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Well Week 2 is complete here. Tomorrow we are taking a field trip, so we made sure to double up on our work today. Praise God for another good week of using the Bible as our main text.
We began as always, with prayer. Then we read the passage (Genesis1) from the Bible out loud. Today we used the NIV version. Up until now we have been using the King James Version. I like using different versions though to compare words. This was a great time of discussion and comparing both translations.
Next we made a Human timeline. We set up one person to be the Year 0, the next was Year 1700 and the last was Year 2012. Each person took turns being an event. I would call out an event and they would have to place themselves on the human timeline. For instance I would say, "Pilgrims!" and they would run before the Year 1700 person. Or I would say, "Parting of the Red Sea!" and they would go before the Year 0. We did this for many, many events that we have learned about over the years from American History and Bible history. This is was great fun and a great way especially for the little ones to understand the concept of events on a historical timeline. I never just want to memorize dates. That means nothing without understanding order and sequence of our history. I want them to have a clear understanding of when events took place and also to see God's hand in history.
|A Living Timeline!|
Next, back at the table together each child took out their Bible. I called out various verses about creation. They had to look them up and then each child took turns reading them out loud.
We stopped at Psalm 148 which is a great example of a poem that praises God's creation. We have memorized it this week as well. Afterwards each child wrote their own poem was a poem of praise. They all did a great job with this.
Here is my 7 year old's poem, he was very proud of it!
"God created the waters
God created the sea.
God created the bugs.
God created me!"
Then we watched two videos from Answers in Genesis about God creating animals. They were very entertaining and interesting at the same time. We love AiG!
The kids also had individual work to complete. Spelling tests, copywork, math, writing, reading, and to finish their reports. They each were writing a report on an animal of their choice.
|Working on an African savannah to go with an elephant report|
My favorite activity today was our Journal time. We an activity from the book Genesis Kids: Experiments that Show God's Power in Creation. This was an activity for Day 7 of creation when God rested. We talked about how even God who created the universe took time to rest. Not sleep, but to stop and just be. I asked the kids to take out their Bibles and turn to Matthew 6:25-34. This passage was read at our wedding and it has been an infinite source of support throughout our married years. It is probably the most special passage in the whole Bible to me. I asked my daughter to read it, and she replied, "I have it memorized." She proceeded to recite it from memory.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matt. 6:25-34
I don't think any words can adequately describe how I felt. I had recently told her to read it when she has fears. I had no idea she had it memorized, and as she recited it, I felt an indescribable amount of love for God- HE IS FAITHFUL ♥ Hearing my daughter recite those verses from memory was surreal-visions of my wedding, and so many ups and downs in between flooded my mind. Wow.
Then, I told them to take their Bibles and find a quiet place to meditate on what worries they have or fear, and to give them to God. They took a journal with them and each found a place outside to be with the Lord. A very sweet time indeed.
God is truly working in our school. I am so thankful. He taught me many lessons this week, none of which were in a text book.
"Are we focused on making our kids look good, which in turn makes us feel successful? Or are we focusing on their hearts? God knows our hearts and our children’s hearts, and no test score can override that. We must start with their hearts and ours. We must not be caught up in what others think is success. Our goals come from the Lord and what He has called us to do. We work for an audience of One." ~excerpt from my new ebook..."Called Home."
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