her family in Beeton. Carolyn has taught in both Toronto and the rural communities for 30 years. Carolyn j Morris’ books show respect for rural living, farm life, and family values.

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An Interview with Kimberley Payne about fitness as an act of worship

An Interview with Kimberley Payne about Fitness as an Act of Worship

An interview with Kimberley Payne about physical fitness as an act of worship. Created for Alliance Alive – Stories for Life DVD – Spring 2011 by The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada.

Did you like this interview? Join Kimberley’s 60-day Spiritual and Physical Health Challenge for more of the same.

The Challenge is loaded with fit tips, expert interviews, and instructional videos to keep you spiritually and physically healthy. You’ll receive worksheets, checklists and fitness logs.

You’ll be invited to join a private Facebook Group where you’ll be able to share your questions, struggles, and triumphs with other woman.

You’ll have opportunity to join a new Yahoo Prayer Group to pray for each other regarding spiritual and physical matters.

You’ll be invited to attend regular Google+ Hangouts to have your questions answered and view exercise moves demonstrated “in person”.

You’ll be accountable to yourself and to others through weekly Team Challenges.

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Favourite Websites by Brenda Wood

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by Brenda Wood

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I’ve just signed on to some great sewing sites. Every few days they’ll send me some new ideas on what to do with all my fabric. One I particularly like is Sewing with Nancy.

What are your hobbies? Do they resonate through your computer? Do you get cooking ideas, automobile fix-its or writing blogs? I like The Word Guild and Inscribe.

What about faith blogs? What are your favourites or do you have any? I appreciate 100 Words and I write one myself at Heart Felt Devotionals.

Different sites will send you devotionals, motivational material, and even help you read through the Bible in a year. Some of my favourites include Every Day Christian and PresbyCan Daily Devotional.

And what about search engines like Biblegateway? Read whatever version or language of the Scripture your little heart desires.

The computer is a great tool. Why not use it to its full advantage to find Jesus? Yes He is there too!

Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13, AMP)

Prayer – Lord God, thank You that we can find you in the most unexpected places. Amen

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Rearranging Family Dynamics by Ruth Smith Meyer

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Hands together by Vera Kratochvil

Rearranging Family Dynamics

by Ruth Smith Meyer

You’d wonder how one tiny human being could so drastically upset the status quo of the members of a family. However, when a new baby joins the mix, there are many adjustments. For the parents, there are night feedings and stricter day-time schedules. The family’s schedule rotates around the needs of the newborn. Our older children were almost 9, 8 and 5 when their youngest sibling was born.

Our son at almost ten, in the months of my pregnancy, could only be enthused about another sibling if it would mean a brother to join the male part of the family. When it turned out to be another sister, he was more than a little dismayed. It took some intent and empathetic listening to his feelings and gentle reminders of what a hero a big brother could be to a little sister before he took up the challenge to be a special person in this little one’s life. Then he took it very seriously. They still have a good relationship and he’s often the one to whom she turns if she needs some serious advice.

Our eight year-old daughter, ever the patient peace-maker and good-natured care-giver, seemed to have the least trouble adjusting to helping to look after a little sister. She willingly stepped in and assumed that role with grace and dedication.

Our five year-old had just two and a half months of kindergarten behind her. She always had been our little sleeper who needed at least twelve hours slumber. So because our bus picked our children up at quarter to eight and didn’t come back until four-thirty, we took her by car, closer to nine because the days got just too long. She enjoyed school, but was still adjusting to that change in her life.

A few days after baby and I came home from the hospital, I could see she was frustrated and upset. Since I needed a few items from town, I asked if she would like to drive along with me. She jumped at the chance to have me to herself. On the way to town, I commented, “It seems you are having a hard time right now. Do you want to tell me how you are feeling?”

“Oh Mom!” she burst into tears. “I know I’m a big sister now. But it doesn’t feel good, because I’m too big to be little, but I think I’m too little to be big!”

What an astute observance for a five year old! I hastened to reassure her. “Oh Beth, you don’t have to be big until you are ready for it. Sometimes you will want to be a big sister to the baby, but sometimes you’ll want to still be our little girl, and that is alright. Daddy and I will still want you to be our little girl sometimes—to hold you in our arms and get your hugs, to tuck you into bed and kiss you good-night or to bring you along to town as I am now, just so we can have some time along.”

“Really?” she asked, wiping her eyes.

“Really!” I promised.

With a big sigh, she finished wiping her eyes and started chatting about something else.

As adults, when we are faced with new situations or a change to a new stage of life, we are much like that, too. We’re not always ready to jump into our new situations without a fond look back and perhaps a little uncertainty about our future.

How good to know that we have the assurance that our God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, and we can go forward with our hands in his.

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Where Fitness Meets Faith reading by Kimberley Payne

Where Fitness Meets Faith reading by Kimberley Payne

Kimberley Payne reads from her health and fitness devotional. Where Fitness Meets Faith is a fresh, insightful collection of 16 devotional articles with reflections about the similarities between the challenges of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and building a relationship with God.

Did you like this reading? Join Kimberley’s 60-day Spiritual and Physical Health Challenge for more of the same.

The Challenge is loaded with fit tips, expert interviews, and instructional videos to keep you spiritually and physically healthy. You’ll receive worksheets, checklists and fitness logs.

You’ll be invited to join a private Facebook Group where you’ll be able to share your questions, struggles, and triumphs with other woman.

You’ll have opportunity to join a new Yahoo Prayer Group to pray for each other regarding spiritual and physical matters.

You’ll be invited to attend regular Google+ Hangouts to have your questions answered and view exercise moves demonstrated “in person”.

You’ll be accountable to yourself and to others through weekly Team Challenges.

Reserve your seat today!

 

 

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