Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I entered the Twerp's photo in Parentin.tv's 2nd year anniversary toddler photo contest. Ten photos were chosen among those received by Parentin.tv and the top two with the most votes will win prizes. Please vote for the Twerp by clicking on this link: http://www.parentin.tv/events/anniv-2011-toddler-photo-contest10
Monday, August 8, 2011
The weekend is always much awaited because the Twerp enjoys attending Sabbath School. She had a taste of going to school last summer but since she had only turned two, we thought we'd wait one more year before enrolling her. Summer school was a preview for her. Sabbath school is much like summer school, just that stories and songs are about Jesus. There are action songs, and play acting the stories.
In this photo, Via is wearing a cardboard crown. The topic was King Joash who became a king at 7 years old. Crowns made of cardboard were distributed to the children to wear. During his reign King Joash did restoration work on the temple. Plastic tools such as hammer, saw, pliers, etc. were again distributed and the children were encouraged to come forward, where a drawing of the temple was hung on the board, to help rebuild the temple with their tools. One little boy banged his hammer too enthusiastically at the drawing that Via stepped back. I think she was afraid of getting hit.
This Saturday, the story was about Captain Naaman's Little Maid. The Little Maid is a happy helper. She never forgets to pray and brings joy to everyone around her. A ring of yellow steamers was hung in the center of the classroom to mimic sunbeams. Rays of sunshine that bring joy much like Little Maid brings happiness. The children were asks to hold on to a yellow streamer while they sang a song (photo below). Then little brooms, basins and other cleaning materials were distributed so the children could pretend they were Little Maid, helping around the house. When Captain Naaman became afflicted with leprosy, Little Maid convinced him to seek Prophet Elisha to help him heal his leprosy. When Captain Naaman was healed, the family began to pray to God. Sabbath school ends with closing songs that Via has learned to memorize by now and of course, cookies are given to all the children before they leave.
There are Sabbath classes for different age groups. When Via turns 3, she will move up to the next class. After Sabbath School, we proceeded to the church service. I'm always looking for pews that also have children because I will have less people annoyed in case Via becomes restless. Luckily, I found a pew where Via's Sabbath School classmate and her family were seated. Then there was this little boy about Via's age playing with his mother's iphone. I guess Mommy gave him the iphone to play with to keep him quiet. He started taking Via's picture and she objected at first, scowling at the boy and pointing him out to me that he was taking his picture. They became chummy after a while and even had their arms around each other. I wanted to take a photo because they looked so cute but didn't have my digicam. The boy's mommy was also very amused.
It's not only Via who's learning in Sabbath School but Mommy as well. I enjoy the children's bible stories as well.