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For the past few weeks Yang and I have been working through the online lessons at Spirituality for Kids. Spirituality for Kids is a non-profit organization that provides online lessons via videos and a companion PDF workbook to teach kids to see challenges as opportunities, to reflect on their actions, to develop self-worth and instill a desire to make a difference in the world around them. Spirituality for Kids has simplified basic universal spiritual principles in the form of a game. Each video lesson/game has rules, goals, players and challenges, just like in the everyday "Game of Life."
"Give your children universal spiritual tools that help them realize their true potential and develop a sense of purpose in life."
As we start out we meet a young boy named Ari whom comes into a toy store, and like most boys and girls, Ari is idealistic, wide-eyed and even a little sarcastic. Upon meeting the toy shop owner, Mr. Why, Ari's sarcasm gets him in trouble.
Fortunately for Ari, Mr. Why sees an eagerness to learn within Ari and gives him a special game called the Game of Life. After Ari rushes home to play the game, he soon finds himself trapped in an alternate universe where he needs to learn the rules of the game in order to get back home.
Luckily for Ari, Mr. Why is there to guide him through the interactive game. Together with your boys and girls Ari discovers that everything he is learning in the game will help him in real life as well.
Yang and I both enjoyed working through the lessons. I've already begun to notice changes in her behavior as she stops to think of her actions before reacting at times. Doing the lesson on spirituality fulfillment was an interesting one. It took her a while to understand how the things she wants and needed make her feel, and the difference between the two. At 8 1/2 years old, she thinks she needs everything! I think that can be hard one for a lot of us though.
Being the youngest with a significance age gap from her sisters, Yang didn't have to share a lot when she was younger. It has always been something we have struggled with since she usually prefers to play alone. She is slowly becoming more aware of how others feel when we don't share, and how it makes us feel when we don't share with us.
When I received the email to see if I wanted to do a review of Spirituality for Kids, the email stated that it was best suited for kids 6 - 12 years old. Since Poppy is 13 I thought that she would be a little to old for it but I now plan to go back and start at the beginning with her. I think it can easily be adapted for both younger and older children. The exposure alone would be good for the younger ones.
While we've only been able to work on a handful of lessons so far, I believe I can see a new leaf being overturned! I can't wait to work through more of these lessons and see how Yang and Poppy grow.
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