One of the things I love most about homeschooling, is the synergy you get when all your energy is focused toward a single goal - introducing my boys to Life. It's amazing how you can weave things together when you are the primary director of their education. Not that I need to be their sole resource for learning, but I am the one mapping out the best plan for them to learn and grow based on their individual needs and our family's beliefs.
One of the things we struggled with last year, when the boys were in school, was not jut relying on our Church to teach the boys their faith, but incorporating that as a family. I'm sorry to say that besides some prayers, the fleeting curious conversation, or singing "Jesus Loves Me" before bedtime, our intentionality in this area was minimal. Yet somehow, through God's grace, Hayden accepted Christ last year, despite my bungling, thanks to our awesome children's ministry teachers.
One of my goals this year is to be more intentional in this area and incorporate God in our lessons. So far, this has been one of my favorite parts of our studying. I love science, and it's so fun to show off God's creation through the lens of science. They are at an age where they are just amazed and curious about everything. Science is quickly becoming one of their favorite times.
The last two weeks we started off in Genesis talking about God's Spirit hovering over the water and how everything was formless. What a great segue into a science unit on water! We talked about the states of water, density, and did some fun experiments with sinking/floating, created our own Lego boats to find out which ones would float and even made an "ocean in a bottle" with oil, water, and food coloring. Such fun!
This week we've moved into God creating light and darkness, so I've lined up some awesome fun with light, spectrum, rainbows, and even a sun dial! I love being able to bring an often heard passage to life by showing and explaining how God's creation works.