Our First Year in Homeschool

It’s almost here! September–the month we begin preschool at home.

So many have asked what I will be doing with my little man this year (and I’m sure many of you have looked at my Pinterest trying to guess!). With a baby due in October, we will be slowly easing into this process, but I will give a general overview of our goals for the year here.

This year will be teacher/Mama led. I plan to work in 4 year cycles with the first four being directed this way. School will only be done a few minutes at a time right now, however long it takes me to read a story essentially. Our main goals are to teach basic life skills and to build Godly character.

For literature we will be using A.A.Milne and Beatrix Potter. Their stories can be swapped back and forth and are easily matched with seasons. There are also lovely versions of these available on Youtube for the children to enjoy when Mama needs a short break. Most of these works can be found at the library or online for free. (I am also considering using the Tales of Raggedy Ann and Andy but have not decided yet based on time).

For language we will be doing introductions to French, Latin and Greek. This sounds like a lot, however, French will be introduced through Babar (available in French for free on Youtube and in books at the library). Very gentle and simple. Latin and Greek will be introduced through Bible verses that we will already be studying. ASL has already been a part of our daily lives and will continue to be used to build vocabulary.

Music appreciation will include listening to classic hymns and other music like Bach and Mozart. Becoming familiar with rhythm and instruments. Basic finger exercises will be used to lay the foundation for piano in a few years.

Art and science will be mixed for now with journaling. We will discuss weather and the world around us, drawing pictures as we go. This same journal will be used each day for my little one to draw a picture of what we did (helping to build memory and teach cause and effect). Mama will probably also keep notes here for memory’s purpose.

Character development was already briefly touched on in another post and will need many posts in the future. We will use Bible verses and stories to encourage skills and attitudes this year as well as teaching basic skills and etiquette. Skills such as: setting and clearing the table, potty training, cleaning up toys, folding simple laundry, sweeping, etc.

Building on this will be intro to dance and movement. I grew up as a ballet dancer and see value in a strong and healthy body. We will learn about strength and stretching and building on our music appreciation through movement. No formal dance training will be done this year, however an intro to nutrition will also be touched on.

History will be based on a Young Earth Biblical view. We will be starting this 4 year cycle with the Ancient World using free resources online and books from the library to learn about Creation through 450 AD.

Through all of this we will learn basic math skills: counting, shapes, addition and subtraction etc. Basic recognition of colors, seasons, daily happenings, animals, sounds, and so forth are what lay the foundation for solid learning later on.

I hope this was informative and gives you some ideas! Over the next few weeks (and rest of the year) I’ll share my resources and pictures of what we are doing. So looking forward to sharing this journey with you!

Blessings,

Audrey

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Praying for Our Husbands Day Fourteen: Future

The future is always happening, it is so important to keep in our prayers. Today, pray for your husband’s future.

Pray he will allow God to direct his steps, that he will discover and live his God given purpose. Pray he will offer his dreams to the Lord and pursue the goals that bring glory to Him. Pray he stays on the path of eternity rather than immediate gratification.

A man’s heart plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.

Proverbs 16:9

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 
Jeremiah 29:11
Blessings,
Audrey 
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Praying for Our Husbands Day Thirteen: Obedience

Obedience. Something we all struggle with our entire lives. Today we pray over our husbands asking God to give them obedient hearts.

Pray that he will God above all else. That his servant’s heart will be pure in his assistance of others. Pray he will obey the Lord from his heart and glorify him in everything.

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
James 1:22-25

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
Colossians 3:23-24
 
If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.
John 7:17-18

Blessings,

Audrey

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Declutter Series Week Nine: Play and Family Rooms

And we’re back in the Declutter Challenge ladies!

It took me two weeks to work on our closets (and I’m still not really done) but I’m pushing ahead!

This week we’ll be working in the play and family rooms. Purging all. those. toys!

Begin by taking a picture of your spaces and share in our group with the other wonderful ladies.

Then gather bags or boxes to sort into: trash, donate, keep and other room.

As you go through toys, be sure to put sets together separately. Once you are finished going through all of the toys, you can put these sets into bags or bins so they are easy to find.

Also, be mindful about toys you might be able to rotate out. I usually have our toy kitchen, car mat, and a small toy box out daily. Our blocks, dress up, animals, dolls, etc are kept in a closet to rotate.

Do the same for books and DVDs as well as games. Keep an eye out for outside toys that can have their own bin!

When you are done, containerize! Then take an after picture and drop off your trash and donate bags.

Blessings in this challenge,

Audrey

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Discipline with Virtues Part One

Self Control and Patience

Several ladies have asked me to write about discipline so this post is for them! This is how we are handling discipline right now with an almost three year old.

I believe strongly in character and virtue development as well as practical skills. Our discipline centers around these.

We are currently working on Self Control and Patience. When my sweet boy has done something he shouldn’t have, he is asked to stand facing a wall with the following instructions: hands on the wall, eyes on the wall and body still. I try to never give him more than three steps as multiple instructions can be so confusing!

When he has managed to stand still and calm, I get down on his level and we repeat together:

I will exercise self control and patience. I will listen and obey immediately, cheerfully and entirely. (This is called our ICE statement)

We then recite Ephesians 6:1 together

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
Throughout our day we say these phrases and verse together; during diaper changes, dressing, cleaning up, and heading to bed. 
Similar to our rule for standing at the wall, at bed time we ask that our little one keep his eyes closed, mouth quiet and body still. I’ll write more about bedtime later!
I hope this has helped some of you! If you feel led to comment, please keep it Christ centered and kind!
Blessings,
Audrey

Added: After some comments from some readers I feel I need to mention, I am not in any way preventing my child from having emotions nor am I requiring perfection from him. He is 3 and he is learning. We use the Bible in everything and I get great joy from it and he feels very accomplished being able to recite portions now. When we ask him to cheerfully obey we mean that he needs to do so without throwing a fit. If he does throw a fit (which happens with little ones) he needs to calm down first, then obey. I hope this clears up some confusion heart emoticon

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Praying for Our Husbands Day Twelve: Work

Today ladies we are praying for our husband’s work.

Pray he will live a balanced life between work and play. Pray he will work hard to provide for your family to the best of his ability. Pray that the character qualities necessary for a successful career and ministry will be a growing part of his character—persistence, decisiveness, strength, an analytical mind, organizational skills, positive relationships with people, determination, etc.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:58

Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord
Romans 12:11

Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.
Proverbs 13:15

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men
Colossians 3:23



Blessings,

Audrey

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Praying for Our Husbands Day Eleven: Mind

Today we pray for our husband’s mind–his mental strength.

Pray that your husband will yield his mind and thoughts unto the Lord. Pray he will not entertain immoral or impure thoughts and will resist the urge to indulge in pornography. Pray he will remain strong in his convictions and he will continue to strengthen his mind through daily devotions with the Lord.

A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.
Proverbs 27:12

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ
2 Corinthians 10:5

Blessings,

Audrey

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Victory Series Bible Study Week 13: New Life in Christ

Greetings Gents!

Last week we discussed the Christ’s sacrifice in terms of the forgiveness of our sins. This week we turn away from sin towards new life through Christ. The focus of this week is John 6: 25-59, which takes place after Jesus’ feeding of the people with fish and loaves of bread:

“25 And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?
26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.
27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?
29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?
31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.
35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
36 But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.
37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven.
42 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?
43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.
44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.
47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
48 I am that bread of life.
49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?
53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.
58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.”

Jesus not only is the son of God and living sacrifice intended to purge humanity of Sin, but also is the bread of life which sustains man throughout eternity. What Adam and Eve lost through their transgression was life, and what Jesus restored was life. 
Jesus calls attention to the bread of life at after he was sought out on the other side of the sea of Galilee. He calls attention to the “bread of heaven” that Moses supplied the Israelites during their long exile in the desert (see Exodus 16: 4). He also contrasts the physical bread (or manna) that feeds the physical body with the bread of life, which is for the spirit. 
While manna can indeed nourish the physical body, all those who eat solely that will eventually die. Therein lies the difference between physical manna and the bread of life: the bread of life, being for the spirit, will sustain your spirit and thus maintains your life after death through connection with God. The only way to attain the bread of life is through faith in Jesus, which allows you to be born again. This means we who eat of the bread of life (faith in Jesus) are born again (able to live a righteous life through connection with God).
Questions for consideration over the coming week:
– What did the people ask of Jesus to provide them so that they may believe in his divinity? What did he actually provide?
– What did Jesus mean when he stated he is the bread of life?
– What did Jesus tell Nicodemus that he must do to receive eternal life? How do we receive that life?
– What are the practical ramifications in knowing that your soul is in union with God? 
– What confidence can you draw from “Christ in you, the hope of glory”? 
Consider these questions over the coming week and how they effect your relationship with God and the people around you. Stay strong, gents!
Hunter
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Praying for Our Husbands Day Ten: Spiritual Growth

Today we pray that our husbands will grow with God.

Pray that your husband will grow spiritually and consider his accountability before the Lord. Pray he will guard his heart by developing spiritual disciplines. Pray that he will spend time in the Word–reading, studying and memorizing. Pray he spends time in prayer daily. Pray that these disciplines encourage his growth in man and fatherhood.

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
2 Peter 3:18

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Proverbs 4:23


Blessings,

Audrey

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Praying for Our Husbands Day Nine: Emotions

Praying for our husband’s emotions today.

Pray that your husband will be slow to anger and quick to bring about peace. Pray he will allow the Holy Spirit to control his responses. Pray he will not be anxious in anything, that he will have a glad and willing heart. Pray that he will open himself up to God’s timing for his emotions. That he will first think, then act and feel.


A fool vents all his feelings,
But a wise man holds them back.

Proverbs 29:11

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Philippians 4:6-8 

Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
Romans 14:19

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
Ecclesiastes 3:4

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 


Blessings,

Audrey

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