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Yearly Archives: 2012

Personal Safety

Demo

Demo

Officer Sam, a club member’s dad, educated the club on safety issues including fire, internet, and police.  He began with a few short informative videos he had downloaded from the internet.  Then he had a local policeman bring his car over and show us what’s inside.  He even ran his siren and lights.  Officer Sam showed us his police bike that he uses to get into congested areas.  It was very interesting to learn about the 30 pounds of gear he wears as part  of his uniform including the taser!  He did  DUI demonstrations using several club members as volunteers.  Between 11:00pm and 3:00am 70% of all drivers have been influenced by alcohol.  In conclusion, he reminded us that safety is from the Lord and read Ephesians 6:10-18.  It is an awesome sight to see a police officer holding a Bible.  Then for a snack, Dunkin’ Donuts’ were served.  After all, what’s a cop without a doughnut?

Jody Sanger

This was an outstanding lesson for the club to learn.  We do have a Fire Safety or Self-Defense award that could be used for this skill.  However, we at Keepers think that we will add a new award called Personal Safety.  We can think of some great requirements for a Personal Safety Skill, but we are also interested in what you the reader might include in such a skill.  If you have ideas, please post below, or send them to us at sales@keepersofthefaith.com.

Officer's Bike

Officer's Bike

Reading God's Word.

Reading God's Word.

Enjoying Donuts!

Enjoying Donuts!

 

Laundry – A Necessary Skill

Drying clothes without dryers

Drying clothes without dryers

Our family has been living in east Asia for many years.  Our 11-year-old daughter Abigail has been earning Keepers pins for about the last three or four years.  It’s been a great way to help her learn basic life skills, and develop talents and interests.  Last fall, Abigail had the chance to participate in an online Keepers club with families all over the world.  She really enjoyed being in a club with other kids.  I think it motivated her to learn new things, and keep working on those pins.

One pin that Abigail finished during the course of the online club was her laundry pin.  She already was responsible for sorting her clothes according to colors, etc.  We taught her to use our washing machine, and put her in charge of laundry for a few weeks.  Since people do not have clothes dryers where we live, she was responsible to hang the clothes to dry. (Abigail does know how to use a dryer from summers in the States.)

Abigail also read the explanations and answered the questions about laundry and detergents in the Keepers handbook.  We love how Keepers always connects the skills to biblical passages and values.  With this pin, we were reminded that we are to be clean on the inside as well as the outside!

Now we have Abigail do laundry about once every week or two.  This is a big help to us, and also has given her a useful life skill.  We’re grateful for the Keepers program and its emphasis on helping children develop the skills and knowledge they need to become the men and women God intended them to be.

Here are a couple of photos of Abigail doing laundry in our apartment in Asia.   I will also include a photo of Abigail with her T-shirt, her handbook, and her sash full of pins.  To date, she has already earned 23 pins!  And we have several more we hope to finish over the next few years.

Sincerely,
Amy Seifer

Learning to do laundry

Learning to do laundry

Becoming competent at many things!

Becoming competent at many things!

 

Scrapbooking for Little Ones

 

Scrapbooking fun!

Scrapbooking fun!

Scrapbooking was an awesome unit to teach to the Jr. Pebbles.  The girls really enjoyed themselves.  We had them put together a Birthday scrapbook. So everyone brought in pictures from their birthdays or sometime around their birthdays.  And since everyone has a birthday we thought it was a good idea.  First, we had brought in a scrapbook for them to see what their finished project could look like, then we told them about cropping their pictures and to make sure they used acid and lignin free products.  To help keep costs down we had the girls put their pictures on scrapbooking paper instead of purchasing a scrapbook.  The girls picked out paper they wanted and then cut their pictures with decorative scissors.  We really wanted the girls to put it together the way they wanted.  Lastly we had them finish up the page with stickers.  Now they have a cost effective scrapbook that they can enjoy for years to come.

The same unit was taught to the boys later in the school year.

Cheryl Chew, Florida

So happy with what she did!

So happy with what she did!

 

Working!

Working!

 

 

 

 

Sewing Sashes

Dear Keepers at Home,

Learning to sew sashes

Learning to sew sashes

This year was our first year as a Keeper’s Club and our girls were loving this time we had together.  Each month five to six mothers and their daughters meet together at a family’s home to share our passions and talents with our children.   We have decorated handmade cards, sang songs, memorized verses, learned to set a table including a lesson on napkin folding.  Each week God gives us important lessons and activities to teach our children and ourselves in fulfilling His will.

We have been blessed with a dear friend of ours who is extremely creative and loves to share her gifts with others.  Each child that knows Leigh comes to love her within minutes.  She has been a spiritual mother and mentor to many of our girls by using her gifts and talents to teach the next generation  She is such a blessing to our families.  She shows love and care for each child.  Leigh recently showed our girls how to make sashes for the awards that they are earning in their books.  She used the pattern found on the KOF website and prepared the lesson for the girls.  The material and directions were all laid out when each girl arrived.  The older girls, based on their ability, were able to complete several steps on their own.  For example, they had to trace and cut out the pattern first and pin it, whereas the younger girls had only to sew the two pieces together.  Leigh brought her sewing machine for the girls to use.  The older girls were able to sew the sashes themselves if they were comfortable while the younger girls sat on Leigh’s lap and they sewed together.  Within two hours eleven girls of varying ages and abilities had completed their sashes.

We are very excited about the next year.  Leigh has already committed to assisting us in teaching our girls some new skills.  We are ending the year with a Garden Tea Party where the girls will put into practice the skills they have been learning at home as well as at the meetings.  They will also be receiving their awards for which they have worked very hard.  What a blessing this year has been for our families.

Thank You,
Jennifer Kinkade

Overseeing

Overseeing

Teaching

Teaching

 

Journals

Making journal covers

Making journal covers

We discovered the important part journals have been in the lives of many famous people providing historians with insights into the past.  For instance Little House on the Prairie is based on the journals of Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Corrie Ten Boom  and Anne Franks horrible experiences were recorded in their journal entries.  Various presidents, Lewis and Clark, and many others have kept journals.   We were also reminded that God keeps a journal of our lives.  Then we made our own journals decorating composition books with scrapbook paper and fabric and were encouraged to begin recording our own history.  We also made duct tape rose pens.

Jody Sanger

 

All finished!

All finished!

Working hard

Working hard

 

Butterflies

Butterfly Exhibit

Butterfly Exhibit

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.”

Sincerely,
Amy Seifer

 

Show and Tell

Show and Tell

 

Cake Baking and Cake Decorating

Yummy!

Yummy!

My daughters have loved Keepers of the Faith.  My oldest did twelve years of Keepers and now my 4th grade daughter is following in her sister’s footsteps.  I have always taught my girls’ cake decorating class since that is my forte.  This year’s cake decorating class was much different than when I taught my eldest daughter’s class.  Over the years, I have learned new techniques and ideas.  One of them being that we used natural food colorings.  This was so much fun and healthy on top of it all!

Natural food colorings are a bit more expensive than your typical food colorings.  They are a much healthier alternative for those with allergies to the typical food colorings.   A little color goes a long way and it is fun to see what colors you can create.  With a bit of research on the web, you can find some reasonable prices on natural food coloring rather than in some stores who can charge quite a lot.   I purchased the three primary colors – red, blue, and yellow.  Just like mixing paints with primary colors, one can create a wide variety of beautiful hues with natural food colors.  Some colors such as red come out a bit lighter, but they are beautiful!

I incorporated the Cake Baking Badge with the Cake Decorating Badge so the girls would complete two badges at once.  I found a wonderful vintage 1920’s batter bowl cake recipe that had a delicious cream cheese frosting.  The girls baked their cakes, made the frosting, and then frosted their two layer cakes.  Next, the girls then decorated the cakes beautifully!  The girls had so much fun and felt like they accomplished a lot!  They certainly learned a lot and hopefully many of the girls will continue to create more fun cakes during their lifetimes!

Annette Kelley

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

 

 

 

 

 

Decoupage

Her first decoupage project!

Her first decoupage project!

We were blessed to have some small hand-made clip boards donated to the group, and these were used for the decoupage projects. Each girl brought a “centerpiece” picture that she liked, and we had some assorted scrapbooking papers available for background and decoration. The younger girls just did some background decorating with their photo or image in the center, while the older group did much more creative artworks with their designed papers. With a little Styrofoam bowl to put Mod Podge in, and some sponge applicators, the expenses for the group supplies were minimal. Both our Little Keepers and our Keepers at Home groups were able to work on the same project, and everyone had great success decorating their clipboard, with only minimal adult assistance required. (Although the Mod Podge is water-soluble, we did suggest that the Little Keepers wear a smock). Although a couple of the older girls took their projects home that night, we kept the rest of them until the following meeting, when they were dry and could be handled more easily. We were blessed to have some small hand-made clip boards donated to the group, and these were used for the decoupage projects.  Each girl brought a “centerpiece” picture that she liked, and we had some assorted scrapbooking papers available for background and decoration.  The younger girls just did some background decorating with their photo or image in the center, while the older group did much more creative artworks with their designed papers.

With a little Styrofoam bowl to put Mod Podge in, and some sponge applicators, the expenses for the group supplies were minimal.  Both our Little Keepers and our Keepers at Home groups were able to work on the same project, and everyone had great success decorating their clipboard, with only minimal adult assistance required. (Although the Mod Podge is water-soluble, we did suggest that the Little Keepers wear a smock).

Although a couple of the older girls took their projects home that night, we kept the rest of them until the following meeting, when they were dry and could be handled more easily.

Tiffany Holley

 

Computer Skills

New computer techies!

New computer techies!

Our fourth through sixth grade boys at Grace Baptist Church in Pepperell, Massachusetts are learning about computers this year. The class usually consists of about ten boys who are always anxious to learn about God as well as the badges that are picked each year.

We have learned the different parts to a computer and have even taken one apart to see the inside.  In fact this information is being typed from an input device to a computer called a keyboard.  We are able to see exactly what is being typed because we have an output device connected to the computer called a monitor.  There are many different terms that are often hard to understand about computers that we go over each week such as gigabytes (GB) and gigahertz (GHz).  We know that GB refers to size or storage space and GHz refers to the speed.

One of the most common tasks to do on a computer is word processing so we are learning how to use Microsoft Word.  In fact we are going to take this unformatted document and copy and paste it into Microsoft Word so that we can format it the way we want.  This will surely put our skills to the test because we will copy and paste, learn about spell checking, indent, change fonts, and many other things just from this one assignment.
Once we have a final product, we will then learn how to email and attach files to the email.  What a great learning tool this will be to send in our submission for the Skill Sharing section.

Chad Wentworth
Grace Baptist Church Keepers Class

 

Volleyball! Perfect for Clubs and Families

Zakula Family

Zakula Family

Volleyball has been a staple in our family ever since our children were old enough to hit a ball over the net.  It was a backyard staple; it was nearly always set up and ready for a game.  Through the years, every picnic, barbecue, and get-together included volleyball games.  They still do.  This summer, one evening a week, the family gathered at a small park near us.  The dads and moms and kids all played volleyball, and the younger kids played on the swings and slides, etc.  Grandpa and Grandma sat in lawn chairs!  :)  We watched all the fun.  Although our volleyball days are behind us, the tradition goes on.

For over thirty years, the boys and girls in the Keepers Clubs have learned to play volleyball in a safe learning environment with their families or church members.  Your children can learn the rules and get lots of practice in a non-competitive but fun way too.

Learning!

Learning!

Cheryl Chew’s club in the Tampa Florida area taught their children volleyball this year, and this is what they did.

The elementary-aged boys learned how to play volleyball.  They learned the basic skills of bumping, setting, and serving.  They enjoyed several friendly games and each side had the correct number of players, which was six per side.  For many of the elementary-aged boys, this was their first time playing this fun group sport.  They learned the basic rules, scoring, and the proper way to hit the ball.

 

 

Fun!

Fun!

And more fun!

And more fun!