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Pre-School Homeschooling-WEEK 7

My Themes For The Week:

LETTER: A                          NUMBER: 5

CHARACTER: Caring

BIBLE STORY(S): Adam & Abraham

BIBLE VERSE: Romans 3:23 All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

 

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DAY 1:

DAY 2:

DAY 3:

DAY 4:

DAY 5:

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My Thoughts For The Week:

I have still been unpacking and organizing all of our stuff that finally arrived from Japan. To be honest, homeschooling has not been a priority the past couple of weeks. Until I get the house in order it probably won’t be. Also, I am considering purchasing an actual pre-school curriculum from Answers In Genesis. If I do, we will get it in time to start with the New Year. Although I originally said that I wanted to create my own curriculum so that we could be flexible, I am finding that I need more structure. I will keep you posted if we decide to do this.

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You can find links to all posts in this series on the Pre-School (Home) Index page.

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Pre-School Homeschooling-WEEK 5

My Themes For The Week:

LETTER: D                            NUMBER: 4

CHARACTER: Patience

BIBLE STORY(S): Daniel

BIBLE VERSE: Isaiah 43:5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you.”

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DAY 2:

DAY 3:

DAY 4:

DAY 5:

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My Thoughts For The Week:

As you can see, we did not do as much this week. I think that trying to cram so much into a day was too stressful for both Kendal and I. Until we can get into a better routine (which might be awhile) I think that we will be doing less than what I tried to do at the beginning. Also, from now on I will include the weekly Bible verse that goes with the letter them. But, unless otherwise stated, we will not be doing different Bible verses every week. Kendal seems to need more time (and consistency on my end) with learning them.

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You can find links to all posts in this series on the Pre-School (Home) Index page.

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Is It Okay?

A friend sent me this article and thought that I should comment on it. The title of the article is “My Son Is Gay” and the first words of the post are:

“Or he’s not. I don’t care. He is still my son. And he is 5. And I am his mother. And if you have a problem with anything mentioned above, I don’t want to know you.”

The blog post is written by a frustrated mother who allowed her 5 year old son to wear a Daphne (from Scooby Doo) costume to school for Halloween. She is not frustrated with the costume he chose but instead with the reactions from other mothers and she defends her son’s choice.

What concerns me the most is that her son expressed anxiety about the possibility that people would make fun of him.

“Then as we got closer to the actual day, he stared to hem and haw about it. After some discussion it comes out that he is afraid people will laugh at him. I pointed out that some people will because it is a cute and clever costume. He insists their laughter would be of the ‘making fun’ kind. I blow it off. Seriously, who would make fun of a child in costume?

And then the big day arrives. We get dressed up. We drop Squirt at his preschool and head over to his. Boo doesn’t want to get out of the car. He’s afraid of what people will say and do to him. I convince him to go inside. He halts at the door. He’s visibly nervous. I chalk it up to him being a bit of a worrier in general. Seriously, WHO WOULD MAKE FUN OF A CHILD IN A  COSTUME ON HALLOWEEN? So he walks in.”

To me, “Who would make fun of a child in costume?” is a valid question. This mother assumes that everyone does not have prejudices, preconceived notions, etc. Although wearing a costume should not produce ridicule or bullying, depending on the type of costume, it could happen.

She goes on to say that several mothers were critical of her and her son.

“But it also was heartbreaking to me that my sweet, kind-hearted five year old was right to be worried… And he, at 5, was concerned about how they would perceive him and what would happen to him.

Just as it was heartbreaking to those parents that have lost their children recently due to bullying. IT IS NOT OK TO BULLY. Even if you wrap it up in a bow and call it ‘concern.’  Those women were trying to bully me. And my son. MY son.”

I agree! In my opinion, the other mothers should not have reacted the way they did in front of the writer’s son. If they have an opinion (which they obviously did), they should have expressed it a private discussion with the mother.

Personally, I don’t think that that this boy dressing up like a girl makes him gay. A girl dressing up like a boy won’t make her gay either. In fact, role play for young boys and girls is important for development as this quote off of Focus on the Family suggests:

Is it normal and healthy for young children to participate in cross-sex behavior?

Of course! The whole world of a child is exploration. The role of the parent is to make sure their children explore and learn about their world in safe and directed ways. My son has four sisters, and when he was very small he loved to play dress up with his sisters, even in their own dresses and sparkly shoes. This is fine at 2 years old. Not so much at 8 years old! It is important for parents to not overreact to such behavior but to slowly guide it in gender-proper directions. That is how kids learn.

Remember, most little boys and girls have never been men or women before, and they need both mother and father to show them what being one is like, as well as what it is not!”

But, I would have protected my child from even having to face criticism in the first place. Playing dress up/role play at home with siblings and friends is one thing. Going to school is completely different.

Another issue that I have with the situation is that the writer questions the other mother’s Christianity (her son goes to a church preschool). She does not say whether or not she is a Christian herself. Throughout the article, she is supportive of her son and states that if he is gay (now or in the future) she is okay with that.

“If he wants to carry a purse, or marry a man, or paint fingernails with his best girlfriend, then ok. My job as his mother is not to stifle that man that he will be, but to help him along his way. Mine is not to dictate what is ‘normal’ and what is not, but to help him become a good person.”

Since I do not know this mother, I am not going to say “Yes, she is a Christian” or “No, she is not.” So I will say my opinion based on both possibilities.

1. If she is not a Christian, she probably does not view the Bible as an authority over her life. So, we as Christians should use grace instead of judgement. It is okay to state your opinion and your Biblical reasoning to someone but (whether you are speaking to a Christian or not) should do so in a respectful and loving way.

2. If she is a Christian, we should still use grace! Her opinion could be formed because of lack of understanding or because she refuses to believe the Bible on this issue; either way it is between her and God. Again, it is okay to state your opinion and your Biblical reasoning to someone but should do so in a respectful and loving way.

There is a difference in being supportive of your child as a person and being supportive of the choices your child makes. The Bible clearly says that we are to Train up a child in the way he should go…” Proverbs 22:6 (KJV) In other words, we as parents are to teach our children the difference between right and wrong and we are to teach them morals and values. If we view the Bible as God’s Word and as an authority over our lives, this applies to the subject of homosexuality as well. As Neil says,

  • 100% of the verses addressing homosexual behavior denounce it as sin in the clearest and strongest possible terms.
  • 100% of the verses referencing God’s ideal for marriage involve one man and one woman.
  • 100% of the verses referencing parenting involve moms and dads with unique roles (or at least a set of male and female parents guiding the children).
  • 0% of 31,173 Bible verses refer to homosexual behavior in a positive or even benign way or even hint at the acceptability of homosexual unions.

[See here for a full article that discusses pro-gay theology.]

All that being said, in God’s eyes, homosexuality is a sin but so is adultery, stealing, pride, greed, etc. Does any of these facts mean that we should love our children any less if they choose to be gay in the future?  Or should these facts keep us from being friends with someone who chooses that lifestyle? NO, absolutely not! Loving our family and friends and supporting them as people does not mean that we have to agree with or support the choices that they make.
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“The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:19-23

Pre-School Homeschooling-WEEK 4

My Themes For The Week:

LETTER: N                            NUMBER: 3

CHARACTER: Being Nice

BIBLE STORY(S): Noah

BIBLE VERSE: 1 Corinthians 13:13 “Now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

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DAY 2:

DAY 3:

DAY 4:

DAY 5:

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My Thoughts For The Week:

I am still struggling with motivation. I think Kendal is too. We really have not established a steady routine with homeschooling or anything else. I’m sure that is normal for just moving and still being without most of our belongings. I am also finding it hard to do school with Kendal with Audrey in the house. The only times we get anything (other than the movies) accomplished is when Audrey is sleeping or out of the house with Shane. This week we did not work on a Bible verse. Kendal doesn’t seem to be memorizing them at all. Although I know she is capable of memorizing; I’m thinking that with everything that I am doing she may need more than just one week per verse. I need to think that through a bit.

My Project For The Week:

Remember the rainbow using tapioca finger paint? 

1. I drew the outline of a rainbow on butcher paper (left over paper from unpacking our shipment).

2. I took store bought tapioca (in the individual snack cups) and mixed 2 drops of food coloring to 6 different cups.

3. I spooned one color at a time in the outline of the coordinating color spot. Kendal used her fingers to spread it around. I helped by making sure colors didn’t go into other spots. I also filled in any white areas she missed. Kendal continually ate the pudding (which was kind of the point of using tapioca!)

4. After letting the rainbow sit for a few minutes, I used my pampered chef scraper and carefully scraped off the excess tapioca. I scraped a few colors at a time which allowed them to blend slightly.

5. Then, I carefully cut out the rainbow (because it is wet it can tear easily) and hung it to dry. I recommend hanging so that air can get to both sides to dry quicker.

6. Finally, after it dried, I stapled it to the wall in our school room!

My Plans For Next Week:

Monday I am going out of town to have a dental procedure. The rest of the week will obviously depend on how I am feeling.

LETTER: D                           NUMBER: 4

CHARACTER: Patience

BIBLE STORY(S): Daniel

BIBLE VERSE: Isaiah 43:5

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You can find links to all posts in this series on the Pre-School (Home) Index page.

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Pre-School Homeschooling-WEEK 2

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My Themes For The Week:

LETTER: E                           NUMBER: 2

CHARACTER: Being Respectful

BIBLE STORY(S): Elijah & Elisha

BIBLE VERSE: Proverbs 20:11 “Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.”

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DAY 2:

DAY 3:

DAY 4:

DAY 5:

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My Thoughts For The Week:

This week did not at all go as planned. I pretty much had no motivation and really slacked off. We didn’t do any homeschooling on Monday (for this post Day 1 = Tuesday and so on). Day 5 is what I plan to do today (Sat) to make up for the rest of the week. I also didn’t start science yet. Please pray that God gives me the motivation. I really want to do this but I am just not in the routine yet. I also need prayer for time management. Between my business, blogging (if you noticed I didn’t blog at all this week), church ministries, etc. I will have a lot going on soon. I want to use my time wisely and be able to make sure that my priorities are in order. A big Thank You to those of you who have offered your encouragement!

My Plans For Next Week:

My mom, sister, & niece are coming to town so, I plan to do a review week. We will review everything from homeschooling weeks 1 & 2. Also, on Sunday-Monday we will be going to Montana to a friend’s farm. I will count that trip as Field Trip #1!

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You can find links to all posts in this series on the Pre-School (Home) Index page.

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Pre-School Homeschooling-WEEK 1

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My Themes For The Week:

LETTER: K                           NUMBER: 1

COLOR: Black                     CHARACTER: Kindness

BIBLE STORY(S): King David

BIBLE VERSE: Psalm 34:13 “Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies.”

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DAY 1:

  • Kendal already can recognize her name (usually); so now I am trying to teach her how the letters work together by sounding them out and spelling.
  • We read “My K Book” from the My First Steps to Learning series.
  • We read about David & Goliath in The Beginner’s Bible (pages 173-180).
  • She colored a picture of David & Goliath from the My Bible Coloring Book.
  • We watched Veggie Tales: Dave & the Giant Pickle.
  • We watched Your Baby Can Read: Volume 1
  • I showed her several flash cards that had 1 item on them and she counted them.
  • We counted links.
  • We read and worked on memorizing Psalm 34:13.

DAY 2:

DAY 3:

DAY 4:

DAY 5:

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My Thoughts For The Week:

Considering that we have never done a homeschooling routine before, I think that we did okay this week. Our schedule was thrown off because our shipment came on Thursday and I had to unpack it today. I did not do everything I planned to do this week (science activities, King Solomon, shapes, and a craft). But that is one of the reasons homeschooling is nice. It allows you to have some flexibility (especially for this age). I will plan to start science next week, do the craft on our review week, and will probably just skip King Solomon for now. Today when we did tracing, Kendal’s attention span was pretty much non-existent. So I plan to try to do tracing a little each day so that I don’t get frustrated with her by trying to do it all in one day.

My Project For The Week:

I made a bulletin board display for colors! Everyone loves ice cream–I found the templates here. I colored, laminated, & cut out each of the pieces. In the top left corner, you will see a pocket which holds each of the color words spelled out. I plan to use them for an activity in the near future.

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My Plans For Next Week:

LETTER: E   NUMBER: 2                              SCIENCE: Creation-Day 1

COLOR: Grey   CHARACTER: Respect   SHAPE: Circle

BIBLE STORY(S): Elijah & Elisha

BIBLE VERSE: Proverbs 20:11

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You can find links to all posts in this series on the Pre-School (Home) Index page.

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Blog Updates!

I just want to draw some attention to some of the new and old on this site!

  • I have started a Marriage Series! Although there is only one post so far, more will be added on a contiunous basis (like the Anger Series)!
  • This week has been my first week of homeschooling Kendal! I will be posting what we do every week (at the end of each week) so that you can follow along. Each post will contain web-links to all of the resources that I am using. Check back on Saturday to see the first in the Pre-School Homeschooling Series.
  • If you have never done so, I recommend checking out the Biblical Virtue Prayers & Scriptures. Each of these 58 virtues are important for us, our spouses, and our children to have. Try praying one or two a day over  your spouse and children. After you finish the list, start back at the beginning! If you can think of a virtue that I am missing, e-mail me with the virtue and a scripture to back it up. Then, I will be sure to add it to the list!
  • Are you raising girls? Are they enthralled with the Princess Culture? See what Psychologist Dr. James Dobson has to say about it (and my opinion): The Pretty Princess Phenomenon
  • Are you struggling with the concept of Forgiveness? How can forgiveness help to heal your wounds? Here is my forgiveness testimony: Forgive Them?

As always, THANK YOU for all of your support, comments, & feedback. I love hearing from you and I love hearing your stories! Feel free to contact me anytime!

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