Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Week 12 Health and Fitness

At our last meeting we worked on our Health and Fitness badge.   We met on Good Friday, so we started our meeting off, after our opening, talking about what an amazing thing Jesus did for us.  I asked for volunteers to pray to open our meeting and to thank Him for all He did for us.  Three of the girls volunteered and gave the sweetest prayers.  Their hearts are so open and they love Jesus so much.  It is really neat to see.
We got a late start, in order to get everything done we were hopping!  To start our topic off I talked with the girls about nutrition and read Dr. Sears book, Eat Healthy, Feel Great.  We talked about green, yellow and red light foods.  We went over the food pyramid and all the various sections.  We discussed food labels and how to read them to find out what we’re really eating.  I reminded them that looks can be deceiving, especially when it comes to bread, and to read those labels to know just what they are getting.
I then told them what our snack was going to be, Green Smoothies!  I cut up some swiss chard, put it in the blender and added some orange juice, bananas , frozen blueberries and frozen mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries and blackberries).  It was fun watching the girls taste their smoothies.  One of the girls told me she didn’t think she was going to like it.  I told her, "Well, there’s only one way to find out!"  She liked it. 

After drinking their smoothies, we went outside to start on our fitness part of our badge.  I had the girls make an obstacle course using the materials laid out in our backyard.  I broke them into two groups and told the groups to make their own course, which would then be added to the other one.  The guidelines I gave them were they needed to be moving.  They needed to jump, crawl, climb, run, twirl, whatever they wanted, as long as they were moving!  They had a blast making their courses, teaching it to the other group, then taking turns running through the course.
The two groups setting up
Explaining the course
Lining up
They’re off!

After they ran through their course, our time was up.  I gathered the girls together to wrap up our meeting and say goodbye.  We ended our meeting w/ three different girls volunteering to end our meeting in prayer.  It was a sweet way to end our meeting.
To earn the Health and Fitness badge the girls need to:
  • Read a book that explains how the different things we eat can affect our health.
  • Explain the importance of vitamins and minerals in our diets.
  • List five common vitamins our body uses daily.
  • Explain how our body benefits from consuming the proper amount of each of these five vitamins.
  • List ten "healthy" foods (those rich in vitamins and minerals) that we should have in our diet to keep us healthy and strong.
  • List ten common "unhealthy" foods that we should limit in our daily diet.
  • In your notebook, keep track of your daily diet every day for one month.  At the end of the month look over your lists.  
  • Read a book on the benefits of physical exercise.
  • Write an essay explaining how physical exercise can improve your health.
  • List ten different exercises that you could do on a regular basis.
  • Give an explanation of how each exercise listed above will benefit your body.
  • Create an exercise routine from your list of exercises that you can perform at least three times a week.  
  • Explain the benefits of stretching before and after you exercise.
  • List five different stretches you can do before exercising.
  • Perform your exercise routine with stretching beore and after it three times a week for two months.  Keep a record in your notebook.
  • Name three recreational activities that provide a good exercise workout.
Whew!  That’s a lot.  You better get busy!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Community Service

Today the girls held a lemonade stand to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
It was a beautiful morning here, the perfect temperature to hold a lemonade stand.  We set up our stand at the garage sale of one of the girls Grandparents, which provided a steady stream of traffic. 
Here’s a picture of the girls at the beginning of the morning and then at the end of our two hours.  Notice how the jackets came off as the sun climbed higher in the sky.
The girls did a great job selling the lemonade and had a lot of fun in the process.  We raised $81.00 to send to Hannah for her fundraiser.  Not too bad for 2 hours worth of work.  

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Week 11 Cooking

Today we worked on our Cooking badge.  When the girls arrived we went through our opening.  They’re all doing a great job memorizing the verse, prayer, purpose and goal.  We’re still not sure of the tune of the song, but several have memorized the words.
I handed out some basic cooking information to the girls and we went over Cooking 101.  We talked about Rules of the Kitchen, measuring devices, various pots and pans, washing dishes, kitchen terms, proper place settings, reading a recipe and a list of Cooking Websites for Kids.  Once we went through all of that, I had them break into four groups to make dinner! 
Group 1 Meatloaf
 One of the brothers wanted to help.
Group 2 Green Salad
Group 3 Fruit Salad
Group 4 Banana Bread

I had four stations set up, which included, a main dish, vegetable salad, fruit salad and dessert – banana bread.  All the ingredients, except the refrigerated items, were sitting on the counter along with a recipe for them to follow.  The kids washed their hands and got right to work.

After the dishes were prepared and in the oven or the fridge, the kids got busy cleaning up.  Each group wiped down their station and washed the dishes they used.  They each had their hand in setting the table for dinner as well.  They all worked so hard and so well together.  I wish they could come every night and make dinner for me.  
Here are the groups with the finished product.  Some of the girls had left before the pictures were taken.

What happened?
It may not look good, but it sure was tasty. 

After clean up, they enjoyed pretzels and juice and playing in the yard.  We also spent a little time talking about our service project, a lemonade stand to help a friend who is raising money for pediatric cancer patients.   The kids are excited about this project, they not only get to help out a friend that has moved away but also to help raise money for a great cause.  We’ll be having our lemonade stand next Saturday at one of the girls grandmothers house during her garage sale.   The kids helped pick lemons from our tree and will be busy squeezing lemons throughout the week.
The group up in a tree
To earn the cooking badge the girls need to:
  • Demonstrate how to set the table correctly.  This includes proper placement of all utensils and accessories.
  • Prepare five different breakfasts.  The breakfasts can include cooked cereal, eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, hashbrowns, etc.  Cold cereal, coffee cakes and doughnuts (unless homemade) are not allowed.
  • Prepare five different lunches.
  • Prepare five different dinners.  Dinners must include a cooked meat, chicken or fish (not hot dogs, pizza or processed meats), potatoes (not chips, frozen potatoes, canned potatoes or dried potatoes) or some other starch, vegetable salad, dessert and a beverage.
  • For each of the above meals to count toward the badge, the girls will need to have prepared the menu, prepare the meal, set the table, serve the meal, and clean up after the meal.
This was a fun day.  The kids really did a great job working together and making the meal. 
We have such an awesome group of kids and I am enjoying myself immensely working alongside them.

Week 10 Missionaries

"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."
Matthew 28:19

Since we weren’t doing cross stitch in February, we needed to come up with another badge to work on to finish off the month.  We decided to work on our Missionary badge together.  The girls each picked a missionary to read about and give a short report on.  The girls did a great job and we all learned  quite a bit about these Godly men and women, who sacrificed a lot in their lives to spread the gospel of Christ.
The Girls
Corrie Ten Boom
Gladys Aylward

David Livingston
George Muller
Hudson Taylor
We also wrote a letter to a missionary family in West Africa.  We are looking forward to communicating with this family and learning about their life as they serve Christ far from home.
To earn their Missionary Badge the girls need to:
  • Read at least three books on missionaries and fill out the following information:  Title of book, Author, Missionary and Character Trait
  • Correspond with a missionary of your choosing.  
  • Put together a box of goodies for a missionary family.

Weeks 8 and 9 Hiking3/08/08

We needed to make a change in our schedule from Tennis and Cross Stitch.  Since the weather is so beautiful here in the winter, we decided to work on our Hiking badge.
We talked about hiking safety and etiquette.  We then learned how to use a compass for direction as well as learning how to tell directions by the sun.   The girls enjoyed learning the mneumonic Never Eat Slimy Worms and had fun making up their own silly sayings to help them remember what order the Cardinal Directions are in.
After learning how to use a compass and read a map, I handed out a map of our neighborhood, using Google Earth, which showed the girls where we were going, the terrain we would be traveling over and how many miles we were going to hike.  We brought our water, put on the sunscreen, donned our hats and set out on our 2 mile neighborhood hike.  At every turn I had the girls take a turn at telling us which direction we were going to be headed.  By reading the map and either using their compass or the sun, they would lead us all off on the next leg of our journey.
It was an enjoyable hike as we all arrived at our destination, a neighborhood park.
At our next meeting we went into the Mountain Preserve to finish our hiking badge.  For this hike, we all met at the parking lot, reviewed rules of hiking and specific rules to hiking in a natural setting.  I showed the girls the trailhead and we read the information on the sign.  I handed out trail maps of the trail we were going to be taking as well as a nature scavenger hunt and we were off.  This hike was more about nature then destination.  The kids did a great job finding almost everything on the list as we treked through dry washes, rocky passages and smooth dirt.  There were some really pretty purple flowers blooming along the way that we all enjoyed looking at. 
To earn the hiking badge the girls need to:
  • Learn how to use a compass. 
  • Learn to distinguish basic directions by the sun.
  • Learn how to read a map.
  • Take a two to three mile hike through your neighborhood.
  • Draw a map of your route.  
  • Take a hike on a trail at a national park or local forest preserve.  
We also had a small badge ceremony, handing out badges the girls had completed.  These were badges the girls worked on with the group or on their own.  

Way to go girls!