Here is an overview of our meeting:
~ Coloring Pages and Copywork ~
The girls had two options for coloring pages in addition to the pictures in their Member Guides. The first option was this beautiful coloring page of Ruth and Naomi from Curmudgeonry. (I was very excited to find that Jordana has illustrated coloring pages for Wreath III! The links can all be found in her sidebar. The second option was a Ruth & Naomi Picture Search I happened to run across in one of my files.
This year we are expanding on the virtue pages for our notebooks, and adding a bit of copywork using the Memory Verse for each month as well. I am hoping this will help the girls get a jump start on memorizing the verse each month. Here is the page I created for the younger girls (using Startwrite) for the virtue of Friendliness.
~ Meeting on the Virtue of Friendliness ~
Friendliness :: The quality of being pleasant and friendly. Friendliness, like cheerfulness, is seen as a human virtue.
Here is what was discussed:
- First I explained the virtue, expanding on the above definition with the help of the Wreath III Leader's Guide and then reading a poem from The Book of Virtues. There is actually a whole chapter devoted to Friendship in The Book of Virtues!
- I then introduced the flower, the Morning Glory, also using the examples Rachel provides in the Wreath III Leader's Guide.
- We then read the story of Ruth and Naomi from The Book of Virtues.
- Next I passed out blank pieces of paper for an activity I found in the archives of the Little Flowers Yahoo Group: "Who Can Be Our Friend?" You can download the directions for this activity here. (Another Option would be How to be a Good Friend from EduPlace.)
- We ended the lesson with the book The Friendly Beasts by Tomie dePaola.
I also had a "game" picked out for the girls to play, but we ran out of time... It actually might be a fun one to include at our Mother/Daughter Tea this summer! I am going to add the idea here anyways, in case any of you would like to use it with your groups.
"ALL MY FRIENDS"
Items Needed: Large Area to walk around in a circle as a group
My friends and I went to the store
So we could buy some candy!
Its so much fun with all my friends!
(Clap loud) Isn't it so dandy!
How to Do Activity: Form a circle with all of the children. Walk around in the circle singing the song (to the left) to the tune of "Yankee Doodle", clapping as you go. After each verse, stop and say the name of a child and ask, "Who's your friend?" They have to say the name of a person who has not been called. Help them to think of somebody if they have trouble remembering who has not been named. After they say the name, say "_____ is our friend too!" Continue on until everyone has been named.
~ Notebook Pages ~
For the notebook pages, I used the memory verse for Friendliness, A Guardian Angel Prayer for Friends, an image of Ruth and Naomi, and a border of Morning Glories. You can download my document here.
Here is a picture of the sample page I created:
I always love seeing the lovely variations that the girls create:
~ Craft ~
At first I had planned to either have the girls make Friendship Bracelets and Amish Friendship Bread, but when the meeting ended up falling just before Christmas, I changed plans... Instead I asked all the girls to bring 3 dozen cookies for a Cookie Exchange. At the meeting the girls all made 2 trays each - one to take home to their family and another to give away to a friend!
Chiquita made Peanut Butter Cup Cookies and Twinkle Toes opted for St. Nicholas Miters.
~ Wreath III Virtue Aprons ~
~ Snack Time ~
Since our meeting ended up being dinner time, I decided to serve a light meal along with the regular cupcake snack. To tie in the virtue of Friendliness, I decided to try and come up with a with a "Best Friends Forever" themed menu. So, naturally, Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches came to mind, as well as Veggies and Ranch Dip.
I made these cute little sandwiches using my Pampered Chef Cut N Seal.
(The Krustbuster would be another option, for square sealed sandwiches.)
I thought about
making attempting these beautiful Morning Glories, but ended up opting for the easier alternative of letting the girls decorate their own, using Sparkle Gel, once again.
The girls just love decorating their cupcakes and were very focused on the task!
We served the snack with Peppermint Hot Cocoa, topped with White (the color for this month's meeting) Whipped Cream!
~ Gift Exchange / Group Photo ~
The girls all brought a wrapped gift (that they had made) for a gift exchange. It was so much fun and so cute to see the sweet and thoughtful gifts made by each of the Little Flowers!
Naomi and Ruth help our hearts to see that a faithful friend is a sturdy shelter, he who finds one, finds a treasure.
St. Therese, the Little Flower, pray for us!