I’ve been meaning try making some homemade slime for the kids for the longest time. So when I found that Lazada Philippines sold some Borax powder, I jumped into the opportunity. If you got a big batch of Borax, you can it use it around the house. There are also a few science experiments that uses Borax. A quick search on Google will help you find what you’re looking for.
I used this recipe to make our homemade slime. But the site also offers several options that you can choose from if you don’t have any borax lying around the house. You can find the step-by-step instructions for a Borax Slime Recipe below.
Mix 1/2 C of glue and 1/2 C of water in a clean bowl. Add food coloring and 2-3 drops of essential oils (optional). In another bowl, mix 1/2 TSP of borax powder with 1/2 TSP warm water. Let powder dissolve in the water completely.
Add borax mixture to the glue, and stir thoroughly using a spoon.
Knead with your hands once the mixture starts to clump up.
I am a third-generation Chinese Filipino, and I grew up in a multilingual home. Speaking in different languages was something that came naturally because of what my siblings and I have been exposed to. I spoke Amoy (Chinese dialect) to my parents and other relatives, spoke Hiligaynon or Ilonggo (Visayan dialect) to my friends, learned and used Filipino in class, and used English for different occasions. Over the years, I’ve acquired a bit of Mandarin when I was in seminary, and learned to speak in Bisaya or Cebuano while I was working in Cebu.
We’ve used the Amoy dialect to speak to Little Miss for the first three years of her life. But she learned English and Filipino when she started school shortly after that. She now mainly converses in English, although we still try to speak to her in Chinese. She reminds me of my younger self who refused to speak Chinese because none of my peers would ever do so. I guess that is the dilemma most later generation of Chinese immigrants face. Perhaps we fail to see the practical use of speaking Chinese in the Philippines. Little Miss also learned to speak in Filipino by imitating us. Although she has a funny Chinese accent when speaking Filipino, most store clerks are surprised when a Chinese-looking little girl can actually converse in Filipino. She is a local, and she ought to speak the language!
I was asked by a mom in Instagram how to teach a second and third language to children. To be honest, I never really thought about a systematic way of doing so. But here are some practical tips we’ve applied in teaching (whether actively or unconsciously) kids any second or third (even fourth) language.
Once a child learns a certain term in one particular language, try to introduce the very same item using a different language. For example, my two-year old now knows the colors in English. I am now introducing the colors to him in Chinese when he tries to mention the words in English. Classical Education is all about content in the early stages, and it is the same with learning any language. Provide the content by defining animals, colors, places, actions, etc.
Repetition is Key
You may sound like a broken record. But that’s alright. Children learn by constant repetition. For example, if your child says “eat” you can respond by saying “kain” until they repeat it after you. Pretty soon they will realize that the same word means the same thing.
Mixing Languages is Normal
Don’t worry about them mixing up languages because that usually happens. They’ll learn to determine or categorize the words when they grow older.
You have to realize that there are different levels of fluency. It moves from Understanding, Speaking, Reading, Writing, and to Composing. Traditional Filipino schools teach English and Filipino proficiency through reading and writing. My aim for my children is to teach Chinese fluency in speaking or communicating. I don’t really mind if they don’t know how to read and write it. I’ve been schooled in Chinese for most of my school years, but I still cannot read a lot of Chinese. I’d be happy if my children learn to converse in Chinese. You have to decide how far you’d want your kids to learn a certain language. Your decision will also determine the lengths you’ll go to actively teach them proper writing or grammar rules.
Practice by Speaking
My husband and I can communicate in three languages fluently: English, Amoy, and Filipino. We usually interchange these languages at home, and the children are exposed to it. Nothing beats constant exposure and regular practice by speaking the language. The language loses its relevance when it is not being used, so keep using it if you want your children to learn the language. Simply put, if you speak it at home, your children will catch it soon enough.
Did you also grow up in a multilingual home? What are some of the ways that helped you learn different languages? Or how did you teach your own children to learn different languages?
Big Idea: We glorify God by loving him and doing what he commands.
Objectives: Children will understand what glorifying God means. Children will know that we show God that we love Him when we do what he wants us to do. Children will also realize why they should glorify God.
Ask your child to name someone they love. Younger children would usually answer Mom or Dad.
When we love someone, we would like to do things to make them happy. There are many ways to say “I love you” to someone. Can you name a few things that would make the person you love happy? (obeying parents, listening to teacher’s instructions, giving gifts to friends, etc.)
When you obey your parents, you show them that you love them. When we obey God, we show God that we love Him. Question 4 of the catechism says that we glorify God by loving him and doing what he commands. While Question 5 teaches us to glorify God because he made us and takes care of us.
Q4: How can you glorify God?
A: By loving him and doing what he commands.
Q5: Why are you to glorify God?
A: Because he made me and takes care of me.
In the previous lesson, we learned that God made us for his own glory. For this lesson, we are going to learn how and why we are to glorify God.
Light a candle or open a flashlight in a dark room. Try to snuff out the candle or cover the flashlight, and observe the reaction. Do it all over again.
The Bible tells us that God’s children are like light. Listen to what Matthew 5:14-16 says:
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (ESV)
God made us the light of the world, and whenever we show love to God by following what He wants us to do, we glorify Him. But sometimes we don’t love and obey God. We do things that God doesn’t want us to do. We would say mean things to our siblings, open up the candy bar even though Mom and Dad told us not to, and even grab a toy from a friend without asking for permission. When we disobey God, this is what the Bible calls sin. Sin is not following God’s commands. Sin is disobeying God.
Sin keeps us from loving and obeying God. But God found a way to solve the sin problem. He sent His Son Jesus to come into the world to become like us. Jesus was hungry, and thirsty. He cried when a dear friend died. He also got tired. He was like us in every way, but He did not sin. Not only that, Jesus obeyed all of God’s commandments. So when we love and trust in Jesus, God will forgive us all our sins and teach us how to love and obey Him. The Holy Spirit helps us do that by changing our hearts so that instead of loving sin, we will love God. And when other people see that we love and obey God, they may want to know God too. After all, glorifying God is showing others how great and good He is. That’s how we should glorify God.
Our lesson also teaches us that we should glorify God because he made us and takes care of us. We know these things because the Bible shows how God is kind to us.
Carine Mackenzie in her small book called God is Kindlists down several ways God shows us how he takes care of us:
He gives us food every day. (Luke 11:3)
He give us water to drink. (Isaiah 44:3)
He give us sunny days to enjoy. (Jeremiah 31:35)
He gives us our family. (Psalm 68:6)
He has given us the Bible to help us. (Psalm 68:11)
He gives a beautiful life in heaven to those who love him. (Romans 6:23)
How can you glorify God? By loving him and doing what he commands.
Why are you to glorify God? Because he loves me and takes care of me.
What does it mean to glorify God?
What does it meant to be the light of the world?
What are some more ways we can obey God?
What are some more ways that God takes care of us?
You could choose to sing a song, share a story, or create a craft.
Thou shalt have no other gods but Me;
Before no idol bow thy knee.
Take not the Name of God in vain;
Nor dare the Sabbath Day profane.
Give both thy parents honor due;
Take heed that thou no murder do.
Abstain from words and deeds unclean;
Nor steal, though thou art poor and lean.
And do not lie, but always say what is true,
And covet not the things that don’t belong to you!
You could also close with a story written by R.C. Sproul called The Lightlings in keeping with the light theme.
R.C. Sproul weaves an allegorical tale that captures the essence of the biblical story of redemption in a manner that will fascinate and delight children. A race of tiny beings known as lightlings are a picture of humanity as they pass through all the stages of the biblical drama – creation, fall, and redemption. In the end, children will understand why some people fear light more than darkness, but why they need never fear darkness again.
Big Idea: God made the world and us for his own glory.
Objectives: Children shall recognize that God created all things for his glory. Children will know that talking about God’s glory means talking about how great and good God is. Children will understand that glorifying God is like reflecting, pointing to, or shining for Him.
Materials Used: Mirror, Binoculars, Night Light or Flashlight, Pictures of Nature/Sceneries
Lay down all the materials on a table or place them inside a basket. Ask the child to name each item as you show them one by one. You may ask an older child what each item can do or what each item is for.
A mirror can show us what we look like. A pair of binoculars can give us a better view of someone at a distance. A night light or flashlight can light up a dark room.
Our third catechism lesson teaches us the reason why God made the us and all the world around us. Laying on the foundational truths about their existence as created beings is extremely important to children during their tender years. The catechism asks and answers:
Q3: Why did God make you and all things?
A: For his own glory.
Introduce the third catechism, and excitedly inform the child you’ll find out what these three things have to do with the lesson.
The Bible teaches us that God created the world and us for his own glory. When we talk about God’s glory, we are talking about how great and good God is.
Show a picture of a beautiful nature scene, like a forest or mountain. God made the whole world—the blue sky, the bright sun, the raging rivers, and the little birds that sing. Listen to what Psalm 19:1 says:
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
The sky and the mountains glorify God. They show people how great and good God is. They remind us that God created all things. Not only that, God made us for his own glory, too.
We are to be like mirrors that reflect how good and great God is. We are to be like a pair of binoculars that gives a clearer view of what God is like. We are also like flashlights that shines the light of Jesus in this dark and sinful world. We are made to glorify God. The Bible teaches us in 1 Corinthians 10:31:
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
In everything we do, we are to show others how great and good God is. This is why God made us.
Why did God make you and all things? For his own glory.
What does it mean to glorify God? To show others how great and good God is.
Sometimes, we are not very good reflections, pointers, and sources of light. We have sinful hearts, and they keep us from glorifying God. But God solved the problem of sinful hearts by sending His Son Jesus to come to earth, and live like us. Jesus became a man, and always glorified God. Jesus lived a perfect life and died on the cross to take the punishment that we deserve for our sins. If we follow and trust in him, God will forgive us our sins and teach us how to glorify Him. In fact, Jesus Himself said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12, ESV)
Create a pair of binoculars using tissue paper rolls to bring home the lesson about glorifying God.
Tape together two toilet paper rolls side by side. Cut a strip of paper approximately 3×11 inches wide. Let your child decorate the paper as desired with tape, markers and the like. Wrap the decorated paper around the pair of toilet paper rolls and secure on the underside with more tape. Hole punch the outside of both rolls and add a strap using cording, rope or string
Another thing you could do is to share about the life and ministry of Augustine, the church father. As a young boy, he was full of mischief—he stole pears from his neighbor just because he enjoyed doing wrong. But his mother prayed for him regularly until one day, God saved him and he became a bishop.
Augustine wrote books that God used to help many people understand the Bible. In one of those books, he wrote: “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.” That means, the purpose why God made each of us is to glorify Him. If we’re not doing showing others how great and good God is through our words, thoughts and actions, we are not doing what we were originally created to do.
The Passion Week is usually referred to the events leading up to the death and resurrection of Jesus. There is nothing special or holy about these dates at all. We should celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus every day of the week!
The reason for this post is to help parents teach their children these events on any day of the year. You can use six items that you may already have at home: a sprig of herb or leaf, a piece of bread, a string or thread, a nail or three, a piece of white cloth, and a rock.
I used a sprig of rosemary herb to signify the branches that people used when Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem while riding a donkey. nA alternative is to use a toy donkey, if you have one at home. Read the passage from Matthew 21:1-11. Jesus was riding into the city as the king of Israel had always done when they came to the throne.
The bread represents the Last Supper as recorded in Matthew 26:17-29. The Passover meal with the disciples points back to the night in Egypt, and points to the time when God would send His own Son to die in the place of sinners like us. This meal shows us that Jesus was the Lamb, who came into the world to be slain for the sins of His people.
This piece of jute string represents the whip used by the Roman soliders to mock Jesus, as well as how Jesus endured the betrayal of his friends, particularly Judas. These events were written down in John 18:1-19:27. It was you and I who deserved to be beaten, ridiculed, and rejected because of our many sins. But Jesus took our place, and bore all this suffering for us.
I realized that using nails can be a bit dangerous for younger kids, so using screws without pointy ends would be better in this case. Making a small wooden cross out of two toothpicks put together would be another alternative. The three nails or the wooden cross signify how Jesus was nailed on the cross. You may retell the passage found in Matthew 27:32-56. Jesus gave His very life to pay for our sins. Jesus lived the life that we should have lived, and died the death that we should have died. And this same Jesus calls us to follow Him, trust Him, and love Him. Shall we not serve Him who finished the work of salvation for us on the cross?
Matthew 27:57-60 shows us the story of Jesus’ burial, and this piece of white cloth represents the clean linen shroud that was used to wrap the body of Jesus.
You could use a stone to represent the earlier point about Jesus’ burial or you could use it to illustrate this next story found in John 20. When Mary Magdalene and other women came to garden to visit Jesus, they found that the stone was already rolled away. And the angel told them not to be afraid for He is no longer there. He is risen! He is risen indeed! The disciples didn’t believe the story of the women. Their hearts were so sad with grief that they hardly realized what Mary was saying. They had not understood that Jesus is stronger than death itself. By rising from the dead Jesus brought eternal life to all who love and trust in Him.
Some people like to use these items and place them inside plastic eggs. The seventh egg would be left empty to signify that Jesus is no longer in the tomb for He is risen. I love the idea of a surprise but since eggs do not have anything to do with the story of the resurrection, I would like to avoid it as much as possible. There are also pagan overtones represented in those eggs.
So an alternative would be a sensory activity (as pictured above) using a salt box or kinetic sand box.
Put all the items in a box with iodized salt or kinetic sand.
Ask the child to find all the items.
Retell the story by arranging the items according to their proper order.
For an additional activity or memory work, scramble the items and ask the child to rearrange them according to their proper order.