October 2007 – Week 42
Once again, in this last week, I have been challenged to see our whole life and recognize all the aspects that contribute to the training of our children.
In discussing what time do we start our homeschooling – I would have to say it starts about 6.00am. At 6.00 the kids wake up, they have their personal Responsibilities to fulfil, the older ones have their personal devotions which strengthens their relationship with God, we then gather around the table for Family Devotions and then review our day. Our day may consist of housework, or office work, or study, or people to see. Each family activity enables us to live life with our kids, and train them, that is, disciple them as we go.
1. Bible Study / Devotions
Our study of Gratefulness really came to a stop this last week. Josh and Jess perservered with it but the younger two had really done enough. The lesson for me to learn from this week is not to stretch things out over too many weeks. It is more important to have the time and take the time, to apply our lessons in character than it is to do the formal instruction and activities I may have planned.
2. Must Do
I don’t really know what I achieved last week. I did do some office work/book work, I prepared for a Homeschool Network meeting, one of our afternoons were in effect cancelled because we thought a bushfire may come our way so we spent time watching that and preparing things. It didn’t happen but we were prepared!
I use Flylady to help me with my housework routines.
We spent the early evening on Thursday cleaning up the house – deep tidy, in preparation for the Homeschool Network Meeting here on Friday. We have never cleaned house at that time of the day before (5.00pm-6.30pm) but it worked wonderfully. One reason it worked was we were not working in the heat of the day – it maybe something to consider doing again.
4. Train Up
The goal we reached most successfully was the tweaking of our routine to allow Family Discussion session three days a week. We set aside this week to do Australian History with Josh, Jess and Nomi. It soon became obvious that Nomi was struggling with this course so we change tact. I excused Nomi from the study and gave her a picture book which contains 5 stories based on the beginnings of Australia. She had read about Captain Cook and then wrote/typed one page notebook. She thoroughly enjoyed the book. It was a good lesson for me to make the lessons we do have age appropriate and not to force a good resource. The resources we are using for Australian History suit Josh and Jess and I am sure we will bring them out again with Nomi is older.
Other than that our tweaked routine worked well. The children started to take ownership of it and could get a vision for why I have made it so flexible and varied.