Wednesday, August 29, 2007

To Home school or not to home school

Whether or not I home school (that is still to be decided) I will still teach my children scripture and moral lessons at home.
Each "season" I go through with my children usually sends me to read some sort of parenting book.
The early stages are covered in "The Happiest Baby on the Block."
I've also read another book about using schedules in those early new born days. (I can't remember what it is called right now)
Then there was "Shepherding a Child's Heart."
Shortly after that was "Don't Make me Count to 3!" I love that title!

My latest and most favorite book is the one I'm currently reading. When I saw Bridget for my 10 year reunion, she gave me "Creative Correction" by Lisa Whelchel.
Like some of the other books, this book uses scripture for instructing our kids. Unlike the other books, she combines the importance of scripture with tons of creative lessons instead of just spankings.

I've decided to share with my readers, (ok, my family and maybe a few friends) some of the important lessons and scripture from this book.

I plan on reviewing something every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Here's what we learned on Monday.

Aggravating/Stirring Up Strife
Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins.

Pro. 26:21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.

Pro 29:11 A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control

James 1:19-20 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires

These were some of the verses mention for anger and aggravating.

Lisa also provides a story or activity to help teach a lesson.

Our activity for Monday had to do with fire.

Gibson and Haven each had a sheet of paper. I asked them to tear their paper into little pieces.
Each piece represented their angry actions or angry words. Then, in a big pan I started a small fire. The kids then added their little pieces of paper to it. This made the fire bigger. I then took a damp cloth and put it on top of the fire. This represented turning our listening ears on and zipping our lips when we get angry. (James 1:19-20)

As mom to these kids, I think it's important for their family out there to know what lessons we are teaching at home. That way when they are off visiting you and they begin to aggravate each other or hit or yell, you can remind them to be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. Help them "put out" their fire. :)

I'll let you know what we study today later.


Daniel and Christy said...

I've been telling Hannah "Do everything without grumbling or complaining" but I can't remember where that is in the Bible.

grani said...

I'm so glad that you are my grandbabie's mom!! You are doing a GREAT job!

OKeedokey said...

Phil. 2:14
Do everything with out complaining or arguing, so that you may become blamless and pure children of God.

(I know this b/c it's on the Steve Green scripture song CD) I used to listen to it when I was little.
I'm not sure it helped not complain though!!!
Some of my early blogs sound so whiny!!!