The Positives and Negatives
Conversations with the children that turn the club into a negative:
--"I know how to ride my bicycle. Can I have the Bicycle Badge?" (For any who are completely unfamiliar with Keepers of the Faith Club, much more is required to earn a badge. Like usually some reading and, you know, learning something. The Bike Badge, for example, requires that the participant learn the names of the parts of the bike, be able to properly clean the bike, have the ability to repair the inner tube of the bike tire, and complete a 5-mile bike ride.)
--"Daddy, will you just play one more game of Chess with me tonight? I have to play 10 games. TODAY. I MUST DO IT TODAY!"
--"Will you please get me all the materials I need to knit a sweater today? Oh, and maybe later Dad could build me a dollhouse, so I can begin working to earn my Miniatures Badge."
--"Today I'm going to make drop cookies, molded cookies, rolled cookies, bar cookies, and filled cookies. Do you have any ice cream for my filled cookie?"
Although I will have to dig through all the literature, I'm pretty sure the children are permitted to earn a badge about character traits. I think perhaps patience will be the first we work on.
--Alex did the dishes yesterday.
--Jacob read a whole book about chess yesterday.
--The kids are taking the initiative to take on projects listed in the book.
--The kids are excited about something that involves...shhhh...learning stuff.
--Both Mark and I are spending special time with the kids working on these projects.
--The kids are helping each other. Alex played Chess with Jacob today. She also helped Audrey with her Puzzle Badge.