Saturday, July 21, 2018

A Summer Series for Young Girls: Daughters of Dorcas ... Class #3

I've been trying to decide how to describe our third class in this series.

We reviewed the story about Dorcas …

The girls each went to the story wall and using a pointer retold the story in their own words …

We reviewed their memory verse …

We sang songs … and then we got down to some serious hand sewing.

I reviewed with the girls how to use a needle and reminded them about being careful with it.  They got out their sewing projects and we reviewed how to make a stitch and then they were off and running.

What happened next is just one of those things that you just had to be there to see!  These little girls took their needles and their sewing projects and went to their seats and began to sew … and while they were sewing, they talked.  It was like they were at a sewing bee only it was in miniature form.  You would have thought these girls had been sewing for awhile, they appeared comfortable with what they were doing and were like friends catching-up while they worked on their handwork.

It was a precious thing to behold and another great class!

She Hath Done What She Could

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A Summer Series for Young Girls: Daughters of Dorcas, Class #2

I don't have the words for how precious the second class of our Daughters of Dorcas summer series was tonight! 

I taught the girls the rest of the story of Dorcas after we reviewed, picking up where we left off last week.  (I try really hard to engage them in the class while I'm teaching because I don't want them to have to sit there like hoot owls on a stump!)  

Then I gave them the opportunity to go to our story wall with pointer in hand and retell the story.  Of course, they didn't remember all of it but I was surprised at what they did remember.

Then we worked on their memory verse …

At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did. Acts 9:36

We sang songs about Dorcas, ones with lots of actions and hand movements, and then I introduced a new little 'diddy' I came up with this afternoon for the purpose of introducing the new skill we would start learning.

Because it's sometimes easy to get discouraged when trying to learn new skills, I wanted to head off that possibility and this is how I did it …

We sang this little 'diddy' …

(To the tune of I'll Live in Glory)

Can't couldn't ever do nothing,
Because he wouldn't try.
Can't couldn't ever do nothing,
He refused to try.
I can't, I can't, I can't,
Is all he'd ever say.
Can't couldn't ever do nothing,
Because he wouldn't try.

When we finished singing, I went over to the classroom door and we shoo'd Mr. Can't out the door.

Mr. Can't was no longer in our classroom!

The girls loved it and the tone was set to begin the next phase of our class which was becoming familiar with their sewing needles.  I wanted them to not be afraid of the needles so I laid out each little girl a needle (I got yarn needles for them to use) and I ask them to describe the needle.  They were very thorough in their description and then we talked about the point and about being careful when we held the needle and about what would happen if we weren't careful.  They listened intently!

Next, I sat down and called them over to me.  They all hoovered around my chair as I showed them how to hold their needles and make their very first stitches, then it was their turn.  Slowly and with precision they weaved the needle up and down going very slow and being very careful. Each girl got about 4 stitches in when the knock came at the door signaling that class time was over.  They were so intent on their stitching that when the knock came they looked at me in surprise as if to say 'no!'

What an honor it is for me to teach these little girls!  I don't know who is more excited about the class  … me or them!

She Hath Done What She Could