Just Weight Till They Try This!

Weight or wait? Words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings are called homonyms. Usually they are two word homonyms such as the words wait and weight. Sometimes they can be three way homonyms such as the words two, to and too. Have your children try to think of other homonyms.

Today, let’s learn about both wait and weight. To wait, of course, means to have patience and let some time pass before the next action. You might cook a recipe with your children in which you have to wait to add ingredients, wait while it chills, wait for it to bake and then wait for it to cool off before eating it. Talk with them about the fact that waiting is an inevitable part of life; waiting in line at the bank, at the grocery store, to be seen by the pediatrician, for permission to leave the table, etc. Make a list of all the times you have to wait in your family.

Talk with them about waiting on the Lord- how when we pray and don’t always see instant results. Waiting with faith is another vital lesson for every child to learn. Talk about the difference between waiting impatiently and angrily, versus waiting quietly with expectancy.

Now let’s talk about weight. Weigh each of your children. Consider making a weight chart and keeping track of their weight over the next few months so they can see how much they’re actually growing. Perhaps this is a good time to talk about the relationship between good nutrition, exercise and body weight.

Have fun learning about different measures of weight. We weigh mail in ounces. Use a postal or kitchen scale, if you have one, to weigh varioius light objects. We weigh most things in pounds. Use a bathroom scale to weigh several different items. The British often refer to weight in stones. Has your child ever heard of that? 1 stone = 14 pounds. How much would your child weigh in stones? (weight/14= stones) How about kilograms? Many countries measure in kilos. 1 kilogram = 2.2 pounds. How many kilos does your child weigh? (weight/2.2= Kilos) This might be an appropriate time to introduce the concept of a ton. 1 ton = 2000 lbs. Large items are usually measured in tons. Point out a weight limit sign on a small bridge nearby.

Psalm 4:3

Isaiah 130:5

Proverbs 20:23


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