Lately, I've been reading some Montessori style books and thinking about training the girls in a different way. Recently we had a tea party where we were all on our very best behavior. It was a little over the top (Would you like some tea, miss? Why yes, thank you, madam.), but it gave them the opportunity to practice self-control. To speak slowly and deliberately, and to take turns. I was surprised by how well-behaved they were!
We also finished our tea party by listening to a Sparkle Story. These well crafted stories are so engaging - please do check them out! There is a significant difference in effort in listening to a story compared to watching a movie. The girls had to be quiet enough to hear the words, and you can just see their little minds at work picturing the story.