I have recently been asked if littlesanctary had a facebook page. Up until this point, I only had my personal page, but within the last few days, I decided to make a separate page for littlesanctuary.
If you come to my blog you will notice in the sidebar I use delicious to bookmark posts and articles that I find interesting. I also use my twitter account to post quotes, or scripture.
Life has gotten busy, as the children have become older, so my blog posting has slowed down quite a bit. However, I do write many blog posts in my head, I just cannot seem to get to a computer in time to write them down before I forget them. :)
I am hoping the littlesanctuary facebook page will be a place to bring my delicious bookmarks, blog posts that I can remember to write, and twitter quotes all in one place.
So, if you are interested you can find littlesanctuary on fb here.
This table is one of my favorite pieces of furniture in the house. It has now become more than a place to share a meal. We have also laughed, entertained guests, schooled, and made many memories around this table. The children have grown up before my eyes here. When we first bought the table some 14 years ago, the wood was softer than I thought it would be, so as the children did their schoolwork it would leave an indention. When I first discovered the softness of the wood, I have to admit I was a little upset, but now I would not trade those marks for anything. Over the years, I have even discovered their names carved into what they thought was a secret place along the edge.
There is something very special about gathering around a table. God Himself will gather His children around a table for supper one day.
Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” Revelation 19:9
May I take a moment to encourage the generation who is coming after me to make supper a priority in your home. If possible, protect this time. I know it can be hard with church and school activities, but with planning and preparation, whether supper is at four in the afternoon, or eight in the evening, it can be a wonderful memory maker for your family. Has your table become just a place to dump stuff? If so, may I encourage you to clear it off, and begin making memories around it, and please turn off the TV, cell phone, iPod and talk to one another.
And if you need a little help planning mealtime try emeals. I have been using it for a couple of years and love it…
We lived to tell about it…the first term of school that is.
It has been an interesting fall. I have not blogged much about school yet because I wanted to get a good feel for it first. The first few weeks I wanted to run home with my children as fast as I could not because of anything horrible, just because I missed the old routine. My littlest one that is in K-5 had a rough start. It was a big adjustment for her. She is just now settling in and doing well. She is the tiniest one in her class, but seems to be holding her own and has made friends. The two high schoolers and the 3rd grader love it there. The middle schooler and 5th grader could take it or leave it.
I am fortunate that my lunchtime is the same as two of my children, one of them being the five-year old. Lunchtime together is a wonderful part of our school day.
I am also thankful that I get to see my children multiple times during the day and receive lots of hugs as I pass them in the halls, or see them on the playground. I also pull two of them three days a week and work with them.
There are things I miss about homeschooling. Things like sleeping late, no homework, spontaneous field trips, not being tied to the school calendar…sleeping late … did I mention that I miss sleeping late. I have decided if I ever start a school it will begin no earlier than nine and only have class four days a week.
There are things I really like about our Christian School. The teachers are all wonderful, and really care about the students. The administration is fantastic to work with, and very family friendly. The curriculum is Biblically sound and they are using my favorite Bible curriculum. There is a strong emphasis placed on teaching the kids to have a Biblical Worldview.
The middle and high school had the AXIS team come in during the first term for a three-day worldview conference. Preacher daddy and I had the privilege of having the team members stay in our home. It was great to get to know them and have our children interact with them outside of the school day. I am thankful to be a part of a school that will cancel classes for three days, so that an emphasis can be placed on Biblical thinking.
Overall, my children had a very good first term, and after receiving their very first report cards ever in their lives… I am proud to say, they made A’s and B’s. WooHoo!
As of now, I have nineteen students. I work with them anywhere from two to three times a week most of them see me for thirty minute, or hour sessions. I anticipate as the school year goes on I will be evaluating and adding more students. This past week I added my own five-year old to the list of students that I will be seeing. Dyslexia affects one in five people worldwide. It can be mild to severe and it is inherited. Dyslexics can learn to read they just have to learn using a different method than students who grasp letters and sounds easily. The earlier it is detected the better.
Right now, the school is remodeling a room that will be my permanent teaching home, since the beginning of the school year I have been sharing a room with the Spanish/Music teacher. I have so enjoyed getting to know her. I know the Lord put us in the same room for this season. Her husband is a youth minister, and since preacher daddy was a youth minister for over twenty years it has been fun getting to know her and share youth ministry stories.
As far as being on staff at the school, I really enjoy it. I think the teachers are still trying to figure me out, but I am trying to keep a low profile. I am not sure I want them to know I am a little
crazy unusual. They all seem kind of professional, and I’m just a homeschool mom who happens to have a degree in education, with three dyslexic kids, which forced me to find a way for them to learn. Thankfully, they have not found my blog yet. At least I don’t think they have. They will for sure know I am crazy unusual if they ever discover it.
There are days I still think about returning to homeschooling, but for now, I know this is where the Lord has us. Even though it is a covenant school that has many wonderful students, we still encounter several students daily who say and do things that are not Godly and are very much of the world. I am thankful that my children have been able to identify the bad behavior and for now not emulate it. We still have ongoing discussions about what God’s standards are and how the enemy will try to trick and deceive us. I pray they will continue to grow in the Word, do well academically, and enjoy their first year of “building” school.
So I guess for now to sum it up…we survived the first term…now three more to go.
Mind reader reveals his secret…