Learning to Be Patient with We Choose Virtues {SHIP VBS Day 3}

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OK…so, I’m a little behind in posting!

Thursday was the last day of VBS this week.  SHIP VBS (Shelter the Homeless International Project) has kids from the orphanage in the mornings & kids from the neighborhood in the afternoon. Kids in El Salvador go to school for half-days, finishing homework the other half. We’re hosting VBS during their half-day at home.

Reviewing diligence & contentment with We Choose Virtues Parenting Cards ~ recommended by HowToHomeschoolMyChild.comWe started the day reviewing the past 2 virtues of VBS.

The kids learned the “Content Song” in Spanish, thanks to Dennise’s translation.  Dennise also reviewed the virtues of being diligent (diligente) & content (feliz) by using the We Choose Virtues Parenting Cards.

Easy to teach Godly character with http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0173/0834/products/teacher-virtue-cards-family_grande.png?v=1351216169I really like the We Choose Virtues Parenting Cards because you can simply pick them up to teach or review a specific virtue.  In VBS we reviewed the catchphrases for both virtues, rewarding those who could remember the catchphrases for diligence & contentment.  As homeschoolers, you can also review the story on the back of the card.

Teaching how to be patient with We Choose Virtues parenting cards ~ recommended by HowToHomeschoolMyChild.com

On day 3 we centered our activities on learning to be patient with We Choose Virtues. Dennise told the story of Isaac having to dig 3 wells until he found water. He waited patiently until God provided water for Isaac’s household. You can find the story of Isaac in Genesis 26:15-22.

After the story, Dennise played our “True-False Paddle Game”.  We have orange & green paddles for this game.  When the statement is true, kids should hold up the green side of the paddle. If it’s false, show the orange paddle.

 True - False Paddle Game to review stories & other concepts ~ HowToHomeschoolMyChild.com

The Paddle Game is a quick & easy way to see if the kids remember a story or understand a concept being taught. And the paddles are super-easy to make. Cut out orange & green circles from foam board.  Glue them together with a craft stick in the middle as a handle.

Next, Taylor explained the memory verse about patient. I found decent pictures to illustrate the Scripture, so it was easy to explain the verse, using the pictures.  We also tied the story to the memory verse.

Fun way to practice memory verses in a group - We Choose Virtues ~ recommended by HowToHomeschoolMyChild.com

After reading the verse together several times, Taylor began taking down one card at a time.  In the afternoon, the neighborhood kids asked to take all the cards down after reading it 4-5 times.  Taylor left the Scripture references on the board and they were able to say it just fine.

Memory Verse review games - HowToHomeschoolMyChild.com

We had a contest to see if the boys or girls could say the verse loudest. Every time this week, the boys won our memory verse contest.

VBS Bible Crafts with Memory Verse from HowToHomeschoolMyChild.com

For our craft, we made water wells (from cups) with water drops coming out of the well. On the water drops were the words to the verse.  Each child strung the water drops together with yarn, taping them in place. Once they finished, they taped the yarn inside the water well cup and put all the water drops inside, also.

Patient Bible Craft prep - Water wells to go with We Choose Virtues ~ recommended by HowToHomeschoolMyChild.com

In the morning, we didn’t have enough time for the kids to color, cut & string the water drops together. So, we recruited some help to cut out water drops for the afternoon VBS.  During our teen girls Bible study with girls from the orphanage, the girls cut out water drops as we heard Courtney share about being content.

Patient Popsicles to go along with Patient Parenting Card from We Choose Virtues ~ recommended by HowToHomeschoolMyChild.com

Our snack was a push-up popsicle. Some were extremely frozen so the kids had to be patient for the popsicle to soften and eat.  A fun way to learn patience.

We ended our VBS with a treat from Nelson Ingram, former Texas A&M yell leader. Nelson shared several verses about being patient while he had problems with his leg. In fact, he had to wait 7 years to work through issues with his legs.

 Former Aggie yell leader teaches kids in El Salvador how to "Gig 'em Aggie" ... whoop!

After encouraging the kids to be patient, Nelson taught the kids how to do an Aggie yell. For those of you that aren’t from Texas or you’re unfamiliar with Texas A&M, Aggies yell; they don’t cheer.  So, here’s how we yell . . .

In summary, here’s what we did for teaching patience:

  • We Choose Virtues Patient Parenting Card (includes virtue, memory verse, catchphrases)
  • Story of Isaac digging wells –
  • Craft – Water Well Cups, with memory verse on water drops
  • Snack – Popsicles
  • Songs – Content song from We Choose Virtues to review yesterday’s virtue
  • Fun – Learned an Aggie yell, “Gig ’em”

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  • How you are teaching your kids that particular virtue
  • How you struggle with that particular virtue
  • Thoughts about going on a family mission trip

Here are links to each of the SHIP VBS posts. Leave a comment on a different post, every day! You’ll get a 10 point entry for every comment.

Day 1: We Choose Virtues – Learning to Be Diligent

Day 2: We Choose Virtues – Learning to Be Content

Day 3: We Choose Virtues – Learning to Be Patient

Day 4: FREE Bible Lessons for Kids – Diligent

Day 5: FREE Bible Lessons for Kids – Content

Day 6: FREE Bible Lessons for Kids – Patient

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  1. Both my children and I need more work on patience. I actually purchased “We Choose Virtues” about a year ago and haven’t used it yet. This has inspired me to get it out and get started.

    1. Charlene,
      I think you will really like WCV, once you start using it. While I was in El Salvador, I realized I how often I was NOT patient. Teaching patience made me aware of changes I needed to make. Even changes as small as waiting for my phone to upload an image…

  2. I have a 13 year old and a 6 year old. Their age difference makes teaching patience a daily activity in our house, and a virtue they will both carry with them the rest of their lives. Having them work together helps with this lesson.

    1. I think we can all use a little more patience. At least, I always need more patience. We live in an “instant” society & want everything now. Your children will be blessed to learn patience at an early age.

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