What does being gentle mean? “We Choose Virtues” sums it up well for us: being gentle means speaking quietly and touching softly. We should be gentle with our mouth and our hands.
Music and Movement Games
- We practiced playing softly and LOUDLY with our drums and egg shakers
- We took turns calling out the way to play with our instruments
- We played with our mini-cymbals while marching up and down. Little’s T current favorite phrase, which comes from a Cherub Wings video, provides a wonderful example for soft and loud sound: “Praise the Lord with booming cymbals: BOOOOOM!” Ouch in BOOOOOM!
- We moved to music, depending on what it was “telling” us to do. Our favorite is this song from Little Sir’s Milk and Cookies CD. We sway in the slow and quiet parts, and we bounce in the bouncy parts.
Soft and Loud Voices
We practiced using our soft and loud voices by talking with:
- our regular voices,
- whispering, and then
“Play with Me” by Marie Hall Ets is another “Before Five in a Row” book that we enjoyed reading together. It’s about a girl who wants to play with the different animals around a pond, but is frustrated when they all run away from her. At the end, she realizes that the secret to making the animals come near her is to be still, to be gentle in her movements.