Homeschool week #2 and an update…

We finished our first trial week of “homeschool” seeing how scripture memory/letter recognition would go. And suprisingly it went really well. I kept those posters of letter “A” and our scripture written out-“Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice.” Philipians 4:4.  Every day I would recite the scripture for the boys several times, and I would ask them both to repeat it back to me (Eamon said the main words). By the end of the week Aidan could say the whole thing and the reference with just a little prompting. And he can recognize letter A really well now. I’ve tried other things before but this seems to work the best, I think just having a whole week to focus on one letter really helps. I do it with Eamon too but only expect him to be getting the beginning of recognition, he’s getting some though it’s really fun.

So this week I am taking a little bit of a different direction. I’m going to find a scripture each week that starts with the letter that we are working on. So this week our letter is “B” and our scripture is the last part of Ephesians 4:2 “Be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Throughout the week we talk about what the scripture means and I have Aidan tell me what it means to “rejoice” or to “be patient” and with the letter we talk about what sound the letter makes and what words start with that letter. It’s really fun because I don’t have to plan a lot but I know that Aidan knows he is learning and he likes it. I will just be playing with the boys and we will talk about the letter or the scripture whenever it comes to my mind.

So my plan is to keep those papers close and to review the other letters/scriptures every once in awhile as well so that he can really get to know them well. I think it’s a good place for me to start and work on easing into homeschooling instead of starting all at once.

Update on my friend Sarah:

Sorry I didn’t update a long time ago! Sarah and her baby are doing really well! Praise the Lord, there is no brain damage in either her or the baby, they both came home from the hospital after about 4 days in the hospital. Sarah was on seizure meds for a month and after having tests to see if she had any damage there was none. Thank you all for your prayers for their family, they are so grateful for all the concern and prayers that went out for their family.

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5 Responses to Homeschool week #2 and an update…

  1. Alane says:

    I love reading about your homeschooling with the boys! My parents homeschooled my three siblings and I all through our growing up years, and I think it’s wonderful that you’re giving your children that same gift. Reading about the way you’re doing a verse for each letter of the alphabet, reminded me of my very first scripture memory book that my mom got when I was maybe 4ish. It had a verse for each letter of the alphabet, and I still remember many of the verses…All we like sheep have gone astray…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ…Children obey your parents…Draw nigh to God… By training up your children in the way they should go, you are teaching them things that they won’t soon forget. :) God bless!

  2. Betsy says:

    What a beautiful way to begin homeschooling, by teaching your children the scriptures. I’ve started working on letters and numbers a bit with our Jonathan, who is about the same age as your Aidan, I believe, since he was asking to do school with the girls. We’ll probably be taking this month off school primary though, with the baby’s birth soon and all. God bless you as you begin this investment in your children’s future!

  3. Tammie says:

    Those are great ideas! Sounds like you are doing a good job. I like the whole idea of having them memorize scriptures.

    Thanks for the comments on my blog, I responded back.
    I have slacked on the blog thing and want to start back. I thought about not doing it anymore, then I read through all the past posts and got teary eyed with all of the pictures and memories. It is well worth the time.

    Tammie

  4. Jenni says:

    Alane, thank you for your encouraging words, it’s good to hear from one who’s been homeschooled :)

    Betsy, yeah, you are so close! I haven’t read your blog for awhile so I had forgotten that you were so close to your due date. Yes, I have a couple friends who are due around now and it does seem really strange that I’ve been pregnant twice during their pregnancy, but it’s possible!! Bless you these coming weeks!

    Tammie, Aidan is loving the memorization part. I was just going to try it to see if he was ready and he is, I help him with making up a song for the verse and he loves it. He even memorizes the references which I was a little suprised at. He’s now starting to notice “A” and “B” while we are out which is really fun for him. About blogging, I have almost completely stopped scrapbooking so it’s my way of picture journaling our memories, I agree it’s worth it! Especially if you have a fire and all your picture memories go away! :)

  5. nanajudi says:

    Aidan shouldn’t have any trouble memorizing those short scriptures, since he can sing all four verses of “The Sinking Sand Song”! At first I thought maybe you were starting “Home School” a little early, but then when I think of all the things he has learned so easily, I realized that all of “Home” is “School” “Speak of these things to your children when you are sitting, and walking, working and playing, etc., etc.” (paraphrased by nanajudi) :)

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