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Faith

God is God. Because He is God, He is worthy of my trust and obedience. I will find rest nowhere but in His holy will, a will that is unspeakably beyond my largest notions of what He is up to. Elisabeth Elliot 

Sitting on my couch watching Faith Like Potatoes, a truly amazing-faith-encouraging-must-see movie, thinking about the wonderous works of God. I often forget how powerful and mighty my God is and therefore find myself passively serving His kingdom. I become complacent and content with my faith, and adopt an attitude of self reliance as if I had given myself faith. God is the “founder and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2), the faith of His people. I can boast in nothing!

Thinking about God’s will for our life I wonder… what is He up to? I am so thanful I have a God I can trust and who is always faithful… so we wait on Him and and cry out for HIs will to be done not ours.

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Quote: Math

To all of us who hold the Christian belief that God is truth, anything that is true is a fact about God, and mathematics is a branch of theology. ~Hilda Phoebe Hudson

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” The way the program is used fits well with Charlotte Mason’s concept of short lessons, and the practical, relevant approach fits Miss Mason’s educational philosophy very well. “

 

 

math pic

Months ago when I had become increasingly absorbed in the philosophy of CM I became so submerged in the idea of living math. I felt my normal idea of learning arithmetic challenged and coming out on the other side of the battle that was going on with in, what no worksheets, drilling, crying or hiding? So I began my search for the “perfect” curriculum… here is a question I posted on the homeschool lounge during those months ago…

I have a deep longing to guide my children into such a love for learning and simply experiencing math more than what it seems any curriculum provides. I lately have felt the reality that it is more than about numbers and symbols but about God. I don’t want pages filled with numbers and concepts bringing this masterpiece of God to such drudgery (for my child), I want them to more fully live it out and “experience” it for what it is and what God intended it to be. Math or arithmetic is such as all subjects a stepping stone to learn more about God and His mysterious and amazing creation, it reveals something majestic about Him to our hearts and minds not so much in the beginning stages but as we grow and progress in our knowledge. I don’t want my children to miss this perspective on math by demanding rote memorization and a lot of busy work. Math as drudgery, I need some imput on how to make it come alive in every day life! I need ideas to spark my own ideas, if that makes any sense.

That is where my heart is concerning our math curriculum. As I began my search into this “idea” I stumbled upon Math on the Level. Could it be? I thought, really could this be the one? I love Cathy Duffy’s thought on this curriculum…

“An important factor to consider in evaluating this program, in my opinion, is that students are likely to think of math as something useful, and maybe even fun when it’s taught in such a personal fashion.”

I am in love with this curriculum! It answers all of my desires that I long to see in a curriculum. For me this math program has the potential to turn my children’s eyes and mine up and beyond just numbers, past symbols and signs, under and above memorization straight to the creator as I am given the great joy of teaching my children in such a personal fashion .

What do you use?

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Our days are full of ups and downs, bouts of  energy, created adventures, moments of peace and chaos, slivers of heaven, dirty hands and feet, creepy crawlers, colorful pages of expression … so full of… life… love and the simple joys. The blessedness of being at home… of being a mother… I can think of nothing better than to experience each day by their side, if only I could see life through their eyes…

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Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:16-17

Every day is a precious gift from the Lord, each morning the sun rises is as if the Lord has handed me the greatest gift aside from Christ and gently said, “Here my dear daughter… isn’t it beautiful? Remember as you open each second what I have given you, remember the blessing of those whom you share life with and remember He whom I sent to die for you… I love you, now be careful how you walk, be wise my dear daughter.”  I love the Lord and His faithfulness to his children. My greatest desire in this earthly walk is to live faithfully as His daughter… and daily cherish the here and the now conciously setting each apart for His glorious name. Teaching my children at home is one of the most amazing holy privileges I have been given by my Father, never did I imagine that I would be a stay at home mother who found her joy in teaching her children at home, never did I even think it possible!

We begin a new year August 31st where I will only by His grace be wetting my feet in teaching a 3rd grader, a Kindergartner and a curious Tot. This is all new to me! Not homeschooling but this season in motherhood. I am excited! I want this year to be a new begining a year that is set apart from any others in the past, I long for this year to be the begining of a life education that casts a constant shadow of wisdom in each step and soaks each second with celebration of life through learning and Christ exalted living.

My passion for my children is for them to “know that their mother walked worthy of her calling and gave wholeheartidly of her time to her children, that she loved, respected and cherished.”

Before we start I have a Prep List to check off… join me if you will for a second of practically planning and less wordy-ness (is that a word?) I need these things to be done by our starting date simply for my peace of mind and really nothing more, oh and the fact that it is impossible to start with out some of them :0). We are in the begining of July which means I have about a month in a half.

Things I must do in order to start :0)

 

  • Pray
  • Decide and order curriculum (no I haven’t done this yet)
  • Organize File Crate System
  • Plan and Print Schedules (weekly, monthly and yearly)
  • Find worthy Field Trips for the year
  • Decide and plan Handi Crafts
  • Establish learning “Stations” through out house
  • Monthly bulletin board: for current studies
  • Establish Toddler sections
  • Re-do Homeschool section in Home Management Binder

Things I would like to get done for my PEACE of mind (which is VERY important to me) :0)

  • Read over CM philosophies
  • Establish a better cleaning, meal planning and shopping routine
  • Bring the house to a respectable place of organization and cleaning
  • CLEAN garage so both cars can be tucked away safely!
  • Make chore list for littles along with forming better habits
  • Make our Master Bedroom a place of Peace…

Give me more faith Lord and more of Your grace as I walk along this path you have set before me…

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“Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life.” Charlotte Mason

I am in the joyous yet treacherous process of ordering curriculum, planning and cultivating all of my ideas for our upcoming 2009/2010 Growing Minds of Wisdom school year. I am as usual fearfully excited to step into the waters of the new year… this one seems as if I am stepping in for the first time with a K5-er and a 3rd grader and not to mention a curious little toddler. Right now I am trying to bring about Mason’s philosophy on education in that it is truly an atmosphere, a discipline and a life. I am working on absorbing her amazing ideas into our ever growing and changing homeschool. I am in love with CM and her education philosophy. My children, I am determined, will experience education/life not as mundane, repitious and drudgery but as “a joyous adventure and a celebration of life” as Susan Schaeffer Macaulay so nicely puts it. I am learning though that for me it is going to require some necessary changes in my attitude and my typical idea of education.

I am praying for God to teach me how to balance all 3 of my little “scholars” in the daily instruction of education… I really need to make a nice little motivationaly things “to do” before we begin list. Maybe, this evening I can find a sliver of time to work on that and then share it here followed by a nice pictorial post of each one after they have been checked off… maybe.

JOYfully in Him,
Kelli

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Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21

Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21

Oh how easy it is for our hearts to wander away from their rightful dwelling place, I learn this all to often. Something I am calling the prodigal heart.

I find myself, pleasantly trapped in so many interchanging thoughts on weaving in and out a tapestry of beauty around here. Making some changes for the simple goal of living faithfully as a wife, mother and homekeeper. I had a reluctant doctor appointment this morning and as I waited in the room I pulled out my bible and found tucked in the pages an old church bulletin that I had scribbled and scratched wandering thoughts on, capturing them for such a moment as this. I knew that if I didn’t capture them that morning, yes in church, I would quiet possibly misplace them. I didn’t want to do that.

Captured thoughts for making some changes as my heart slowly and joyfully settles itself back home again…

-pray… pray… pray… pray
-Be Christ-dance daily with God
-Knightly prayers
-I do not want my children to experience what I experienced as a child. I want them to know they are dearly loved, respected and a blessing in the life of their mother. I need to make some new commitments to God and my children…
…no yelling
…no frustration
…no irritation
…slow down and enjoy the time-it is to precious and short
…kindness
…gentleness
…love
…grace
…patience

I need to remember that I am not raising daughters, not sons, not children but women, men, wives, husbands, mothers, fathers… His servants.

I want to work on establishing a more God honoring, Christ centered, grace oriented, time redeeming, love soaked bright and vibrant culture in our home.

Teach my children to joyfully respect and obey their father by modeling it daily for them.

“Be the woman I want my daughter to be, the wife I want my sons to marry.”

Love, cherish, adore, respect, submit, support and wisely encourage my husband. I want the Lord to use me in building my husband up not tearing him down, in strengthening him to become a strong man of God.

It feels good to be home again :0).

JOYfully in Him,
Kelli

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