Thursday, June 29, 2006

Thirteen Rules for Gentlemen

This is another of my favorite blogs. Kendra at Preschoolers and Peace posted about her "Memory Work Box". One of the things her boys memorize is the Thirteen Rules for Gentlemen.

She has lots of other good stuff too!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

My Little Fire Fighting Bumblebee

My little guy lives in his bumblebee costume and recently added the fire hat to his daily garb. So I guess he is fighting fires as he pollinates!

Reading

“If you want to stay alive to what is great and glorious and beautiful and eternal, you will have to fight for time to look through the eyes of others who were in touch with God.” John Piper

Did I say "I love to read". I have been known to read a book while I cook dinner because I haven't had a chance any other part of the day. I can even walk and read. Bet you didn't know that about me :)

Girl talk is starting a little poll about reading. Check it out!

Saturday, June 24, 2006

My Summer Schedule

Okay here it is. I want to add that this schedule so helps me have to think less about smaller details and focus more on relationship with my kids. This is one of the greatest benefit I get from this. Also to add that in the summer when a fun opportunity presents itself...we are gone and I will make up for what was undone later. During the school year that's a bit different.

6:30 am Up/QT/ Coffee
7:00 Exercise 3x week (this happens randomly but I try)
My kids aren't allowed up before 7
From 7-7:30 they have QT in their rooms with books.
Check email
8:00 Breakfast/Bible at table
Clean up/ morning grooming and chores
9:00 Homeschool 3x a week
We are doing math, spelling, story narration
and read alouds over the summer
10:15 Snack and toy clean up
10:30 Free time/outside time
We weed, mow, go for walks, park or run errands
11:45 Lunch prep/ kids table time
12:30 Lunch/read aloud and story time/clean up toys if needed
1:30 Nap for 2 yr old.
Quiet reading time for 6 yr old
Free time or catch up for mom (emails, calls, etc)
3:30 Snack and History read aloud
(My First History of Canada right now)
4:00 Free time/ any loose ends for mom
4:30 Start dinner
(my 6 yr old dd reads too or plays with my 2yr ds)
She has to let her brother direct the play and serve him,
it is great training.
5:30 Dinner/clean up (we try to chat around the table)
6:30 Family time and bible with dad
8:00 Bed for kids

I never do this perfectly anyday of the week because little lives can be unpredictable or I get lazy . I also never want to be a slave to this...it is my servant. I do know on those days that I am tired or struggling to be diligent this schedule helps me know where to go next.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Schedules and Routines

I am one of those people who loves to have a schedule. Mostly because it helps me get stuff done. I find that I can serve my family better and spend time with God when there is order to my day.

I have become increasingly aware lately of my dependence on my schedule and routines being unhealthy. When I find I am frustrated when I don't accomplish it all, or short with my children because they aren't moving fast enough I know my trust is in the wrong place. These are great alarm bells for me. First if my children are not moving fast enough that is a training issue not a "routine" issue. And if I am angry (that's what frustration really is) when I don't get it all done I am telling Jesus he isn't sufficient. I heard a quote (that I think is) from CJ Mahaney that has changed my whole perspective on this: "God is the only one who finishes his to do list everyday" . Striving for perfection here on earth will only end in disappointment and frustration. So I repent and acknowledge the schedule as a tool and turn my heart back to the one who makes it all happen. My trust must be in Him who is all things, in all ways.

That said I believe schedules and routines are one of the best tools to serve my family. I would never be able to home educate, take care of the house, love my husband and children and serve in the local church or maintain relationships without some kind of structure. I have found no other way to be purposeful in my care for others consistently outside of this.

Over the next few days I am going to post my summer schedule, cleaning schedule, and how I organize my week.

The girl talk blog has been posting about scheduling the last few days and has some really great ideas.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

John Bunyan on Parenting

This link is to an online friends blog that I really enjoy. It is a post by John Bunyan on the Duties of Parenting.

I Concur!

'The only handwork I do is lifting
my coffee cup to drink.
Anything else interferes with my thought process...

Mary Myers

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Classical Education in our home

We have chosen to go the Classical route to educate our children. I have read and read about the classical approach. There is Latin Classical (some would say this is the only "real" classical), neo-classical or modern classical, and many other variations. For awhile I was getting caught up in "which" we were. I am reading a book about "Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning" and his best situation is a private Christian classical school with intense parent involvement where you really know the teachers. No offense to Mr. Wilson but what world is he living in???? Sure that would be great but where do such places exist for the majority? No where near me. I must admit the book was a bit disappointing. He states in his opinion it is necessary to have a teacher to teach the higher grades to be truly classical. I would rather ditch classical then send my kids into the world of public or private school where I live. He does state though that if a private school to his satisfaction was not available he would homeschool. Mr. Wilson has a desire to see education as a whole changed where as I am not concerned about the public education. Maybe I should be?

I always have to go back to what drew me to the classical approach. It teaches you how to think. And being a Christian it will serve to teach my children to think biblically and logically. It will teach them to learn, process and analyze their world and mostly the word of God. If you know how to learn you can do anything. I think we will do Latin but I feel I could go the classical road and benefit without Latin. It also looks to the past to learn and glean. Modern culture.....well in my opinion it is moving away from "thinking" all together. We live in an impulsive, self indulgent, entertain me world that draws our attention to ourselves and not others and the one true God. I am not glorifying the past by any means but there is much to learn from those who have gone before us. We have technology to "think" for us. Don't get me wrong I enjoy my computer but I want my children to learn to think and use the brain God gave them. At the end of the day the most important thing is that Christ is the center of my home, our education and lives.
I don't think Classical is the only way to go but it just makes sense to us. I am excited to learn as I educate my children. I am most excited to have my children with me all day long as they learn, fail, grow, struggle and succeed. Their hearts are the ultimate priority.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Memory Lane

Okay here is a picture of myself. It will probably be the first and the last.
This was taken during our YWAM days. We were newly married and hadn't been blessed with our children yet. I have been thinking so much about the past lately. The people who have had such an impact on who I am today. History has such an effect on our life today. The Bible being the best example of how those who have gone before leave a path to follow and record of the great things God has done. I think that's why I love reading so much. Can you imagine what life would be like without the written word? Everything of the past would be by word of mouth and boy would that mean trouble.

To Stay at Home is Best

Stay, stay at home, my heart, and rest;
Home-keeping hearts are the happiest.
For those that wander they know not where
are full of trouble and full of care:
To stay at home is best.
~Longfellow~

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Passionate Bookworm

Okay, tomorrow our local homeschool convention starts. My very sweet husband is taking the day off work to stay home with our cuties to let me go Friday AND Saturday. Bonus points to the hubby!!!!! I also get to go with some very good friends. Another bonus!

I have butterflies in my stomach waiting to go. Can you believe that? How old am I? It is also about managing my money well because I LOVE BOOKS....oh did I say I LOVE BOOKS! I could buy a book a day and never look back. Alas life is not like that so come back to earth Mrs. M.

And of course I have lists of must haves, possibilities, really want but shouldn't and well.... you get the idea. Am I a nerd? I prefer bookworm with a passion!

I can already smell the new books.....sniff......sniff.......sniff.......sniff