Friday, February 03, 2006

So You Did Not Feel Like "Doing" School Today?

Did you have one of those mornings were you did not feel like getting out of bed not to mention spending a few hours at the dining table going through workbook after workbook? Well, you are not alone, neither are you a lazy mom if you felt like spending a few more hours in bed. When you get one of these days, that is when it becomes necessary to focus more on the fact that education goes beyond workbooks. No matter what home schooling method you use, days like this call for the "relaxed" method of home schooling. This way, you are not only focusing on your reason for home schooling, you and your kids are also learning in a very relaxed way which is really fun and at the same time your "batteries" are begin re-charged.

We decided to home school because we wanted to our kids to grow up with Biblical world view and also wanted to be co-laborers with the Lord in raising godly seed. So when I get one of these days, I gather the kids in bed and we read lots of Bible stories and talk about them. This morning, we read about the Exodus and started a whole discussion on how archeological excavation supported the story of the Exodus. That pretty much took care of our history lesson for the day. We then proceeded to read a book on the life of Charles Dickens (Famous People)and talked about how the life of Dickens influenced his writings and generally what life was like in Dickens' day. We identified verbs, adverbs, adjectives, conjunctions and figures of speech such as similes and metaphors in the story (English). Since today was Friday and we had worked on math problems for at least 2 hours each day from Monday - Thursday, I decided to skip math for the day.

By lunch time I was completely relaxed and ready to go grocery shopping as well as run a few errands for the house. Home schooling is a lot of fun for me and my kids enjoy a lot of the things we do together. I have an eight year old and a four year old. The Bible tells us in Prov. 4:23 to guard our hearts with all diligence for out of it flows the issues of life. We should always be on guard and not allow the enemy to take a wholesome family activity like home schooling and turn it into a drag.

God bless you richly.



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