The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than in things.
~ Thomas S. Monson
Last night I went to a wonderful Christmas Concert at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, at which the Sesame Street Muppets and Santino Fontana performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square. An audience of 21,000 people, including children ages 5 and up, were enchanted with the delightful and magnificent performance.
I was especially intrigued watching the little children, including my 7-year-old grandson, as they witnessed this magical performance. What a wonderful experience…to not only enjoy the fun of the Muppets and the wonderful dancers, the lights and decorations and special effects, but also to have a chance to listen to a full symphony orchestra and exceptional choir perform.
These are the kinds of experiences that help mold children…experiences they never ever forget.
I’ve run across some websites lately the share lists of creative gifts you can give children. Instead of toys, consider giving such things as magic markers, colored paper, scrapbook scissors, glitter glue, craft foam…things that can be used to create a myriad of artistic masterpieces. Other ideas for creative gifts include providing lessons, special family excursions and coupons for spending time together.
Instead of giving yet another toy, give gifts of creativity and gifts of memories.
Here’s a great example of writing concisely.
The monkey bars claimed another victim today…#raisingboys
Sometimes we assume that young children have an understanding of things that we as adults consider elementary.
This week I substituted in a third grade class. The science assignment was to study two paintings and to list the things in the picture that are living and the things that are non-living. When I first read the assignment, I thought, how simple can it get. Was I surprised.
Many of the children struggled with the distinction between living and non-living. “Mrs. M., is sky living? Are clouds? They move.” “No, the sky and clouds are not living.” “Are mountains?” “Well, some of the things on the mountains are living, like bushes and grass, but mountains are basically rock and dirt. They aren’t living.” And so it continued.
The challenge is to make sure that children are not only understanding what you’re trying to say but are also not misunderstanding you.
“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try” – Dr. Seuss
Happy Halloween. I subbed today at an elementary school. The kids were all so excited and looked fantastic in their Halloween costumes. I was especially drawn to the costumes that were obviously put together by creative families, using a minimum of materials. What fun it is to see what you can come up with out of what you have around the house.
Last Saturday my sweet daughter and her family invited me to go fishing with them. We spent the morning sitting in a boat in the middle of Payson Lake enjoying the beautiful fall day. It was so quiet, so peaceful, so relaxing. Whenever I think about it, I still get a warm fuzzy feeling.
I even achieved one of the items on my “bucket list.” I saw a bald eagle, flying across a backdrop of evergreen pine trees. Awesome!
From time to time I have people ask me how they can order Grandma Bubbles Books in printed book form. At this time, these books are only available in e-book format.
We realize that young children especially do well with having an actual book in their hands as they begin to read. Unfortunately, the cost of printing is prohibitive for us to print Grandma Bubbles Books at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
Having said that, more and more people are using hand-held devices for their reading, organizing, and communicating needs. In turn, children are also turning to these devices. It is our hope that this rising generation will discover the wonder and magic of learning to read with Grandma Bubbles Books on Kindles, tablets and the like.
As I surf through Pinterest and Etsy and other Internet sites, I am totally amazed at the clever ideas people come up with. Is there no end to cute new ideas for making Halloween costumes or decorating a cupcake? Is there no end to innovative ways of entertaining children…or teaching them? Will we ever run out of new songs or new books or new artwork or new inventions or new ways of doing things? Is it even possible to reach a point when all the possible combinations of keys on the piano or letters in the alphabet has been achieved? Will we ever be able to truthfully say that there’s nothing new to create?
Nope. I don’t think that will ever happen. Why? Because each individual who has ever lived, or who will yet live, is innately and uniquely creative.
That’s what makes creativity so magical. Even miraculous.