Friday, February 11, 2011

Beautiful Girlhood

I always have so much I want to write about--pages N pages of essays, stacks of books, and even some movies!  But it seems like I make it here last. . . .well, not totally last. . .our family blog gets even fewer visits from me--what's wrong with that?

Anyway. . .

I am helping out at my husband's school this year by teaching two Bible classes--the Little Kids and the Jr. and Sr. High girls.  The girls are reading the book Beautiful Girlhood and going through The Companion Guide to BEAUTIFUL GIRLHOOD.

I love the areas of girlhood that we are studying:  A Rose Bud Opens (the young girl growing up into a lady--these girls are not quite there yet, though they long to act and be treated as if they are), Keeping Up Acquaintance, The Strength of Obedience, Watch Your Tongue!, A Sunny Disposition, Friendships, An Accomplished Girl, The Oils of Life.

Not only are the girls learning but so I am.  As well as being challenged in areas that I already know but am lax or forgetful about.

The last two chapters we studied were A Conversation on Dress and When a Girl Goes Out.  The movie The Inheritance is such a good illustration of what we were/have been studying that we started watching the movie in class this week.

Of course the principal of our school insisted that this also be a learning time so we had a discussion afterward and the girls had a test over everything.  I'm going to include a couple here because the girls did such a good job on their essays.

Using examples from The Inheritance, write an essay explaining 3 traits of a young lady that we have studied in Bible class. 

In the movie, The Inheritance, a young lady named Edyth shows good examples of traits we have been learning about in Bible Class.  One example is her sunny disposition.  At one point in the movie, Edyth is insulted by a mean girl named Ida.  When Ida insults her, Edyth does not snap back, she brushes it off, and continues to have a good attitude.

Another good example is that Edyth is an accomplished girl.  She has many things which she is good at.  She can ride a horse just as well (if not better) than any man in the area.  She knows how to sew, and do patchwork.  She plays the piano beautifully.  The accomplishments Edyth has are useful.

Finally, Edyth knows the proper way to act around men, and when she goes out she keeps to herself most of the time.  When she does speak to men, or when she is around men, she does not flirt or act silly.  Ida, on the other hand, behaves in a very improper way when she is around men.  She is very bold, and flirtatious, causing herself embarrassment.

Edyth is a good example of how a girl should act.  She knows how to keep a good attitude, use her skills wisely, and behave properly around others.
~~by Sarah Crowder (our daughter)

In The Inheritance 3 traits of a young lady were discussed.  First, a girl should always carry the oil of kindness.  She should always have kind things to say and love everyone.  A young lady should not want to take revenge.  Teasing and rude comments should not bother her.  Finally, she should love and care for her family and friends with all her heart.

Second a young girl should always have a sunny disposition.  Making others feel comfortable and happy should be her goal.  Her happy and cheery attitude should have a positive effect on others.  She should have an urge to serve others and make their burdens light. Having this trait makes everyone's lives more enjoyable.

Finally a proper young lady should dress modestly.  Showing cleavage or too much skin can be a danger.  Boys/men can get the wrong idea.  You should want people to know you by your heart and not your outward appearance.   By dressing modestly and according to God's Word you will please and glorify Him.
~~by Satria

The first trait exhibited from Edith is a sunny disposition.  She is always cheery and happy.  Even when she was tested with Ida's mocking, Edith still proved to be patient and kind.

Another trait Edith showed was politeness in public.  When she accidentally bumped into James, she did not flirt or linger to talk with him.  She acted as a modest lady, offered her handkerchief to clean his face, and was on her way.  Little did she know, her politeness would be rewarded with a visit from James.  (Saw that one coming! hah)

Lastly, Edith's ambitions were pure.  She knew her place in the Hamilton's house and did not want to take advantage of their kindness.  One of her friends told her that she needed her own piano, but she politely disagreed because she knew there are more important things.

Needless to say, there are great things in store for Edith.  Her good and noble character has brought these great circumstances in her life.
~~by Alia

I thought it was interesting that all three girls mentioned A Sunny Disposition but they talked about different aspects of that trait.  I hope they are learning these lessons themselves and seeing a difference in their worlds because of who they are becoming!  I know there are changed things in my life as a result of studying Beautiful Girlhood.

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