Monday, May 2, 2011

Half a day, half a day, half a day DONE!

A very real-life picture of our dining table on school days.

So this morning we had a GOOD all-together time with school.We started out reading and talking about Psalms 1-4, from my daily reading this morning. I found it interesting that we studied Psalm 1 at church last night!  We reviewed the blessed man and the wicked as laid out in Psalm 1--how God establishes and blesses those who treasure His Word and seek to live by it.  Psalm 2 seems particularly relevant right now too, especially in light of the recent news about Osama bin Laden.  We talked about why the war is going on and why it WILL BE(this is relevant to the kids now because of their uncle's service in the Army). We talked about how God wants all people to come to know Him, but how He is also a just Ruler, and so cannot let sin go unpunished, yet in His loving goodness, He, Himself, made a way by His own Son--because no sacrifice, religion, or good deeds of man could ever, EVER pay the price of breaching God's holy standard. We had to talk about those two together because the question arises on the death of such a dastardly enemy: Should we rejoice?
The answer is yes and no. As Christians we are sobered that bin Laden will spend his eternity in Hell because he obviously rejected the truth that Christ proclaimed about Himself. As Americans, we see justice served, and we feel the very human emotions of relief and even satisfaction that such an evil, life-taking individual has met justice, finally, at the cost of many, many "innocent" lives.  It's one of those opportunities when the strain between being IN this world and yet not aligning oneself with the values and system of this world is keenly felt.

1 Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

"The way of the wicked will perish" really sums it up. God is the giver of Justice, as well as grace. We cannot give Him counsel, but we can go to Him! 

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." Proverbs 9:10

One reason we home educate is the freedom of bringing God's Word as a lamp to light the happenings of this world as we study them. No study can be complete without looking through the lens of absolute Truth, found only in the Bible, the inspired, eternal Word of God.

 Soooo, back to our "school" day!

For History right now, we are using Story of the World, and our lesson today was on the Crimean War. It deals with this part of the world:
We read our chapter, then did map work. They worked in teams.

I love that C can help her younger brother with his work, and even more I love that she doesn't (always)mind doing it!

When that was finished, they had little chocolate treats. ;-)

 The Boy was inspired to re-create  The Charge of the Light Brigade with Legos. 

 We read and discussed the poem a bit, talked about Florence Nightingale...did math. . . .

It was a pretty good day!


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