Joining the Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers once again...
Last week, I mentioned how I've been struggling with my patience of late. I'm not the only one! The kids have been short-tempered, slow to respond to instructions and argumentative, too. After a phone call with a friend, who mentioned her own struggles with her child's attitude, I decided to get serious about addressing these issues in our family. I did a quick search on this parenting website I trust, and found a brief article and a handout to use to begin a discussion with the kids on attitudes. I also remembered this book I had purchased last year and never used. It's divided into sections listing all the types of negative behaviors and sins we need to address at some point in our kids (and ourselves!) We have been spending time each afternoon when RA gets home from school, discussing what the Bible has to say about good attitudes, bad attitudes, an argumentative versus a peaceful spirit, etc. The discussions have been good and even funny. I won't list all the verses we studied so far, but here are a few of the the ones we looked at this week. The verse in bold has become our theme verse of sorts thus far, reminding us that it is honorable to be a peacemaker. The last two, new to the kids, offered comic relief :)
Proverbs 29: 22 "An angry person starts fights; a hot-tempered one commits all kinds of sin."
Proverbs 15:18 "A hot-tempered person starts fights, a cool-tempered person stops them."
Proverbs 18: 6 "Fool's words get them into constant quarrels; they are asking for a beating."
Proverbs 20:3 "Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor, only fools insist on quarreling."
Proverbs 21: 9 "It is better to live alone in the corner of an attic than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home."
Proverbs 21:19 "It is better to live alone in the desert than with a quarrelsome, complaining wife."Unfortunately, co-op was cancelled again for this Friday due to ongoing construction at the church where co-op takes place. On the bright side, it offered us yet another week to stretch out our assignments over five days rather than four, making each day just a little bit easier.
Wednesday marked the 90th day of school for us, the halfway mark in our year! It was exciting to reflect on that. As much as I always admired homeschooling, I never thought it would be a fit for our family yet here we are, halfway through our "experiment!" I am thankful that we have had a fun and productive year so far, and look forward to the adventures God has in store for us for the rest of the year. Monday is also a benchmark for us as it marks the end of our second quarter. Once again, I was busy writing up our quarterly reports this week, and taking stock of what has been working and not working in our homeschool. If you're interested in what we have read so far, check out my post from earlier in the week. And please comment if you have some suggestions for books, we are always on the hunt for a good book :)
We are looking forward to a slow paced weekend, and hoping to finish up some projects around the house we have been working on recently. We have a playdate this evening with some friends from church, the boys have baseball clinics this weekend and Sunday is church. I wish you a wonderful weekend full of family, friends and love!