"Before you had a name or opened up your eyes|
Or anyone could recognize your face.
You were being formed so delicate in size
Secluded in God's safe and hidden place.
With your little tiny hands and little tiny feet
And little eyes that shimmer like a pearl
He breathed in you a song and to make it all complete
He brought the masterpiece into the world.
You are a masterpiece
A new creation He has formed
And you're as soft and fresh as a snowy winter morn.
And I'm so glad that God has given you to me
Little Lamb of God, you are a masterpiece.
And now you're growing up your life's a miracle
Everytime I look at you I stand in awe
Because I see in you a reflection of me
And you'll always be my little lamb from God
And as your life goes on each day
How I pray that you will see
Just how much your life has meant to me.
And I'm so proud of you
What else is there to say?
Just be the masterpiece He created you to be."
Masterpiece by Sandi Patty
Azriel John "Ace"|
Azriel, of Hebrew origin, "God is my help"
John, also of Hebrew origin,
"the Lord is gracious", a Gift of God
Born on a winter Sunday morning,
January 24th, 1999, 5:39 a.m. CT
at the St. Boniface General Hospital
in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
At birth he weighed 6 lbs. 14 oz.
and was 20 inches long.
Sunday, August 01, 2004
Sun, August 1, 2004
Imaginative children better in math: study
WATERLOO, Ont. -- Preschoolers who can tell a good story with a cast of imaginary characters are likely to be stronger in math skills a couple of years down the road, a recent study has found. The research, by University of Waterloo psychology professor Daniela O'Neill, is the first in nearly 20 years to establish the links between storytelling and math skills in young children.
Storytelling requires that the child arrange events into a logical sequence, describe the perspectives of the different characters and move back and forth between those characters -- all with vocabulary that can portray the events.
"This is not a simple task for children at all," she said.
But it's only certain parts of the complex skill that help predict the child's math skills later in life, O'Neill found.
SEEING THE STORY
Good storytelling is sometimes measured by how sophisticated the grammar is, or how long the sentences are. Yet those abilities by themselves don't have any connection to how well the child does in math later, O'Neill said.
What does matter is how well a child sees the story from the point of view of different characters, and "how the action moved from one character to the other," O'Neill said.