Our 11-year-old daughter Abigail has been earning Keepers pins for about 3-4 years. Already she has earned 23 pins! We’re excited about Keepers and the beautiful way this program helps our daughter develop the skills and talents she needs to have a well-rounded life as a daughter of the King. I appreciate the wide variety of pins to earn; this has helped me to take a balanced approach to teaching Abigail important life skills, as well as developing interests and hobbies that can bring such joy to life.
One of her nature pins was inspired by the chance we had a year or so ago to visit a traveling butterfly exhibit here in our city in east Asia. The exhibit not only had some live butterflies, but also a large collection of framed butterflies from around the world. Abigail wanted us to purchase for her one of the small framed collections, which had five butterflies in it.
Her excitement about this, and her desire to learn more about these five butterflies led her to look these butterflies up on the internet. At that point, I realized that this new interest could easily be guided by the requirements for the butterfly pin. Abigail found a book on butterflies, which helped her answer the general questions in the Keepers handbook. Instead of looking up butterflies in our area (as suggested in the handbook), she used the information she gained from researching the five butterflies in her framed collection.
Abigail then used the information to make a lapbook on butterflies. She was able to share the framed collection and her lapbook at a small “show-and-tell” activity we had with a few other foreign families.
I love how the Keepers pins help us to organize and solidify learning. Not only does Abigail have her lapbook and her collection, but she also has a Keepers pin as a reward for her hard work in learning more about God’s beautiful creation.
I’ve included a photo of Abigail at the butterfly exhibit, and showing her lapbook to her friends at “show-and-tell.”