Both boys are really enjoying aw Awanas and learning so much. Both have told me they are sad that it meets only once a week. Each night when I pick them up they are full of stories and excited to tell me all about their activities. Big Brother, each night, can recite back to me the story they studied and explain the “importance” of the story to me.
Both boys are excited to do their Awanas school work each day, we treat it as a school subject and cover it daily. This week Big Brother decided he wanted to do two verses to make up for the week he missed while we traveled before Thanksgiving. Also, he only needed two verses to earn his wings; and he has been very motivated to earn his wings.
Thus Big Brother challenged himself to recite both Psalms 118:1 and 1 John 4:19 last night.
1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
1 John 4:19
19 We love because he first loved us.
He accomplished his goal, he learned both verses, recited them and earned his wings (and his first jewel). I am very proud of him; he has recited ten verses atSparks; and can still recite all of them (some with minor prompting).
A couple of weeks ago Big Brother earned his vest at Awanas.
This week Little Brother recited his four lines and earned his vest and book.
Both boys are excited to work on their Memory work and Big Brother has been signed off on 5 verses ( John 3:16, 1 John 4:14, Psalms 147:5, 1 Cor 15:3, 1 Cor 15:4) and is now working on Jam 2:10.
Both the boys are in Awanas this fall. And LOVING it. Last night was their 2nnd meeting and both ran in to the building.
Last night was the 2nd week and the boys were certainly excited.
Big Brother recited all of John 3:16 for his leader and earned his vest and his first Book. (They start with a magazine like “first book” that they have to master before they earn their first book and vest).
John 3:16 was the first memory verse Big Brother did this school year, so he was ready for this challenge. According to the way Awana’s has it broken up in the book the verse could take up to 5 weeks to learn.
We’ll work really hard this week on Little Brother’s memory ‘lines” (not full verses) so he can earn his vest, I hope, next week. (he is in Cubbies)
I was actually caught off guard by how proud of Big Brother was when we went into pick him up and saw him in his vest. I think being one of the first in his group (Sparks Kindy level) gives him some confidence since he speech is still a bit delayed behind his peers and I see him struggle sometimes to be part of a larger peer group.
Next up for Big Brother is 1 John 4:14 and we have already started on it. Awanas does not do the full verse, but we are going to. I personally do not see a lot of use in having a child memorize a cite and part of a verse in place of the entire verse, that is just more effort for the child to re-learn later. So while the club uses abbreviated versions of many verses we’ll be doing the full versions.