It takes effort to just sit and enjoy my kids. I am much more of a Martha than a Mary. I've recently had some success in my efforts though :)...praise be to our gracious God!
We have begun to enforce chores and the kids have a chart to put a star by their work. It's hit or miss if they remember to put up the star, but they aren't forgetting the work! I've been amazed at their willingness. While working in the kitchen with mom isn't a chore, they sure are enjoying it....and me too! Last week we worked hard at making two salads for dinner (pictures below).
My sweet Darton is a work horse! I've written about his work habits in the past, but he has taken it to a whole new level these last two weeks. You can't give the boy enough to do! His number one talent, hands down, is sweeping. He is so meticulous and you don't have to ask him to do it! He just shows up with a broom and does it! I know this is a lot of exclamations marks, but I just am continually amazed. While I've struggled with knowing how to raise (and even enjoy) my second child, God is showing me just how fun and lovable he really is.
People say, "Wow, how can you live in a foreign country raising small children!" And to it I reply, "How could I live in the U.S. and do it?! While the Lord's grace is sufficient in all circumstances, I say that if I was currently living in the States (aka without house help and a nanny) then either CPS or the Loony Bin would have come and picked me up by now."
Apologia Science, YOU MUST! It's a creation based program that arms the student with facts to fight the mainstream science teachings. For example, when we learned about thermonuclear fusion, we learned not only is it God's design to give the sun power, but also it makes the sun brighter each year. Which when you work backwards seeing that the sun gets dimmer and dimmer each year, you can prove that our sun can't be billions of year old!
When we learned about sunspots on the sun, we learned that they are cooler than the rest of the sun and help regulate the sun's temperature as well as the earth's temperature. Then the curriculum makes sure to give God the credit for his absolutely perfect design.
Apologia Science is truly what we want out of a curriculum....God being the life support of it. He's the veins of what we are teaching; the blood that gives the knowledge life.
The curriculum is FULL of activities to do. We've melted chocolate and burned a leaf with a magnifying glass. The picture below the kids are making Mercury out of a dough that hardens and then we painted it today.
And we are reading!! Whoohoo! The process really flowed so naturally with our phonics program that there haven't been any tears shed or hair pulled out. I've been asked if I feel successful because I've taught someone how to read....not really. Again, I give Barbara Beers all the credit for creating a curriculum that made reading so natural.