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Do you have a Mentor?

First The Photo:  Do you recognize where this lighthouse is from?  Hint number one:  It is located in the state that has the most lighthouses in the country.  Hint number two: It is not on an ocean shore.  Have you figured it out?

Second The Questions:  Do you have a person that serves as a guiding light in your life?  Someone who guides you in your decisions?  Talk to an adult and learn about the mentors in their life.  Most people have learned from someone else along the way.  Mentors can be very important people who support and encourage us along life’s path.

Third Next Steps:  Our third Explore Galore Kids Book:   The Guiding Light of Others available here, is a wonderful, in-depth exploration of the mentors in our lives.  It helps children of all ages begin to talk about the people in their lives who love and support them.  This book is a moving journey for parents to take with their children as they begin to explore how mentors can serve as guiding lights throughout our entire life.

Discuss:  Look up where lighthouses are located.  Talk about why they exist.  They were meant to show weary travelers that land was close by, but navigate with care.  What do you think people on ships were feeling when they finally saw the light of land?  What do you think life was like living for many weeks and months in the close quarters of a ship? Can you imagine the important role that lighthouses served back in the day of ocean travel?  What do you think it was like to live in a lighthouse?  How was there light in the tower before electricity was discovered?  Don’t know the answers to these questions?  Look them up?  Go deeper, learn together.  Find the closest lighthouse to your home and plan a road trip.

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The Colors of Me

 

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First the Picture:  For this photo don’t focus on where it was taken, instead try to guess what is happening in this photo?  Have you ever been to a similar event? Have you ever seen such brilliant color?

Second the Question:  Think of the colors in your life.  If joy was a color, which would it be?  If anger glowed a brilliant hue what would you imagine it as?  If you tried to describe your feelings as colors can you name each emotion and a matching shade?  Sometimes it is easier to discuss feelings if you can identify them as a color and then try to describe or show their intensity through color.

Third Next Steps: Summertime is a time of brilliant colors; in flowers, butterflies, birds, sunshine, translucent waters and intense greens.  It can be a wonderful segway for kids to see colors in the world and use them to identify their feelings.  Start by taking a walk out through nature.  Notice the colors in the world.  Point out each color and try to talk about what emotion each color represents to you. Use lots of descriptive words and then help then identify what emotion each color represents for them.  There are no wrong answers, and even the youngest children can add in their input.

Create:  When you get home make a color jar..take an old recycled water bottle or a small jelly jar.  Fill it half way with oil..any type: sunflower oil, vegetable oil..or baby oil is the best since it is virtually clear.  Then add a few drops of food coloring.  Let your child pick the color.  Once you have the oil dyed the color they like.  Fill the rest of the bottle with water.  Glue on the top.  This is a great “emotion bottle”  When your child gets angry or upset have them shake shake shake the bottle until the water and oil blends.  Then tell them to hold the bottle, sit quietly and wait to talk until the colored oil and clear water completely separate .  This is a great visual way for children to “count to ten”  It basically gives them time to calm their emotions and bring themselves back to center, while giving them a distraction to watch that is calming as well.  Enjoy!

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