Sunday, January 27, 2013
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
As I wrote about in the previous post, the theme of our school year is missions. As we study and encounter the various cultures we will be learning about (their daily life, their culture, religious practices, praying for the missionaries already there, and also praying for existing Christians in these countries which are largely areas of persecution for those who profess faith in Christ...), I believe we will be facing a very emotionally and spiritually charged and intense year.
So, how can you pray? There are four ways I would love to have you join me in prayer.
First, you can pray that our family would be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit and the areas of mission work that God is directing us to be involved in both locally and globally.
Secondly, if you would diligently pray for Brett. As he has not yet accepted Christ as his Savior, please pray for his protection as he is introduced (on a most basic level) to false religions/gods of these regions and any sway that might be used by the Enemy to draw him in...Further, if you would pray that God would use this year to open Brett's eyes and heart in a way that has not yet occurred for him...Pray that the Holy Spirit would stir Brett's heart and his desire to know Jesus as his Savior.
Third, if you would pray for me...That I will listen to God as He directs in our school this year, that I will be filled with a spirit of discernment on what should and should not be taught, and that I will be able to keep a balance between learning time and fun time, family time and couple time with Steve...especially once our Baby Girl arrives.
Lastly, and probably the most important, if you would join us in praying for the areas in the 10/40 window that I mentioned in the previous post. Get a copy of Window on the World, or just check out www.kidsofcourage.com or Voice of the Martyrs at www.persecution.com for prayer resources and guides. They also have links to ways that you can get involved on a tangible level. Use this time to not only pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters, but to seek God's plan for missions in your own life and that of your family...
Be Blessed...and thanks for the prayers!
Monday, August 6, 2012
This year in the My Father's World curriculum set up is "Exploring Countries and Cultures."
The theme of ECC is missions and we will be learning map skills and also using geography to learn about other places in the world, mission work and the importance of sharing the message of salvation through Jesus with the whole world.
Science will involve studying biomes, habitats, and animals of the world in relation to the continent/countries being studied.
For Bible, we will be using a combination of the MFW program (which involves a study on the entire book of Matthew) and a program from Answers in Genesis, "Answers for Kids". We will also include our own hymn study in keeping with the Charlotte Mason style of education. We will be incorporating missionary biographies (provided in the MFW curriculum), the Kids of Courage series I have blogged about before (see post here and here), and Window on the World (also included in our curriculum but can be purchased through Voice of the Martyrs) which is a break down of the 92 largely unevangelized countries in the world that together make up an area known as the 10/40 Window. It shares interesting facts about each country, a brief story, beautiful photos, maps and ways to pray for that area. While it needs a bit of updating, it is still a really good resource to use as a springboard into a heart for Bible translation, the need for missionaries and prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters.
Language Arts will consist of the second half of Primary Language Lessons (a fabulous little book that was used to teach many of the founders of our country in the use of our language), Spelling Power, copywork, dictation, poetry, read alouds and individual reading time.
In Math, we will continue to use Singapore math, books 2B and 3A, math fact drills and games to solidify learning.
Music and Art will include listening to music from various areas of the world and participating in crafts that come from various cultures. We will also continue using our art book from last year, "I Can Do All Things".
Lastly, we will be beginning our study of Spanish using Rosetta Stone...we are most excited about learning a new language together as a family and our prayer is that we will have opportunities to use this new knowledge in ways that will further the Kingdom of God!
Friday, June 22, 2012
I really lost interest in blogging about school in our first grade year. We used Sonlight again and I just wasn't happy...and that affected Brett. So we sort of trashed the lesson plans and did our own thing. It ended up being a good year, but I was really overwhelmed having to pull from scratch what to do every week...and blogging took a back seat.
Last year we switched to My Father's World and we couldn't have chosen a better fit for our family! I am thrilled with their program and Brett loves the notebooking he does for his work. What a difference in our attitudes each day! Of course, by this time so much time had passed since I had last blogged that I felt ridiculous just jumping back in.
But now...even though it's been two years...I feel like starting over...Jumping back in with both feet and having this outlet to share how we do school. This year is going to be wild and crazy as we are expecting our second child in October. I'm a little scared to do school with a newborn and more than ever right now I am soaking up other mom's blogs and advice. And I thought, maybe someone out there can relate to what I have to say too. And even if not, it's just a good outlet of release!
So, I'll do my best to stay up to date (on this page and on our Outdoor Hour page as well!) and hopefully you'll pull up a chair and get cozy as you read about our life, our homeschool, and the adventure it promises to be this year!
Until next time!
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Brett is so happy because he is officially a Kindergarten Graduate! We made him a little diploma and did a little ceremony. Then we let him pick what he wanted to do all day. We started with a graduation gift (A Disney Car) then lunch at McDonald's, a cookie from the bakery in the mall, swimming and all this followed up with dinner at The Olive Garden. It was a wonderful way to spend the day. He can't wait to start first grade :) I am happy to know that he likes school and wants to start up again. (We can't officially start counting days for first grade until July 1.)
He also just wrapped up a week at a local day camp where we live and LOVED it! He went every day from 8:30 until 4pm. They did Bible study each morning, followed by crafts, games, canoeing, bb guns, archery, lake swimming, hiking, etc...It was a really great experience for him and he has already said he can hardly wait until next summer to go again :)
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
In Every issue you will find stories of persecution, stories of hope in spite of the way the Christians in a given country are treated, updates on missionaries, pastors and other people who have been featured in articles, etc... They are such a testament to the FAITH that these Christians live out daily! We sit so secure in our warm homes with NO FEAR, NO THREAT of danger...why exactly are we all not out there on the front lines?! Why are we not down on our knees daily pleading with the Father on behalf of these brothers and sisters of ours? I pray that you will read and that once your eyes have been opened you will not be able to pretend to not know what to do.
"...once our eyes are opened,we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act." ~Proverbs 24:12
Each issue focuses on a specific persecuted country. Inside, you will find facts about the country and culture, school stories, fun facts and information about children who are persecuted because their parents are Christians or because they themselves have become Christians. We always look the country we are talking about up on the map. Then we read through the articles...usually one a day or every other day...and talk about them. We discuss differences and similarities between where we live and that country. We tend to skim the surface right now...Brett is still so young that he doesn't "get" a lot of it. But, we pray for the children and their families and the countries they live in. We haven't done this yet, but I hope to soon start implementing cooking some foods from the country we are praying for too. The great thing is that this is so easy to adapt for age. You can easily take it SO much deeper than what we are right now. I hope and pray that you will get involved in this ministry and begin learning about and praying for these countries.