A documentation of what Z and G are learning before they start school.
Here's an update of our board just before school started:
At breakfast (and whenever the boys choose), we work on our memory verses:
"Then Jesus said to them, 'I am the light of the world. Those who follow me will not walk in darkness, but have the light of life!'"
"And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your might."
"But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
1 John 4:7
"Dear friends, love one another, for love comes from God, and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God."
"And this will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
"We love because He first loved us."
"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever."
And just in case you're starting to think all we do is sit around quoting scripture, check out Cary's latest teaching accomplishment... (Their first bar joke.) Zeke is his Mama's son - he starts with the punchline. Gabe's about got it down, but he likes to contribute endings more consistent with toddler humor - it's all about knowing your audience, I guess.
The boys have been taking lessons on the instruments of their choice for about a year now. In the past, when parents asked me when they should start their children on music lessons, the earliest I've ever recommended was age five. However, the boys started indicating at age two that they wanted -- really wanted -- to play the cello and the guitar. (We're talking, outside in the yard, picking up sticks and pretending it's a cello bow. Turning regular toddler toys into pretend guitars and asking Mommy and Daddy for a pick.) Cary and I desperately want them to have every opportunity to pursue the callings God has placed on their hearts, so... (after 6+ months of them asking), we began lessons. We have great teachers who are giving the boys enough material to practice every day, and this has meant a lot of discipline... for Mommy!! (Who herself was never an A+ practicer. Sorry, Mama.) Thank the Lord that these children remain motivated to practice every day. Another perk is that as the boys get older, practicing with them gets easier as they become more and more independent, developing new abilities almost every week! Here's a look into our practice routine, formerly mornings, but now that preschool and Bible study have started, immediately following their naps.
Here, Gabe is at the end of his practice... He's obviously tired and his attention span is about shot, but I love that he finishes it out.
Meanwhile, Zeke practices writing in his pre-writing notebook, and then colors.
Zeke's turn to practice! (Mom forgot to take video.)
Gabe's turn to practice writing and color - this is one of my favorite pages he's ever colored.
LEARNING IS EVERYWHERE
The boys take the learning everywhere - recently I got this new free screensaver (love it!) but it has been the best number practice for the boys! They walk into my room and yell, "Mommy!!! Mommy! 11! That's 12!"
And with all of God's glory right at our fingertips, what's not to love about being outside?
ON THE FARM