7.09.2011

Discipleship Deliberation: Vol. 1, Issue 1

NapalmInTheMorning

My online friend, Q, recently started a home education-related link up she calls Discipleship Deliberation. I like Q's way of looking at life - great minds think alike, lol! - and so I'm going to try her format for our weekly home learning summaries. If you'd like to join in, just visit Q to get her button, read her deliberation for the week, and review her guidelines.

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The week in general ~ This was a big week for us because July 1 marked the official beginning of our new term, which runs through June 30, 2012.

In our studies this week ~ We enjoyed Fourth of July-related field trips to a county park with a new observation tower, the aquatic center in my in-laws' hometown, and a concert and fireworks display in a nearby town. Then, on the fifth, we launched into our new core curriculum, My Father's World: Creation to the Greeks, spending time this week reviewing the biblical creation account and beginning to read about and experiment with light. In math and spelling, we just reviewed previously-learned concepts, but we started a new language arts book and chose new literature books to begin the term (The Mystery of Pelican Cove for Rachel and Toliver's Secret for Abigail).

What needs some tweaking ~ Since we're coming off nearly six weeks of very open-ended days, we just need to get back into the swing of having some daily structure.

My own discipleship ~ I started reading Made to Crave. Based on the first few chapters, I see it as a game-changer in terms of how I view the relationship between my spiritual and physical health - another step in the journey.

The best thing about the week ~ In conjunction with Creation to the Greeks, we'll celebrate a number of Old Testament feasts in the coming months, beginning this week with a version of the traditional Sabbath celebration. We enjoyed the whole experience, but my favorite part was making the challah bread from scratch. I don't cook entirely from scratch very much so that was a treat. Plus, I really resonated with the suggestion given in Celebrating Biblical Feasts, our guidebook of sorts, that I pray for my family while kneading the bread. It was as if I were folding my prayers into that bread. And, since they later ate the bread, it's as if my prayers went right into them. Wow.

Questions, comments, thoughts ~ We have a fun week coming up. More on that...in a week!

Something to share ~ My beautiful girls shortly before the fireworks show:

1 comment:

Q said...

Thank you, Tina! Nice deliberation, and I just put Made to Crave on hold at the library. :)

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