You can best serve your children by teaching them service. They can be taught to do chores that help the family. I truly believe doing chores helps build self esteem.
Children should be taught Magnanimity- Generosity or nobility of mind or greatness of spirit. Brought about by high thinking and lowly living. The child learns to think great thoughts, but is also generous to overlook insult or injury. He is not too good to do lowly chores.
Practically, this can be taught by:
- Learning to share when it is hard
- Teaching about Jesus--serving and humility
- acting out historical events
- pretending to be historical characters
- draw and collect things having to do with nature: rocks, leaves, bugs, etc.
- learn to identify birds, flowers, weeds and so forth [a bird feeder and a field guide can be a lot of help]--I like the Peterson series.
- listen to great music and learn to identify composers and/or instruments
- learn to identify great art works
- do some gardening
- making doll clothes
- make and perform a play or puppet show
- helping younger sibling to get dressed, put away toys
- have picnics
- teach child to make a simple lunch
- sweep floors
- raise children to appreciate God's creation
- have child plan and carry out a tea party
- have child making something for the family such as a wooden door stop, or pot holder
- keep the porch swept and clean
- Playing marbles or hop scotch--games that require thinking and coordination and cooperation
- and so on and so on...
[Kari weaving on a popcycle loom]sibling, cleaning the toilet, etc. Keep the idea of magnanimity in mind and you can't go wrong. Something important to do-isn't that what we all want? To do something important?
Some books I recommend for young children for art and music appreciation...
Child Nature Book I Like
Animals in Art
Enjoying Art with Children
Bernstein Favorites [music appreciation]
Childs Book of Art