Please vote. Take your sons and daughters with you. Explain to them the very awesome privilege we have of helping to choose our own leaders.
“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual – or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” ~Samuel Adams, Essay in the Boston Gazette, April 16, 1781
Since your school at home is now underway for this year, it seems a good time to share some ways to keep the little ones busy. I am sharing this post by my friend Joy over at Artful Homemaking, with her permission:
Toddlers and Preschoolers are a delight! Sometimes, though, it takes a bit of creativity to keep them happily occupied, whether you’re working on school with older children, or just working on a project of your own.
How do we mothers balance the masculine, tougher side of our boys and yet encourage them to grow into the well-rounded men God designed them to be? There is no one way I know, but a multiplicity of ways (or enrichments, if you will) that work together to accomplish this happy blending of manliness and kindness, steel and velvet.
And a caveat: I am not talking about the wide range of God-given physical features or strength here. A man doesn’t need to be ruggedly built or look a certain way to be a wise, capable leader. And if there is a disability, the work becomes that of developing the mind and the inner spirit of the man. Hard work doesn’t always have to be physical.
Nature study enrichment can begin to develop the care-taking dimension of a boy’s heart. Men are designed to be care-takers of their family and to take dominion over what God has placed in their care while here on earth. Boys need to be prepared for this important task. Nature study seems to balance their rough and tumble sides. They learn how to be gentle with what is placed in their care.
My friend Ingrid is the mother of four boys. I have asked her to share with us some of the creative ways in which she teaches her very active young men and how she seeks to strike a good balance between being ‘all boy’ and being ‘gentle men’.
It’s very enjoyable to start off your school year with a unit study. The Bible, science, history, language arts, geography and math are incorporated here for an autumn inspired apple unit study. If you have a week or two along with some of the resources listed below, you will be wondering why you haven’t “picked” this unit study topic before… After all, it’s as “American as apple pie”!