The End Is Near
The end of our first semester is in sight!! Could I *be* any more thrilled? (You simply must use your best Chandler Bing voice for this) No, I cannot! We have been rather loosey-goosey with the schedule this year and are now cramming everything into these last few weeks. One subject I've been rather pleased with is our morning "God Class".
We homeschool for many different reasons, but religious ones were not a huge factor in our decision. I don't even remember it coming up much at all except that homeschooling does allow us to add some God into our regular studies.
Having said that, we actually do begin each and every morning with Him. Now Babygirl and Beans have gone to church since birth....Sunday School, Children's Church, "Big" Church, VBS, etc., and while they have been entertained, they have not learned a whole lot about why we are a Christian family. And because I firmly believe that one of the best gifts God has given us is the gift of choice, I want them to make their own choice and not just blindly follow along with the choice The Husband and I made for ourselves.
I found out about this book (the one in the pic up there) at CurrClick.com one day as I was looking at all of their lapbooking resources and deciding whether or not cutting and pasting a bunch of tiny things in folders would be a good fit for a teen and tween. This book contains 10 chapters or lessons that do an excellent job explaining who Christians believe God to be. There are also a ton of side stories, mini-biographies, works of art, and worldview info. And CurrClick had a $24.99 lapbook on sale for $5.00 (score!!!) that went along with the book. (To be clear, they only sell the lapbook printables on their site....I bought the book on Amazon) We had never done a lapbook before and I wasn't sure if it would be too "babyish" for my kids. It wasn't. We covered a LOT of information using this book and the lapbook provided a way to organize all of that info into little colorful bites instead of it just being a long list of boring facts scribbled in a notebook and quickly forgotten.
I'm thrilled that we remained true to our schedule for this class and I'm excited for them to begin next semester's work.
Below is a pic of Babygirl's nearly completed lapbook: