We are having a fun school week so far. God is showing me more and more how to let Him lead us!
Some people have wanted to know how this looks practically, so I am going to give you a glimpse.
Letting God lead me doesn't mean I don't have an overall vision. I pray in the spring and summer and ask Him to lead me to the materials best for us. The new challenge to my life this year was to have an idea of what we would study (ancient history for example), but give God reign in the weekly and daily "how" of that.
This was a stretch for me. I like lists and plans and step-by-step "how to" guides! I don't want to feel like I am messing up or leaving something out, etc.
As I mentioned in previous posts, I was led to set up our school year where we go for four weeks and then have one week off. I also said this made sense to me logically, so we have a break from academics, but last week I realized God was using that time to keep our hearts connected with movie time, game time, reading, field trips, visiting with grandparents, and serving/volunteering. It is just as important to train the whole child.
When I began to plan for this week at the end of the last one, God once again changed things up. It's getting more exciting than nerve-racking to me now. I look forward to the new adventure He has planned. I think it is teaching us all how to listen closer to His voice.
In my original plan, we were not going to study ancient China, but God spoke to me about adding that in for the next 2 weeks. He also led me to a living book on science that is more like a story.
Yesterday, we read about ants (something my boys have just never gotten interested in) and we watched a You Tube video where they poured concrete into an underground ant network then excavated it! They said it was the equivalent of men building the Great Wall of China.
Pretty neat connection that I certainly didn't plan, but God did. We read about Confucius and his wise teachings (which were all about the character of a person) and talked about what the Bible says about not being lazy but looking at how hard the ant works and learning from it!
Today we watched a video about ants that was put together for a company to show the workers the importance of team work...while we read about the Legalists that took over China for years and certainly weren't willing to work with everyone for a better society. They didn't care about unity or team building and killed many citizens.
Man makes his plans, but God directs His steps. This seems to be the truth of Scripture God wants me to see this school year. All these divine connections impacting my children and bringing the concepts alive so they stick in the minds!
We are reading through the Old Testament and learning how the Bible is set up and what was taking place in the history of God's people while we look at what was happening in the rest of the world. The younger boys are reading a simple book on Bible stories of the OT and as they examined yesterday (again) what God originally planned for mankind and how Adam and Eve forfeited that but God sent Jesus to bring us back into the family, we also watched a Netflix video called China's Lost Girls about China's one child policy and how many little girls are in orphanages. We are learning how God adopted us and praying about if He would have us adopt.
It is so freeing to get out of a mindset that has held me captive with rules that are only man-made. It is exciting to see God's personal touch on my family. He is weaving a tapestry that will only make sense in the end, but I'm starting to see some small pictures come together.
Don't be afraid to step out of the box. God loves your children more than you do. He knows what they need more than anyone.
Now...since it is snowing, I think we will drink some cocoa and read a book on snowflakes :)