Week 24 took us into the first books of the New Testament. My daughter was excited to know that we were going to read about the birth of our Savior, His humble beginnings and the work He did in such a short time. It brought up conversations about heaven and who would be there and who wouldn't be there. She said she would ask Mary, "Were you surprised to be the mother of Jesus?" and she'd ask the angel Gabriel, "How hard is it to fight Satan?" She said she would also like to ask Jesus how it felt to rule the world with His love. Yes, these are the kinds of conversations that come up every day when we read our Bible.
This week I decided to start having the kids read their bibles (or devotional) independently every morning. Though we read the Bible together daily, I liked the idea of them starting their morning with God before taking on the day; I wanted them to have their own quiet time with Him. I probably should have started this sooner, but I wanted to get a feel for our school year and how much time we'd have in the morning before we had to bring A380 to school. Plus, my daughter wasn't reading independently yet. She is now though, yay! Both she and her big brother plant themselves on the couch every morning after they're done clearing their breakfast dishes and getting themselves ready. While they're doing that I'm either getting the morning chores done or spending my own time with our Father. By the time they're done we discuss what they've read for a few minutes and then head out the door. We take the time to pray together in the car on the way to my son's school before we part ways.
My Little Toughie is so excited that she's able to read on her own that she created a bookmark by tracing her hand:
Cute, right? I like that her nails are colored. There's an actual arm inside the book too, colored purple. You can do this to get your kids excited about reading on their own. When my daughter told me what she was making I gave her a sheet of cardstock to make it sturdier. Works like a charm! Or you can go ahead and use paper but cut it out and either stick it onto a piece of a cereal box (or some sort of thin cardboard) and then trim that out.
That's all for now. Have a wonderful week!
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