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August 24, 2010

Spirit Tree

DSC_0003One of my goals for the summer was to teach my boys the fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23.  I got the idea to create a Spirit Tree from a friend of mine.

I actually took a class in college where I had to create a bulletin board for a grade (I got an A).   So I decided put that degree to work and make a visual display in a prominent place in our house.

I also put my husband's talents to work and had him write a song to help us remember the fruit of the Spirit.

We are still working out the kinks but basically, we work on one fruit at a time.  When I catch one of my boys displaying the fruit we are working on, I tell them to put their picture on the fruit.  We also try to talk about that fruit as we go throughout our day.

Love was kind of hard to teach because it is kind of all encompassing (you know, without love you are a clanging cymbal or a resounding gong, 1 Corinthians 13:1).  When we talked about Joy we focused on whining (or actually, not whining).  This too was a rather difficult concept for a 5 year old and a 2 year old to grasp even though they do whine a lot, I think it was too much of a stretch from the word joy. 

So this week we moved on to Peace.  I know this is a stretch but in order to make peace understandable for preschoolers we talked about being a peacemaker.  Let's just say that teachable moments have been more than abundant.  We may stay on this fruit for a while because there is a lot of fighting that goes on in this house.  

Please leave me a comment if you have any good ideas on how to relate some of the other fruits to my preschoolers. 


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I was going to mention the Music Machine posted earlier. My kids, now grown, loved it. On one occasion my son went to a neighbors house. She offered him Krispy Kreme doughnuts. He ate two, when asked if he wanted a third he replied NO, I am practicing self control!!

Oh wow...your tree looks better than mine did;)

Glad you could find a way to use the idea! That's awesome!

Hi Holly-

I did a whole fruit of the spirit camp with my girls 3 summers ago. Call me sometime and I'll share the ideas that worked for us! The girls liked it so much that they still talk about it. The past 2 summers we have done something similar with The Armor of God (much harder concepts!). Your boys will remember these good times!

It is amazing how much kids can comprehend. I don't think you are choosing things that are too far of a stretch. If you raise the bar, they will rise to it.

Have you ever heard of The Music Machine? It was produced in the 70's. Lots of albums with hokey tunes that teach the truths of the Bible. There is one album that is completely devoted to the fruits of the spirit. We have been able to use the songs to help teach the principles because they know the songs so well at this point. I am sure Pastor and you won't find them musically deep but they are cute and pretty helpful.

Keep up the great work! BTW - we are just starting to work on tithing with our 4 year old. I went to Target and bought 3 votive holders and we are using them after she earns money for doing chores. It is fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

I love this website:http://impressyourkids.org/tag/fruit-of-the-spirit/ She has such good ideas to go along with yours. I love crafts so they're are craft and food ideas also! Lisa

I learned a song a GA camp when I was younger about the fruit of the spirit and i remember that song today!

it goes

-the fruit of the spirit's not a coconut ("knock,knock" on your head mimicking a coconut)
-Fruit of the spirit's not a coconut "knock knock"
- if you wanna be a coconut "knock knock" well you can't be a fruit of the spirit,
-because the fruits are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfullness, gentleness, and self controllll,
-love, joy, peace patience kindness goodness faithfulness gentleness and self controllll.

then you insert different fruits (ie- Banana and you put your hands over your head and lean back to pretend to be a banana/ grape we clumped up into groups/ lemons we squished up our faces) you get the idea.

great song! hope this helps!

Great visual idea for kids!

I read on a blog once about the many uses for a timer. For instance, if your child wants something, but it is not time for it, you can set the timer and tell them they can ask again when the timer goes off. This seems like a practical way to practice patience with a preschooler.

Perhaps kindness can be taught in a similar way with using good manners. You could also use the timer when you are trying to teach your child to say "please" or another manner. If they do not say please the first time, then you set the timer and tell them they can ask again correctly when the timer goes off. (Again teaching patience!)

My son is too young to implement these yet, but I think they seem like practical ways to teach ideas to young ones.

Thanks for your blog! I love it!

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