Monday, August 22, 2011

Tales of a Homeschool Nothing ~ Back to School Part 2 ~ Obedience, Mother May I, & Lighthouses

After an insane beginning to our "back to school" week, Thursday & Friday were relatively calm. Since my schedule had already been altered, I decided to just focus on our Unit Study from Konos for the rest of the week.

We started out by studying obedience, authority, & light. The kids learned who to obey, why we should obey, & what happens when we do not obey. (Now, let's see if they can obey!!!)

"Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right."  Ephesians 6:1

For fun we played "Mother May I?". Of course the kids loved that part!

We also spent a lot of time talking about lighthouses. We learned how beneficial lighthouses are, how much hard work goes into keeping the lighthouse working, & how lonely life in a lighthouse can be.

The Little Red Lighthouse & the Great Grey Bridge
As I was reading this children's classic, God kept sending comparisons my way. The little lighthouse was proud of what he could do & how important he was until he fell into the shadows of a mighty bridge. I thought about how many times we get too big for our britches & then God shows us how little we are. Then when the bridge told the lighthouse that it was still needed, I realized that God still wants to use us.

Austin found a different similarity. He saw the parallel between the lighthouse showing ships the right way to go & how we need to lead sinners to Jesus. I just love the honesty & simplicity of children!

Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie
This is a true story of a young girl who has to grow up while her father goes to the mainland for supplies. During his absence, the stormy winter season sets in & delays his return. Abbie not only has the tiring job of manning the lighthouse, but she must also care for her sick mother & younger sisters. Call me sentimental but this simple little story brought tears to my eyes!

The highlight of our week...da da da dum...THE LIGHTHOUSE

We made a lighthouse out of a bottle, a 6 volt bulb, a bulb holder, a 9 volt battery, some wire, & a switch so we could cut it off and on.We aren't quite done with the "beautification process" but the idea is there. After a little trial & error, and some research, Austin & Makenzie were absolutely amazed that we could make this work. I can't wait until we get it finished.

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