Sometimes you just have to start something and everything will magically fall into place. That’s how I felt about our first day of school today. I had all the books, I had planned out the schedule but honestly I had way more studying and planning and preparing that I wanted to do. But that process could go on for days and days. So today, we just went for it and started. It wasn’t perfect. It didn’t go exactly like I thought it would. But we did it. I am trying out a whole new style of teaching this year and I have to say I am really excited to see where that journey takes us…even if that means some days go in a different direction! I want to whet my kids appetite for learning in LOTS of different areas. I want them to have a TRUE love for learning.
We are also part of a new co-op this year one day a week. Gress will be learning a lot about US History and Marine Science and then will have several afternoon clubs (Math Club, Art, Cooking and Literature Club). Mcree will be in kindergarten and Mabry will be in preschool. And I am teaching art to elementary students. We are all SO excited about this. Today we started reading our history book and Gress kept wanting to know more, and more, and for hours was watching documentaries, learning about presidential elections, writing a biography on Daniel Boone, and then building a flat boat until dinner was ready.
And because I didn’t have everything planned out (like all the bible memory verses), I realized today that some just fell into place exactly the way they were meant to. We are studying 1 Thessalonians at church and were challenged to read it every day. Today was the first day and I realized that 1 Thessalonians 5:12-18 are the perfect words for my kids to tuck away in their hearts.
“We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”