On Fridays, I try to make the girls' school work load a little lighter so they can do some art and other fun projects that are also disguised as learning. This week has been particularly busy and when Shawna asked if they were having art class that afternoon, I told her I didn't have time to put together a project. She's a bit older now and since she often gets her school work done ahead of the others, I asked her to get an art project together that all the girls could do. I was quite proud of her when she came up with this idea of making dolls out of the basic shapes of circles, squares, rectangles and triangles. Not only that, it was also a lesson on fine motor as they used their cutting skills plus learning their colors. All of these areas most of the girls need work on. It's always better if you can combine it as a fun learning tool. Great job Shawna!!
We are the Rippee family! We manage and are house parents in a home for older orphaned girls in China. It's called the Forever Home, and it is a project of New Day Foster Home. Like all foreign workers at NDFH, we receive no salary for our work, so if you would like to support our family's living expenses, please click the button below to donate through PayPal. Donations are tax-deductible. To learn more about the Forever Home and ways you can directly support this work, please visit New Day Foster Home's website.
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Elise was adopted at the age of 3 years old as a special needs child by Randy and Rita Rippee, managers and house parents of this Forever Home. Elise is home- schooled and really loves music, cooking, arts and crafts, and enjoys being the big, older sister to the Forever Home girls.
Shawna was adopted at the age of 1 year old as a special needs child by Randy and Rita Rippee, managers and house parents of this Forever Home. Shawna is home-schooled and is good at piano, arts and crafts, and thoroughly enjoys playing with the Forever Home girls.
Elizabeth was adopted at the age of 10 years old as a special needs child by Randy and Rita Rippee, managers and house parents of this Forever Home. Elizabeth is home-schooled and loves the outdoors, computers, bike riding, and crafts.
THE FOREVER HOME GIRLS
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