What a fun day the kids had today! On Seth’s morning off, he helped them build a Roman road.
Then he showed them through the “Romans Road” in the Bible, how that the letter to the Romans includes some of the clearest verses on salvation from sin. The boys counted the word faith 27 times from Romans 3:21-5:2. I enjoyed the break to get some baking done, and the boys made a wonderful memory with their dad.
The rest of our homeschooling week was spent normally–more instruction in single-digit subtraction, spelling easy short-vowel words, and phonics. Poor Caleb has had to compete with toddler distraction lately during math flashcards practice. He tries to beat his former time, but 2-year old Callie stands beside him repeating loudly every number he says!
Caleb finished another reader in reading and started The Bridge Book. Today Caleb was introduced to his final chart of “special sounds” in phonics. Once he learns those sounds, he has all of the basic phonograms he needs in order to read! Exciting!
I like the poem he’s learning for language:
Work while you work; play while you play;
This is the way to be happy each day.
All that you do, do with your might.
Things done by halves are never done right.
He asked if I agreed with it, and I reminded him of the verse, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.”
I spent time yesterday planning the rest of our year in science (which will cover the 6th day of creation–humans–we just finished studying animals), coinciding 106 Days of Creation Studies with an ABeka 1st grade health reader. Organization makes me happy.
We found an awesome dead spider hanging from our rafters outside just when Caleb was supposed to be looking for a lizard to draw for nature study. We put the spider in a jar instead, and Caleb and Colin tried to draw it.
The South African schools were off this week beginning two weeks of holiday. I felt bad sending away village kids who wanted to play with Caleb. We had to keep working because of our long break in America, but usually I want our school calendar to coincide with South Africa’s.
The young men loaned willing hands to work on our church stand Monday and Wednesday. Seth learned the Tsonga word for removing dirt from a fence post hole. 🙂 Tuesday Seth attended Lovey’s funeral, the brother of one of our church members.
I was thinking about the solidity of the Roman roads, how some endure even to today, and I wondered if I was building my house in such an enduring way. Proverbs 14:1–“Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.” I had some encouraging discussions with Caleb and Colin this week as we read about some of Jesus’ parables. I hope we are laying a good foundation for enduring, Christ-loving godliness in their hearts.
How did you build your house this week?