Sunday, August 19, 2012

Homeschool Mother's Journal

Well, we are officially at the end of our summer, even though we technically "began" our new school year two or three weeks ago.... ;-) I am hoping to become more consistent with doing the Journal weekly.

So for our summer wrap up:

In my life this week…Monday, Jen was finally able to get her driver's permit! She passed the written test on the third attempt. And now my life will be turned upside down, while turning the driving/chauffeuring over to her! I wonder if my heart will survive! ;-)

I relearned there is no brake peddle on the passenger side of the vehicle! And that passenger seat is a rather scary place to be with a student driver behind that steering wheel.

Monday was also the kickoff meeting for our local homeschool group. We went; I filled out the forms, paid our dues, then headed home.

In our homeschool this week…I've still been trying to get everything set up for our new year; our basic school plans laid out; etc.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…As I said, Monday we went in, for Jen to get her permit.

Tuesday I took Tim on a town trip, since he had a bit of shopping he needed to do. He took me to lunch at Taco Bell, and I was able to try the new Veggie Cantina Bowl. It was yummy!

I’m readingKing Alfred's English!

I’m praying for…One of my classmates, whose mother recently passed away; and for one of the ladies in our local homeschooling group, whose grandmother passed away this week.

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While the children and youth gain a knowledge of facts from teachers and textbooks, let them learn to draw lessons and discern truth for themselves. In their gardening, question them as to what they learn from the care of their plants. As they look on a beautiful landscape, ask them why God clothed the fields and woods with such lovely and varied hues. Why was not all colored a somber brown? When they gather the flowers, lead them to think why He spared us the beauty of these wanderers from Eden. Teach them to notice the evidences everywhere manifest in nature of God's thought for us, the wonderful adaptation of all things to our need and happiness.

Those alone who recognize in nature their Father's handiwork, who in the richness and beauty of the earth read the Father's handwriting--those alone learn from the things of nature their deepest lessons, and receive their highest ministry. Only those can fully appreciate the significance of hill and vale, river and sea, who look upon them as an expression of the thought of God, a revelation of the Creator.

Many illustrations from nature are used by the Bible writers, and as we observe the things of the natural world, we shall be enabled, under the guiding of the Holy Spirit, more fully to understand the lessons of God's Word. It is thus that nature becomes a key to the treasure-house of the Word.

Children should be encouraged to search out in nature the objects that illustrate Bible teachings, and to trace in the Bible the similitudes drawn from nature. They should search out, both in nature and in Holy Writ, every object representing Christ, and those also that He employed in illustrating truth. Thus may they learn to see Him in tree and vine, in lily and rose, in sun and star. They may learn to hear His voice in the song of birds, in the sighing of the trees, in the rolling thunder, and in the music of the sea. And every object in nature will repeat to them His precious lessons.

To those who thus acquaint themselves with Christ, the earth will nevermore be a lonely and desolate place. It will be their Father's house, filled with the presence of Him who once dwelt among us.
--Education, 119, 120.

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  1. Love the quote. Thanks for the reminder that there isn't a brake pedal on the passenger seat, my daughter will be getting her permit in February:) Thank you for sharing.

  2. My girls have been practicing driving. I understand that brake pedal comment.


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