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Designer Genes Devo – Page 260 – “Meaningful Music”

What’s the first song you ever learned? Was it “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”? Maybe “Itsy, Bitsy Spider”? Or how about “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”? I’m not exactly sure what my first song was but I’m pretty sure “Jesus Loves Me” was one of my early tunes!

Have you ever noticed that music is a big part of a baby’s life, especially soft, comforting and happy songs? That’s because music can really influence our feelings, our development and even our health. And as we grow up, our personalities also have an effect on the types of music we enjoy or choose to listen to.

But music is kind of like food, so we have to choose wisely and pay attention to how our music influences us. Just as eating the wrong things can make you feel sick, cause you to put on too much weight or even poison you, making poor choices about your music can influence you toward wrong thoughts, bad behaviour, and negative attitudes.

You’ll find some helpful tips on choosing good music in this chapter of Designer Genes, especially in the daily Bible readings. Be sure to do the devotions each day and to write down your responses!

Now it’s time for a little quiz! 😀 Do you know what this is called?

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It’s a staff (or stave) and it “holds” musical notes and other symbols. And these…?

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That’s a treble clef on the left and a bass clef on the right.

If you want to learn more about some basic music theory (or if you just need a review), I found a pretty good site that could be helpful: http://neilhawes.com/sstheory/theory02.htm.

Of course, you don’t have to know anything about music to enjoy listening to it… or singing it! The Bible, especially in the Psalms, tells us to praise God with songs… and it doesn’t say we have to have great voices! Who cares if you’d never become the next American Idol?

God loves to hear you sing, especially when your words and music honour Him!

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Ann-Margret

BONUS! Here’s a word search puzzle about musical instruments. Enjoy! 😀

And if you want to have some fun with music, check out Morton Subotnick’s Creating Music site!

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Designer Genes Devo – Page 255 – “Good ‘Ad’vice”

What’s your favourite TV commercial? I think this one is really cute:

The little girl makes me smile every time she says, “I luv you.” 😀 But did you know that I had to really search on the Internet to find that video clip because I couldn’t remember the name of the juice being advertised?

That happens to me a lot. I often pay close attention to commercials because I either enjoy the music, the situation or how pretty/cool/funny it looks. But I usually can’t tell you what brand or product is being advertised. (Nope, I’ve never bought or tried Cool Quenchers!) I think that might be because I’m older and I’ve learned to ignore the products… but that doesn’t mean I don’t still get influenced by ads!

About a month ago I saw an Old Navy commercial for pretty fall sweaters… and a week later I went to Old Navy and actually looked for one of the sweaters in the ad… and bought it! (It was the last one they had, and it was in my size!) I hate to admit this, but I’ve only worn it once. I think it’s really pretty but somehow I keep thinking that it just doesn’t go with any of the skirts or pants I have. Thankfully the sweater wasn’t super expensive but it was kind of silly of me to make that impulse buy, wasn’t it? I’m sure I’ll wear it again a few times, but I didn’t need the sweater. I was influenced by a TV commercial. If I had never seen the commercial, I wouldn’t have even know the sweater existed!

Studies show that during four hours of television, about 100 commercials are shown! And really young kids can’t tell the difference between a commercial and a TV program (I didn’t know that!), so they don’t realize that commercials are trying to sell something to them. 

The truth is: companies are spending lots and LOTS of money to try to get kids and teens to buy their stuff. I just read that Sports Illustrated for Kids has ads for minivans. Um, hello?! Seems crazy, right, because I’m sure you don’t know any 12-year-olds who can buy a minivan! Aha… but did you know that kids have a really strong influence on their parents and what they buy? Yup!

Remember when you were little and you’d be at the store with your mom? “Mommy, I want these cookies! Can I have this cereal? Mommy, can you buy me this doll? Mom, I want this! Mommmmmmmy, I really really really waaaaaaaant this toy! Pleeeeeeeeeeeease? Pleasepleasepleaseplease????? But Mom I WANT IT!!!!!!

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I’m sure you didn’t always get every thing you want (and probably still don’t) but you’ve probably influenced your parents a little bit about what to buy. And that’s probably because you’ve been influenced by commercials and advertisements!

Don’t forget: TV, magazines and billboards are not the only places we see ads. There are also tons of ads on the Internet that we may not really notice, but our brains are still influenced (even mine)!

Be sure to read this week’s chapter in Designer Genes to learn some interesting facts about how we are affected by ads… and don’t forget to read the daily Bible verses to help you be more careful about how you are influenced by messages you hear and see.

Ann-Margret

P.S. Here are the answers to last week’s quiz about famous animals! The cats: Garfield, Felix, Sylvester. The dogs: Goofy, Scooby Doo, Lassie. The rest: Daffy Duck, Roo, Nemo, and Remi (from Ratatouille!) 😀

Designer Genes Devo – Page 247 – “Furry, Feathery Friends”

Who doesn’t like animals? I can’t imagine anyone not liking at least some kind of animal!

My personal favourites are giraffes and bunnies. Okay, I admit that giraffes are not soft and cuddly like rabbits are but, come on… how can you resist this face? 😀

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I have lots of giraffes in my office (not real ones!), including this adorable poster of a mom and baby giraffe:

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(That’s a corner of my office where I do crafts and sewing.) 😀

Remember the horse and cat who became friends (go back to my post from two weeks ago)? Some animals are cute, some are strong, some are fast, some are huge, some are noisy, some are funny (have you ever watched penguins walking or dogs chasing their tails?)… but they were all designed and created by God! Why not take a moment to thank God for all the interesting animals He made?

Lana, a lovely 7-year-old in my Sunday School class, says she likes dogs most of all, especially the ones who look like toys. At the zoo, her favourite animal is the seal. She remembers when she used to live in Croatia and her grandfather took her to the zoo. One day, a boy was playing with a rubber yoyo when it broke. The clever seal they were watching at that moment threw the toy back to the boy!

I thought you might like to see some cute pictures of animals that Lana drew for me:

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Don’t forget to read the devotions in this week’s Designer Genes chapter! You might be surprised to see how much you can learn about animals from the Bible.

Before I sign off, let’s see if you can name these “famous” animals. I’ll give you the answers next Monday!

Cats…

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Dogs…

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and a few other well-known animals…

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Have a great week! And remember, if you have pets, take good care of them!

Ann-Margret

Designer Genes Devo – Page 242 – “Only One Earth”

Welcome back, girls! This week’s topic is the earth and the environment we live in.

I think it’s really great that so many kids these days are concerned about the environment, pollution, recycling, and saving our natural resources… and you probably know more about this topic than I did at your age because it’s become such an important issue in our society today.

But did you know…

  • recycling aluminum cans saves 75% of the energy needed to make them? That makes a far bigger difference in protecting the environment than choosing paper over plastic bags at the grocery (which is obviously a good thing, too!) And aluminum cans can be recycled over and over and over and over again!
  • more than 120,000 aluminum cans are recycled in the United States every minute?
  • in 1972 (the year I was born!) 53 millions pounds of aluminum cans were recycled? Sounds like a lot? Think again. These days, we recycle MORE than that amount… in one week!
  • about 40,000 trees are cut down every day to produce the newsprint that Canadian newspapers are printed on? (That’s just in Canada… that number would be MUCH higher in the United States!)
  • in Regina (the capital city of Saskatchewan, Canada), the “Big Blue Bin Paper Recycling Program” saves 5,000 trees every month?
  • plastic that ends up in a landfill can take up to 400 years to break down?
  • some types of plastic bottles can be recycled into carpets, stuffing for pillows and sleeping bags, car parts, floor tiles and even t-shirts?

Okay, now what is this?

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Yup… it’s the symbol for recycling. Easy, right? But do you know what the technical term for it is? (I’m pretty sure most adults don’t know either… unless they’re really good in advanced math!) It’s called a Möbius Loop. (You can learn more about what a Möbius strip is and try a fun activity on the PBS Kids’ site here: Mobius Strip.)

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Three verses in the Bible remind us that we don’t actually own the world — God does. (Exodus 9:29, Psalm 24:1, and 1 Corinthians 10:26 all say “the Earth is the Lord’s.”) What does that say to you? Do you think it’s okay for us to be careless about the environment? Or do you think we’re responsible for taking care of this beautiful planet that God has generously given to us to live on?

Read this week’s chapter in Designer Genes to get some ideas on how you can help protect our environment… not just because it’s a smart thing to do, but especially because it pleases God when we take care of the things He has entrusted to us.

I’d love to hear about environment-friendly things you do! Here are just a few ways I try to reuse, reduce, and recycle:

  • I almost always save the wrapping paper and ribbon from gifts and use them again to wrap other gifts, or for other craft projects.
  • I cut out pretty or cute images from birthday and Christmas cards and use them to make gift tags.
  • I save nice pages from magazines and catalogues and make envelopes out of them. This is easy to do. Just take a regular envelope, carefully open up all the sides and use it as a template to trace its shape onto your page. Cut out the pattern, fold it, glue or tape the edges and you’re done! Here’s a picture of some mini-envelopes I made from a clothing catalogue… 

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  • When I buy something small from a store (such as gum, socks, or a CD) or when I rent a DVD, I tell the cashier that I don’t need a bag… and I just put the item in my purse or tote bag.

At some point today, take a minute to stand outside, take a look around you at the wonderful world God has created (believe me, you can do that even if you live in the big city like I do!) and thank Him for it. And then promise Him that you will be good to it!

One more fun link before we go: Trash to Treasure Crafts. Enjoy!

Ann-Margret

I just came across something that I’ve had in my files for a couple of years… and was surprised to realize that it goes with this week’s chapter! Enjoy! 😀 (And don’t forget to scroll down to read the first Designer Genes update if you haven’t seen it yet.)

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Here’s what the text says…

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How cute is this??? 😀

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