Some time ago I wrote about our morning Ladies' Coffee Hour, which is our devotional time in the morning before school starts. We have continued with it -- hey, I'm doing good. This is the second thing I have purposed in my heart to do consistenly this year, which I am still doing. (The other is daily exercise.) Hooray! The girls and I are reading through the Bible together, sort of skipping through the non-narrative portions, but summarizing them as we go along. This morning we were in Numbers, which doesn't have a lot of action, but I try to make it thrilling.
After reading the Bible, I read aloud to them from History Stories for Children. It is below my older girls' level, but big kids aren't too big to learn from a little kids' book. (Especially when they are weak in history, as you will see.) Our topic was the US flag, combined with a teeny bit of info about WWI and Armistice Day. Today's chapter began with a young boy gazing at the flag, thinking about his father who had gone off to France in 1918. I stopped and asked the girls, "What war was going on in 1918?"
"...The war of 1812?"
"Um, no, that was World War I."
Same child: "Oh yeah. That is the one where the king and queen of Spain got shot, and everyone got mad and started a war!"
Now, I am not going to tell you which of my brilliant, super-achiever homeschooled children said these things. But I WILL tell you that sometimes it is better NOT to have the older children present when trying to teach the younger ones. LOL! *Sigh*
Next we moved on to a nice picture book by Eve Bunting, How Many Days to America? A Thanksgiving Story, which is about a Cuban refugee family arriving in America on Thanksgiving Day, with something BIG to be thankful for -- FREEDOM. We talked about Castro and how all the poor Cubans thought he was going to bring "Change" and prosperity, only to find that Communism was not a good change for the people, after all.
For the past year or more I have been copying and saving good blogposts and articles about femininity, homemaking, goals for girls, courting, etc. I have been picking one or two of those items from my folder each morning also, and sharing with my daughters what a wonderful privilege and blessing it is to be what God made us to be. Today we read about the benefits of being a strong woman -- not in the sense of being headstrong/empowered/liberated but in the sense of having strength of character and the ability to be strong and submissive at the same time. Now there's a talent. And hey! There's an idea for my next church ladies' newsletter article...
Strength and honour are her clothing;
and she shall rejoice in time to come.