Early this morning Jessica’s and my walk was sidetracked by a heart conversation – before we knew it an hour had passed and no walking had been done – and everyone else was still asleep!! Heart conversations are when you talk about things that change or shape our children’s beliefs, character, will, or passions. And though these types of opportunities change the flow of our day I know they are the most important part to our day.
Nomi needed to work on her gift for Jessica so she was excused from most of her studies today – except for Bible study –which incorporated taking notes (Language Arts) – and piano practice.
After Bible study Daniel continued with his focus time with Math (Life of Fred), Handwriting practice and Science (Apologia Physical Science). To be honest I don’t get science so I was very glad to have Josh around to confirm that Daniel understood what he was reading.
This afternoon Joshua had a Scripture Class in at the local school, Jess had a haircut, Naomi had drama and I had some shopping to do so we all went into town. Dropped Nomi and Josh off at the school and Jess and I did the running around. Unfortunately Joshua’s class was cancelled at the last minute so he spent his time studying at the library. Naomi came home after drama instead of going onto the teen-girl Bible study as she needed to finish Jess’ present.
Meanwhile back at home Daniel played around with video footage of the Nurf war they had on the weekend, worked with Lego and did some writing. When we came home I let him watch a video as he had concentrated well during a very mixed up day.
The key to making mix up days work, is that we have a balance between independent study and lessons that I teach this gives us options when things don’t go as we may have liked. We also have priorities, they are often season driven and/or different for each student. Our priorities at the moment are Bible, math, piano, and individual unit studies.
Jessica, Hayley, Jacob all studied through the morning – Jacob and Hayley continued their studies into the afternoon. Josh worked this morning, and then as I said, went into town this afternoon. He squeezed in an hour or so of university work before he headed off for the day.
Dinner time was probably the most significant learning experience of today for us all though. We read our devotional passage – from Mark’s Gospel – while we ate dinner and that really kick started conversation. We talked about whether it was harder for someone (Jesus for example) to heal someone or to forgive their sins. The general consensus here was it was a trick question!! We quickly moved onto the idea that Jesus read what was in the scribes heart back then, and he can read what is in our heart today. Somehow we moved from there to church structures and various denominations, and then we talked about the Holy Spirit. This lead to something else which lead to something else which lead to Adrian Plass which lead to a lot of laughter and tears as we see the human-ness of humanity!! Then somehow we finished-up in the kitchen talking about computers. It is a delight to have teens who are interested in talking about these things, who are interested to hear your experiences and thoughts, and who will confidently share their thinking. It is also a delight to have serious conversation intermingled with serious laughter!
The day finished with the kids playing Billionaire.