Thursday, March 17, 2011

Grace

I don't really want to admit to how many times this week I have let my words cut like a knife. I could blame it on pregnancy hormones like a lot of people do. I could just go on and not apologize or acknowledge the broken spirit of my little ones. Over spilled sugar or a messy room. What will these things matter, if the house is perfect or not now. What will it matter, when they are grown. My nature wants to get the house clean from top to bottom before the baby arrives.  Yet it is sin nature. The two that I have here with me now need time and love and attention. Not me scrubbing every inch of  the house only  to be busy with the baby later. I will not just blame it on hormones.  How do you fix a broken spirit????
Only by his grace are we forgiven.

As my daughters walk along side me learning to keep our home. I want them to approach it with joy in their hearts. If I am the example I can't blame hormones I must demonstrate love. As I am teaching them I must also learn. Learn to let some things go. It is more important for us to sit and read than for the floor to be swept, it will get done.
Lord lead me as I follow.
So as the dust gets thicker, as the laundry gets higher and as they grow. I will build their spirits, I will lead in love. We will read, we will play, we will discover, we will love............

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Servanthood

One of my favorite blogs to read is Raising Homemakers I wanted to encourage you to take a look today. Especially at this post written by a young lady. I shared it with my girls and thought you might want to share it with your young ladies too.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Learning in the Moment

It doesn't snow very often in Ga. I remember on the rare occasion that the beautiful white stuff would fall from the sky.  When I was in school,  I would be so upset that we had to sit and look at those ugly walls and could not go out and enjoy it.  As soon as the final bell would ring. You know the snow had already stopped falling.

Well there isn't any snow falling here today. When it did this year and last year, you know where we were. .....That's right outside enjoying it. 

Today it is a beautiful spring day. It began with a light sprinkle of rain. When my girls went to the window there were American Robins, at any window they chose to look out.

These are the kind of homeschooling days that I love.  After our Bible lesson we grabbed our bird books and our Draw Write Now and learned about the American Robin and both girls drew a picture with some copy work at the bottom to add to their notebooks.
Now ordinarily we would have stayed on schedule and covered Reading, LA, and Math then on to our state study of the New England States that got started from a FIAR book.

Just this week my 6yo had told me 3 or 4 different times, that she wanted to study birds, butterflies, flowers and Indians. We have studied Indians before, so I started gathering all the books on birds, butterflies, & flowers that I could find.
We started on the butterflies yesterday and touched on the birds today. It may sound like I'm jumping around a lot, but actually I'm not. You see the state study will tie right back in since each state has state symbols and most of them include a bird or butterfly or flower of some kind.  As a matter of fact one of the New England States, Conn. state bird is the American Robin.

After,  there was still plenty of time for Math, LA, etc....

We are on routine that we usually do stick to. I also think it is just as important to teach a lesson when they are interested. I love to read a book and then when they begin to ask questions go off on a rabbit trail of learning whatever they are interested in.  Do you think a child will learn more from the same thing each day or from what they are really interested in at the time.

This is another reason I am so thankful to homeschool.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Time4Learning

  • I've been invited to try Time4Learning for one month in exchange for a candid curriculum review. Time4Learning can be used as an online homeschooling program or afterschool tutorial. Be sure to come back and read about my experience.