Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Three Little Blessings

At the end of each school year, there is always a certain excitement that I get in helping the kids compile all of their project reports and present them to the family. I've been blessed by another year of teaching, another year of learning, and already, we're well into another school year!
There are three very special reasons that make my job as co-teacher with mom so rewarding...

#1 Annalise, who always has an abundance of enthusiasm for the projects that we're working on!

# 2 Austin, who's love for the military weapons of WWI & WWII resulted in his composing an hour long report for his end of the year presentation. I finally had to tell him to condense it to 20 minutes as we did not have time for a full hour. He later told me, "Lynnae, if it makes you feel better, I didn't even tell you everything that I knew in that first presentation." :)

 #3 Ania, who has a unique love for animals. Her library list of pick-ups looks like a zoologist's reading guide :)

I find that I enjoy every minute of the work that God has given me to do here. It is so rewarding to wake up each morning to the enthusiasm of these three little people...though they're usually a bit groggy first thing in the morning :D It thrills my heart when they run to me to impress me with what they've accomplished that day or to proudly show off a completed project.

Austin "attempting" to make a stage for our school play :D
I love it when they discover something new that they have learned and want to share with me! Their knowledge far exceeds that of their teacher, and I love to see it! They all three have very different interests and they do their own research to grow in those certain areas.

Our theme hymn for this year has been "May the Mind of Christ My Savior Live in Me From Day to Day"....a hymn which the kids have been brought back to on numerous occasions during their daily squabbles :) 

May the mind of Christ my Savior
Live in me from day to day,
By His love and pow’r controlling
  All I do and say.

May the Word of God dwell richly
In my heart from hour to hour,
So that all may see I triumph
Only through His power.

May the love of Jesus fill me
As the waters fill the sea;
Him exalting, self abasing,
This is victory.

It's fall time, which means time for some fall projects. Home-ec involves a lot of pumpkin related recipes, their school poster boards center on fall blessings, and this year, for the first time, the kids got to carve pumpkins :)

Our good intentions to take the kiddos on a monthly field trip always seems to dwindle away after the first one. But this year, we are determined to make them more then just good intentions. Our first field trip of the year was taking a tour of the Pendleton Wool Mill which was very interesting. We got to see the whole process that the wool goes through from the first time it's brought into the factory to the dying and spinning stages before it's finally weaved into blankets :)

The kiddos have been given something called "the month challenge"... if they are able to keep up with a certain amount of requirements every day for a whole month, they're rewarded by going out to ice cream at Costco (a little incentive I've found works amazingly when their projects become due ;)

Austin brightened my day one morning when he told me, "Lynnae, I look forward to the mornings because that's when we do group our subjects." ;) Their joy and enthusiasm is what makes my job so wonderful! I love being around the daily household commotion...(and even at times, being the cause of it ;)

I came home one morning to these two people standing very solemnly before me...Austin and Ania told me that they were going to put me on trial for leaving them that morning and going out with mom to coffee instead ;) 

Each day is filled with innumerable blessings! There's a little mason jar on our school windowsill with the verse Psalm 68:19 written on it: "Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits..." Last year, I had each of the kids write something that the Lord had blessed them with that day and place it in the jar. Months later, we would read through some of the older blessings and remember ways in which the Lord had been faithful to us over the school year. It was a good way of remembering times in which the Lord constantly blesses us in little ways that we often overlook. 

We've been working on fall lap-books for the month of October. I assigned them each to write a fall poem to go with their lap-books. Ania handed hers into me and I just thought it was too sweet not to share :)

Colors Of  Fall
When leaves change from green to orange and red,
There are times when you don’t want to get out of bed.
When the cool breeze blows gently into your room,
And flowers that once were a-bloom,
Start to droop and die,
I think it’s time to make some pie.
The pretty little trees that grow
Blow in the breezes that blow
Them to and fro.
And when the  breezes blow your hair,
You’ll know that Fall is in the air.

~Ania Grace Spafford~