Sunday, March 8, 2009

Princess Academy

A girl can be more casual
When sitting her jeans and tees,
But any time you're in a dress,
Be sure to close your knees!

On Friday my sister, Maria, babysat while I taught art masterpiece at the Princess' school. When I came back to pick up the kids, Maria told me that one of her teachers, for the big Stake Activity Day (for 75 girls 8-11 years old) that she was in charge of on Saturday, was unable to teach. The theme for the 4 hour long activity day was A Royal You. The classes were: A Royal Me (making a paper bag journal), A Royal Family (A Family Home Evening Lesson "I want to live like Abinadi...Except for the Fire Part"), Fit for A Queen (learning about exercise and nutrition), Royal Treasure (making a Tiffany style stamped necklace, from a washer, that said "Faith" or "Royal"), and Pretty as a Princess. She asked if I could teach the "Pretty as a Princess" class the next day. She said I could teach anything I wanted to, I just needed to teach the same 30 minute lesson, five times.

I just have to say, I ROCKED IT! (Humbly, of course.) I have been concerned about my own young women (12 and 13 years old), and feeling like we need to have Charm School. I decided that I'd teach "Princess Lessons" and give them tips on posture, bearing, hygiene, and etiquette. I have an old book from 1949 called Your Manners are Showing by Betty Betz. It has darling pictures and cute poems for many dating and social situations. I started with her pictures and then made poems up that would be more pertinent to younger girls today. (I did use some of her poems, but often they used odd expressions like "rude beyond the pale" and words like Lad were tossed around. ) I stayed up until 2 am, writing my lesson, making a slide show, and typing up a handout. But it turned out great. It was fun, fast paced, interactive, and the girls were all actively engaged!

If you need a super cute lesson on manners, just let me know, and I'll be glad to email you my pictures and poems!


Crazymamaof6 said...

sounds fun!

william said...

You did ROCK! Thanks for saving me by sweeping in at the last minute and I can't wait to use your lesson sometime... even if it's for your Young Women :) You're the best!!!

Are You Serious! said...

♥ Fun stuff. I need to come uup with something to do for Actvity days. :)

julie said...

Yes, I would love your picture and poems. I'm the Activity Days leader in my ward and that sounds like a really fun activity. And to answer your question....No my life really isn't that exciting to really post anything to my blog. hehe. :) I'll post about our girls trip here shortly.

devri said...

How fun.. Question though?

Is there anything you can't do..

YOU seriously Rock Woman.

Morris Family Journal said...

You really are supercool, Hotmama! Thanks for commenting on my blog. I'm excited to try your Ranch Chicken recipe! Yum!! :)

Daryl said...

Oh that is such a clever little poem and I love the illustration ... perfect to catch the pre-teens/be-teens attention.

KATE said...

How fun!

Michelle said...

I'm sure your lesson was great and what a much needed topic in today's world. How do all the kids these days seem totally oblivious to those kinds of things?

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

You amaze me. I'm in Relief Society but I'd love to have a copy. Who knows when I'll be recycled. lws at byu dot net. Would it be okay if I passed your ideas on to my daughter who's an activity days leader?

You can post all the blossom pictures you want. Ours will come, I'm just so weary of winter and of other things too. Today was a bad day for me. You helped cheer me up. Bless you.

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