Wednesday, June 10, 2009
the proverbs 31 plan
Here are two boys that look a bit like mine. They love being in the woods or down at the creek. And they're mischievous:) Wyatt is 12 and Paul is 9. Where has time gone!?
We've been homeschooling for eight years as our school choices are so limited here. Recently my editor asked how homeschooling was going and I had to admit it's taken a bit of a hit. I'm not as creative as I used to be and the boys do a lot of their book work alone with me supervising from my laptop across the room. Paul didn't read till last year (he was almost nine) which caused me some concern. But I didn't make him do any bookwork till he was seven! He just wasn't ready. Wyatt learned to read and do everything else very early. Just a difference in children. The books that worked wonderfully well for Wyatt I had to toss for Paul. If you're having trouble getting your child to read, please consider implementing, "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Lessons" which is not a gimmicky method. It works! Paul was reading around lesson 80 and now consumes all kinds of books like popcorn though his favorite are Archie comic books:)
I also wanted to share what I call the Proverbs 31 Plan which I borrowed from another homeschooling mom. Since there are 31 days of the month, usually, and there are 31 chapters of Proverbs, Wyatt reads a chapter a day and picks out a couple of verses he really likes and writes them down in a notebook. We then talk about them and discuss what they mean for today. It's a wonderful way to bring the Bible to life (like it needs any help!?) but it does seem to reach my pre-teen son. Try a unique translation like The Message.
Here are some favorites:
Listening to gossip is like eating cheap candy; do you really want junk like that in your belly? Proverbs 18:8
Don't wear yourself out trying to get rich; restrain yourself! Riches disappear in the blink of an eye; wealth sprouts wings and flies off into the wild blue yonder. Proverbs 23:4-5
A person without self-control is like a house with its doors and windows knocked out. Proverbs 25:28
Now we're off to town and violin lesson, lunch at Wendy's, errands and groceries. Sunny here and expected to be 80! I've been writing round the clock, or so it seems, and it will be nice to have a break. Happy Wednesday!