One question we started getting even before G was born is, “Are you going to home school?” Although this question is still a bit premature, we have been thinking about the answer to it for quite some time because G is such a great learner – she truly is very teachable. But the one thing that concerns me about homeschooling during the early years is teaching someone to read. I don’t remember learning to read, I just know I knew how to do it by the time I got to kindergarten. And I have no experience with teaching someone to read. It seems so daunting to me! The English language is VERY complicated! So, I am always looking for all the help I can get. We already are on top of the reading-every-day-with-your-kid thing, since G and W are book obsessed; but I know that is not sufficient to teach them to read the words themselves. When I was given the opportunity to try out a program for kids (preschoolers and early elementary) to teach them the building blocks of reading, I was so excited!
Last year we started a new tradition for reading a Christmas book a day as a countdown to Christmas. At the end of the season, I tried to store away all the Christmas books; but there were some that the girls liked so much, they found their way into the everyday reading routine throughout the year. One of those books is J is for Jesus by Crystal Bowman. It is a sweet little book that tells the story of the candy cane and the birth of Jesus. It was my hope to make crafts or activities to go along with each of the books we read this year in our Advent books. So, I came up with a simple sticky candy cane craft for our girls (ages 2 and 3) to do.
As most of my regular readers know, I am a Bible study leader for Precept Upon Precept studies. And I am passionate about inductive study. And I cannot express how exciting it is to really understand what the Word of God not only says, but means! And one of the most important tools in our tool box for Bible study is word studies. This is so vital to truly understanding what God said and what He meant when He said it.
But getting started with word study can seem a bit overwhelming. So, I thought I would make it easy on you and tell you the resources you need, how to use the resources for accurate Biblical word study and encouragement for getting started with word studies during your private study.
Our youngest daughter just celebrated her second birthday a couple of weeks ago! I can’t believe how she has grown from such a tiny thing to an active toddler! And what a blessing she is to our family; she is so sweet!
As we were getting ready to celebrate her birthday, I was in the midst of one of the busiest seasons of my year. I was teaching Bible study, making costumes for our annual visit to Mickey’s Halloween Party, working on a major contributor post for another blog, and keeping this family close to on-track. And we found out that another one of our friends was having a birthday party for her son on W’s actual birthday. Instead of thinking of that as a headache, I thought it was a blessing, because I just didn’t have the time to plan a full-blown party.
As I have said before on this blog, I am not naturally artistic, but our oldest daughter definitely is! And her early and enthusiastic interest in art has forced me to come up with opportunities to explore her artistic side; but often I feel like I am floundering for inspiration. And I often get ideas from just watching what she is watching, what she is interested in. One of the shows she is very interested in is a new show from Amazon Prime Instant Video called Creative Galaxy. It is perfect for her art-loving soul!