Homeschooling: The Wise Man and Saving to Build

These past couple weeks we have been going over some different things; all related to being wise, saving, and spending. Matthew 7:24-27 says the wise man builds his house upon the rock. To illustrate, we got two yogurt containers (hey, it’s all I had!) and made those our houses. One, we placed in the sand and one I glued to the bottom of an empty pot.  I know, this is kind of cheating, but it was better than having glue in the sand box to the same end. Then, we sang and talked while we waited for my glue to dry. When the rains came tumbling down, the house on the sand goes flying and (please, Jesus, let this work!) the house on the rock stood firm! Yay! Our rain was a high pressured stream from the garden hose. It worked wonders and my four year old, Turbo, had the best time going nuts with the hose. It was a great way to cool off in our 100 plus weather, too.  What a blast!

We also went over another verse which I cannot remember at 1 am, my apologies…where the Bible says you should count the cost before beginning to build otherwise you will get halfway through and realize you cannot finish. People will think you are foolish if you cannot finish your house. For this verse, we built a house out of animal cookies and peanut butter.  One house we couldn’t finish, and the second made a nice (if very small) house for a small man figurine I snatched out of the toy box. It made a delicious snack afterward to boot. Two for one, oh yeah!

Tonka man vs Joseph

Turbo says, “I want to live in this house!”

This one!

Yes, tonka man has a greasy sad face…tacked on with peanut butter as an after-thought. He is so sad that his house sucks.

So sad...

This week we are studying the book A Chair For My Mother by Vera Williams. In the story, the girl and her mother save up all their coins to buy a chair because they lost everything in a fire. We have done all manner of things related to this book. It is fantastic! I remember reading it when I was a little girl. We have talked about giving, saving, money, coin denominations, done coin rubbings, counting, sorting, talked about fire safety, and read together many times.

So far, school is starting out nicely. We have also done some writing exercises and phonics work, and I’m getting both the Toolman (2) and Turbo (4) on a basic chore cycle. Putting away silverware and getting out their own cups is sometimes more of a help than I can possibly explain. I love that they are getting old enough to help and actually be of help.

Our little Princess is taking most of this pretty well. She will sit through school or nap while the boys work without a fuss. I’m sure this won’t always be the case, but for now we are having a great time; this first month has been quite nice.

NOTE: This was originally published in August of 2011. 

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