Posts tagged ‘life’
Each morning (or most mornings), we start our learning with Bible Time. I didn’t want this time to become stagnant by doing the same thing every day. It would be easy to come together, read a chapter of the Bible, discuss, and move on. Though we do this some days, I wanted this time to include a variety of activities that lead Builder and Princess into knowing God’s heart. I don’t want them to only know facts about Jesus; I also want them to know His heart.
Many mornings we do read a chapter, find the places on the map, discuss what it would be like in life now. Builder loves to look at maps and find all the places mentioned in our reading. Princess loves to play while she listens, and truly she can tell me about what we discussed. So, I am good with that.
Recently, my desire is that Builder and Princess know the heart of Father globally…for all people. We have been discussing the issue of access to clean water. We talked about going out to the puddles on the driveway to get a drink of water when they are thirsty. Neither kid thought that was a good idea. Then we talked about the 663 million people on the earth who don’t get to drink the clean water that we have flowing out of our sinks, water bottles, or refrigerator.
We have discussed how clean water is a vital part of being healthy. Discussions have taken place regarding the fact that many boys and girls have to spend most of their day traveling to and from water sources such as rivers, lakes, and ponds, to gather water for their families. Because of this, many children are not able to attend school. When a family, village, or town is provided with access to clean water, children no longer have to perform this duty and are more likely to be able to attend school. Or they are at least one step closer. Now, whether those schools have access to clean water is another part of the story.
With all of these details in mind, we have started a fundraiser. The kids have a bowl in which they are saving money here and there. We will be saving for this “Water of Life” project until November 1st.
We humbly ask and invite you to participate with us in our campaign. Our goal is $300. After the fundraiser is complete, the company through which we are donating, charity:water, will let us know what country we have helped. Perfect geography lesson! charity:water is an organization supported by sponsors so that 100% of donated money goes to providing water for those in need. If you want to check out more about this organization, click here.
To meet and/or exceed our goal we need only 30 people to give $10, or 60 people to give $5. Any amount is appreciated in this quest. Builder and Princess are well on their way, having saved $7 in their money bowl. Clicking the button below will take you to our campaign page, where you can donate. Thanks for helping Builder and Princess see the love of Jesus spread throughout the world, by taking care of those who have need of clean water.
Over the holidays, I decided to take a short hiatus from blogging on The Learning Leaf. Once the Christmas season started it did not stop! It is finally slowing down and becoming life as usual –
or as close as you can get.
During this season, the posts stopped as did “formal” instruction of Mason and Madison. Life went too fast to plan, create, and implement like I had been. After wrestling with guilt over “not instructing” my son, I heard that lovely still small voice of my Lord, “It’s ok. Mason is only four!” It was a gentle reminder that all is well. Yes, Mason loves to learn and he thoroughly enjoys the activities that are crafted. However, he is four and is still very much learning through play, our outings, and every day life.
With this hiatus, I saw and began to have a clearer focus that we will be doing more formal “schooling” when Mason turns 5. This also gave me clarity to see my focus between now and then is to tweak my life scheduling and organization where my house, business (The Crafting Tree), and book writing are concerned. Time will look very different and have different demands within 6 months or so. Between now and then, I get to gain the upper hand in letting the Lord show me His time management strategies for me.
This is exciting. A focus, which results in forward movement. I’m sure I will continue to have some fun, creative, learning activities for both Mason and Madison. As I am sure I will be creating some of my own to share as well. This new focus, however, will change the flavor of the posts for the next few months –
How exciting to watch and see!
Warning: Under Construction
As I sit to write this post, life is swirling around me. After all, life happens doesn’t it. I have many pictures in my head of what things should look like and how they should all shake out. Then, at the end of the day or week, I look back and it’s just not what I thought it would be. Sometimes this is fine, after awhile I start to wonder…is there something I need to change?
In regards to the past two weeks, I look back and reflect on activities I have done with Mason and wonder…have I done enough? I don’t want to cheat him. I don’t want to overwork him. I don’t want to get caught up in the striving of planning four lessons a day, making sure to cover all standards for the week, etc. I came from there, I don’t want to go back.
I have wondered this past week, if I should begin to get a lesson planner and go to setting plans down for the week. After all, I am familiar with this, maybe it would work? Then, I think to myself…Mason is four. I’m really not ready to push the whole, let’s do a pre-scheduled school week structure.
Life is swirling.
I do have a feeling that there will come a day when I am more planned out in a process and procedure for learning. I know the Lord will lead us into that which is right for us. However, right now, I just don’t know what that looks like. I don’t want to neglect, and I don’t want to push. I want to foster Mason’s natural love for learning and foster new experiences. There are times I am overwhelmed and wonder just what have I gotten myself into! I know this is the path for us, and the path I desire to take. I must also say that at times, I feel completely ill equipped for the journey that is ahead. Yet I know, all is not lost and we are doing ok. I think.
Fall Tracing Sheet
- In the All About Fall pack, I mentioned in the previous post, from www.servingjoyfully.com, we used page 5 of the pdf document. It was a cute tracing sheet of fall words: acorn, leaf, tree, fall, pumpkin.
- I noticed this week that Mason was having some trouble writing numbers, which he had been doing well with. So, we used a writing workbook from the store that has pages to trace and write numbers.
Fall Word Search
- Again we used the All About Fall pack mentioned above. We used page 15, which is a fall word search. I wasn’t exactly sure how he would do with this, since it was a little more involved than other word searches we have done. He did great, and we were able to talk about each word and how it pertained to Autumn. Score!
Season Characteristics – Fall Trees
- Page 8, in the All About Fall pack, is a tree color-by-number sheet. I was doing this more as an arts-and-crafts type project, but while coloring we ended up talking about two types of trees – those that lose their leaves and evergreens that stay green through the winter. A wonderful blend of art and science!
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