The one who said she was going to write 31 days…
Well, that didn’t happen. However, I do have something to share here, for a few friends to reference too! So let’s get too it!
We started the children on the 2 year curriculum, by ABC Jesus Loves Me. Now, I have the 3 year, but decided that going with the 2 year at the beginning would be better. Make it easier for me, and to give our 3 year old more confidence in what he knows already. Our 2 year old is catching on quickly as well, so who knows how quickly we’ll be moving them through the activities.
They are both enjoying the activities, and picking up so many words and phrases, outside of what we’re learning as well. On top of doing pre-school this week, we’ve been a lot more intentional about the use of their pacifiers. They haven’t enjoyed that aspect of it, however, their speech and enunciation has improved greatly.
So here are the basics of what we talked about over the course of this week:
We pointed out, or recited the appropriate things, throughout the day. After awhile…I think our 3 year old got a little annoyed with the repetition. However, he’s pointing to red things now, as well as drawing circles, without prompting. ;)
Creation, day one. Night and Day. They were a little confused, it was a short activity with more prep for me, than actual steps for them to do. But we did talk about how God separated night from day, and it was good.
Creation, day two: Heavens and the earth, represented by the sea, in this craft. This one, they LOVED.
I’d been wanting to get them white oversized shirts to do their messier crafts in. So their Grandma got them, and we got to use them!! They loved this one, with the paint, the shaving cream, the cotton balls…they didn’t want to stop. :)
All of these color crafts, and then the shape. The last picture, they are building an Apple Tree Book, which will help emphasis counting. This is another one where they were confused. They wanted to go wild with the do-a-dot marker, but I had to explain to them they couldn’t…sad faces all around.
All of our supplies, their binders, my prep work, and my daughter checking out their vertical work stations…or herself in the mirror. It’s probably the mirror…
I’ve since added my own binder, to hold their assessment sheets, various ideas I have, and their ‘to be used soon’ sheets.
Daily, the time it takes to do the crafts, and talk with them, is about 10-15 minutes, tops. That includes my own prep time, so they are actually only doing the craft for about 5-7 minutes. It works perfectly for this age!
I also try to keep them standing, or moving around as much as the craft will allow. Their attention holds longer that way.
I’ve decided I want to add a few more things into their day, so we’ll be try a few out on Week Two, coming up Monday. I’m excited, but still need to find every thing, and get it ready.
I love this curriculum, it’s free, if you want to print off everything each week, or you can purchase it, and you won’t need to print anything. I purchased the 2 yr, and 3 year curriculum, and the workbooks for each.
I think it’s a really simple, yet effective way to introduce the idea of learning, and school, tailor it to the child and their attention spans, and still allow them to play and be pretty active.
Can’t wait for Monday now!! Mommy’s excited to be ‘back’ at school! :D
Today’s Word: Long
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God.
There are those who say this Ebola is judgement from God, to a sinning nation. Others, believe it’s a conspiracy from the government to thin the population. All I know is that this is a disease that has the potential to be very deadly.
I choose not to fear it, for in the fearing of it, I convince myself that my God is less than a virus, less than a bacteria. He is SO much more than Ebola, He’s more than the USA government, He Is More.
This nation has fallen away from Him.
This nation has allow pride, and selfish ways to govern our laws, and culture for far too long.
It would be in His right to discipline us, to remind us of His Sovereignty.
Many of you, at this point in what I’ve written, will not agree with me. Might even laugh at me. Or get mad at me.
It’s not my intention, though I’ve been ready to face such reactions.
This world will face more and more deprivation, diseases, perverted sense of right and wrong, perverted beliefs of family, love, moral character, and equality.
For a long time, I’ve known that my faith will polarize me…will separate me from those I call friend. Even family.
It’s easy to sit here, safe in my home, and type this up. To not face the derision face to face.
But one day, I will have to make this choice in the face of those who hate me, and hate my Lord Christ Jesus.
One day, I will have to make my actions match my words, and choose Christ Jesus over all else.
Even my husband.
Even my children.
Even my very own life.
Today’s word: Adjust
Yesterday’s word: Life
It seems that life always adjusts, huh?
Today we lay the ashes of our son, Michael, to rest. We know where we will do it, we have memories there as a small family. I feel peace about this…
And really, I can’t think of anything else right now…but to do it, and pray for those lives his life has touched. And those who in death, he has touched.
Today’s post is short and sweet, as was his life. The impact his life has had, is not measurable.
Thank you Lord, for the brief time we had him here with us.
Today’s Word: Away
Away he goes, to explore, to change the world.
He runs, jumps, and leaps off of things.
Testing his abilities, and the strength of his mother’s heart.
Away he goes, to change the world…
His eyes shine
His smile lights up the world
His curiosity cannot be matched
His strong body carries him where he wants to go.
His arms hug me tight
His laughter brightens my day
His ability to tune me out, makes me laugh.
His is all boy, all curious, all the time.
Today’s Word: Work
I isee the light on in the window, and know that someone is home. The warmth beckons me in, but I hesitate.
To enter into that warm place means I have to let go, let it in, let it out.
I have to give work it’s place, and let the hard work begin.
To go in, means to let go of the hard things, and face what hurts most.
For the sweet release of fear, anxiety and pain.
For the gift of freedom to truly enter into my heart.
I don’t want to do it.
But I do it anyways.