Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Raising Rock Stars: As Special as Snowflakes
It's a week of firsts around here, and I wanted to add Raising Rock Stars (family devotions) to our school. My New Year's Resolution is to put God first in my life, and I wanted to help my kids learn to do the same. I hope this helps. Our school theme this week is snow, so I thought snowflakes would be a great subject for our Bible study.
Key Verse: "Your hands shaped me and made me." Job 10:8a NIV
We looked at pictures of snowflakes at snowcrystals.com Mustang enjoyed this a little more then Charger.
We talked about snowflakes and looked out the window at the snow on the ground.
We read the story 'The Little Snowflake'
High up in the icy, winter clouds lived a little snowflake. This snowflake had a star-shaped hole in the center and six pointy arms that looked like tiny pine trees. All snowflakes have six arms, of course, but not all of them look like tiny pine trees. Even fewer have star-shaped middles. This snowflake was special. His name was Glitter.
Glitter grew up next door to Flip, a tough old snowflake with thick, square arms. Glitter loved talking with Flip.
"You were made special, Glitter. No other snowflake looks quite like you," Flip told him once.
"Are there any snowflakes that look like you, Flip?" Glitter asked.
"Nope! I'm one-of-a-kind, kid." Flip continued, "You can look all around this cloud we live in, but you'll never find two snowflakes that look alike."
Glitter thought about this for a while. "Our Creator must really care about us if He made each one of us special."
"Yes," Flip replied. "He sure does."
Suddenly a brisk wind blew through the cloud. "Oh! What fun!" cried Glitter as he clung to one of Flip's strong arms. The wind carried them right out of the cloud and into the open sky. All around him Glitter could see the different shapes of his snowflake friends as they went flying on the wind. Glitter had never seen anything so beautiful. He was glad that the Creator made him to be part of this lovely winter sky.
Flip and Glitter swirled slowly down through the fresh winter air. Glitter looked toward the ground and a gasp of excitement caught in his throat. "Look, Flip! Look at the colors!"
It was true. Below the snowflakes, a little frozen pond stood crowded with children on ice skates, twirling and gliding in their brightly colored coats. As the snowflakes drifted closer, Glitter couldn't help but smile. Not one of the children looked exactly like another! Some had dark skin and some had freckles. Some had big teeth and some had green eyes. Here and there a blonde ponytail peeked out from under a hat, or earmuffs held a black curl in place.
"All the children are different from each other, Flip. The Creator must have made them special, too!" cried Glitter.
Flip answered softly as they landed on the sleeve of a little red-haired girl, "Yes. And the Creator loves every one of them."
And then we made snowflakes. That was easier said then done! Turns out that mommy is not near as good at cutting out snowflakes as I once remembered. See the pile of construction paper in the middle of the table? That's the paper it took for me to come up with these two snowflakes-one of which looks like we might be Jewish ha ha!
We had a great time and are looking forward to next week.