My darling Sophie turned 7 this week.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Friday, December 16, 2016
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Monday, August 1, 2016
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Raising young men, Sons of our God and King is a serious business. There is no help from outside our home walls only temptation to them and to us as parents. We chose to homeschool our children, I am still homeschooling today with three more bright minds who long and search this earth for interest, fun and meaning. We never wanted to isolate them but we did believe we were to insulate them against the cold, hard world outside. Insulation laced with truth and love and grace.
How could a child cope in this world without knowing the ultimate truth that they are loved and called to be the chosen of the one true God. Knowledge that was so often too lofty for them to appreciate and put into practice yet day by day yet we continue to uplift them in prayer and instruction.
It has been said:
A strong home culture of faith and love gives strength to resist the powerful draw of a secular world
- Sally Clarkson
This weekend we celebrate Budd graduating from our minimum education standard here at home. He will go on yet to College but this weekend will mark the half way mark for us. Three high school graduates and three more to go. God give me the strength and grace and the Love!
Just for fun because, sometimes, you have to just laugh .....
Monday, May 30, 2016
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Yesterday one of the children noticed that our favourite tree, a Liquid Amber Tree, has started to change colour just here and there and to drop leaves! Autumn! Praise God!
I adore this season but then again, I love the change in seasons in general. I am so grateful how I'm ready for the next season and that no matter how hot, cold, wet or dry the season we are in, there is the promise from God's Word that the seasons will continue and not stop until He comes again! What hope, joy and peace that fills me with today.
While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
Our school morning was a good one. Jedidiah turning 10 this year is settling down nicely to be able to work and understand so much more independently this year. He is pleased with himself too which enables a very confident and contented work table time! As always, the pets love the morning routine also. Sophie lays at or on my feet each day. If I move to get a glass of water so does she and so on ....
This year we are focussing more on unit study work each alternate week. This week Phoebe is studying the history of written music and Emmeline has completed a unit on Canines. We use good books, authorised internet sites and prepared unit studies were available. The girls are able to read, learn, structure reports and illustrate their subjects. It's fantastic to see them delving into a subject and gleaning and writing what they learn - all the while in a quiet and peaceful environment. Homeschooling is not for all, I thank God He enabled me to do it. It's the first thing to go out the door when troubles hit but I've come to know to hold off criticism, think on the issues, pray and seek the Lord for wisdom. Each time He shows me Homeschooling isn't the problem, I am.
This is Mittens. He puts himself in the closest school basket and camps there the entire morning. Funny cat. As a book is completed for the morning it is piled on top of him .. he doesn't move.
Monday, February 8, 2016
Monday, February 1, 2016
We have started our new school year today. This year marks 17 years of homeschooling for me. I have graduated three students and am grateful that they all went on to tertiary study and full time employment in Nursing, I.T and Hospitality. This morning my three "littles" begin Level 4, 6 and 7 respectively!
It's always nice to have had a break and to recharge, get in new pens and pencils, books and folders and dive back in for a new year.
By the end of each year all finished books are filed and school reports generated and grades noted for each child. I like to do this to keep me interested and abreast of how each child is coping and tracking. If I'm going to take the responsibility of their education I should do a good job! It always encourages me in doing this because I see just what they have accomplished throughout the year and so does Mathew. I've simplified the work boxes for this year. Easy go to storage space in our former library area - now a make shift bedroom.
This morning I found hard to motivate me but one thing at a time and I found my feet. This is my laundry room in full swing with a pile for everything and all things ready and waiting for their next action. This is OK with me. It's never ALL done but it's in a priority pile and being processed.
Oh, and my trust crockpot - love it so much! - is on and smelling fine. This year sees two of the children begin a weekly activity outside our home. Tonight is one of those. We need to eat by 5 and be out of the house by 6 at the very latest. Pressure! Just one or two little things pre-arranged will help and make all the difference.
Jedidiah had a very difficult start back - problems obeying ..... however we handled that with loads of contemplative time ..... and finally got the wheels rolling only to later apologise to Mum for his behaviour this morning and then proceed to set off for a record morning of reading and painting and writing. Thank God!
These children are just that, children. Homeschooling doesn't make them perfect but it does, with God's grace and forgiveness daily, enable us to make close relationships with them and therefore in times of conflict have those conversations with them and that influence over them.
This classic verse so often used is a promise to me. Reason for my hope.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.