Thanks for visiting my blog. I began journaling about my daily life when I was eleven. Over the years, this has grown to become a way for me to share my thoughts rather than my daily life. I’m pretty open with sharing all the beautiful chaos of life with six children. I have to remind myself to extend grace to myself each and every day! It is my hope that my writings will help others to learn to extend grace to themselves too. After all, if it weren’t for the Grace of God, life would just be messy. I’m so glad that life can instead be a Beautiful Mess and is covered by His Beautiful Grace.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Cleaning out..... Looking Ahead

I'm hoping to post pictures later (if I can locate the camera, which Elijah thinks is ours to share now) but today I am working on cleaning out some things in our classroom (I know, not really part of that cleaning list but since I'm behind, it shouldn't matter much).  I'm finally pulling out the curriculum that we had purchased at the beginning of the school year and getting it ready to sell.  I'm simplifying our shelves so that the boys know just what they need to be working on through the end of the school year. 

I am so excited with how this year has gone for us and I'm excited about the possibilities for next year.  Elijah has already decided on our first Social Studies topic for next school year and I will spend my summer preparing for that.  It will require lots of preparation and prayer because it is such a sensitive topic.  He wants to know about slaves and why people were so mean to African Americans.  We have worked very hard to teach our children love and respect for everyone, no matter their skin color.  Yesterday with tears in the corner of his eyes, he asked, "Why did peach people used to be mean to brown people?"  Someone told him that whites once fought the blacks and made them be slaves.  We've never referred to African Americans as blacks nor ourselves as whites.  The story that he has been told was no-doubt learned from another child that doesn't know and understand our history either.  He and I talked about it for a little bit and I promised that we would study that period of history so that we can both better understand it.  We have read a few books about it in the past and we will be reading much more about it soon.  If you have any suggestions for websites or books that would help in teaching this, please leave a comment below.  I want to be sure that in teaching this, I will teach an attitude of sympathy, love and understanding rather than one of entitlement and hate.  Please be in prayer for me as I work to prepare this study for the fall. 

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