One of my most visited posts this year has been A Letter to my Son…….. You can read it here.
I heard from SO many wives with suggestions for a second letter, that I’m in the process of writing one.
As much as we would like our husband to meet our every need, and to know what we need, we need to remember that he is not perfect. No one is perfect. And, that he is a mother’s son. There is a mom that gave birth to him, and loves him, and wants the best for him, just as we do with our sons.
How do I want my son’s future wife to treat him? Is that how I’m treating my husband?
I needed to ‘un-Disneyfy’ my romantic idea of marriage, and look to Jesus and His idea of the purpose of my marriage.
I am still learning, and our marriage is getting better, day by day……
I’d love to read your thoughts!
One of my favorite resources for teaching preschoolers the sounds and shapes of the letters of the alphabet is a foam puzzle. You can see them here.
But, it wasn’t all fun. I quickly learned the child would push all of the letters out of the frame, and then get frustrated when they couldn’t put them all in the right places. So, I removed all but the first 3 letters, a,b and c. We would review the sounds and shapes of a,b, and c, until they knew them well, and then I added one letter at a time.
I am a advocate of ‘better late than early learning’, so I wouldn’t ever pressure preschoolers to learn. I try to make it as fun as possible.
Pre-schoolers and lots of pieces are a frustrating combination.
Most puzzles have too many pieces. Even the smallest crayon box has too many crayons. My youngest used 3 or 4 crayons for their masterpieces. Many pre-schoolers end up with too many toys that have too many pieces. We can teach them to help us clean up after themselves, but it’s an often frustrating and exasperating for moms.
When my first few children were very young, I was under the impression that there was a direct correlation between the number of toys and my children’s happiness.
I actually think that my children were happiest and most content when I limited the number of toys in our home, and encouraged them to be creative.
We had arts and crafts times, built towns with Duplos and then Legos, did hand sewing projects, grew avocados, oranges and other plants from seed, listened to numerous bible stories, Odyssey, and Your Story Hour on CDs, memorized bible verses put to music, played games, and read lots of books together out loud.
Here are my favorite sites to purchase resources.
Schoolhouse Publishing http://www.shpublishing.com/
Veritas Press #1-800-922-5082
The Classical Teacher http://www.memoriapress.com/
Rainbow Resource Center Inc. http://www.rainbowresource.com/ #1-888-841-3456
Homescience Tools http://www.homesciencetools.com/ #1-800-860-6272
Remedia Publications #1-800-826-4740 (This catalog is full of resources for learners who struggle a little more than other learners)
Christian Book Distributers http://www.christianbook.com/
What are your favorite resources?
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