Thursday, September 3, 2015

Sola scriptura: A series for home educating with The Bible

A day in Deuteronomy 28: Blessings Follow Obedience

This year we are letting the Bible shape our days. You can read about my decision here: The Bible as Curriculum.

"If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:

You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.

The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.

Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.

You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.

The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.

The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.

The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in obedience to him. Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will fear you. The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you.

The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them."

We started our day comparing and contrasting the verses in the various translations we own. Discussing the differences, and identifying what Synonyms are. The kids picked up right away that they could understand the context of the Scripture better by reading two or more translations of the verse. We learned the root language and vocabulary of Deuteronomy. Then I had the kids handwrite and recite the blessing portions.

Next, we picked apart portions for study and comparisons. "You will be blessed in the city, you will be blessed in the country." The kids listened to the book on tape of "Town Mouse, Country Mouse" which helped us cover geography, literature, reading comprehension and listening skills. They also painted pictures of a city scene and a country scene for art.

We covered health by defining what it means to have "the fruit of your womb be blessed."

We reviewed directional practice and spacial reasoning for right and left.

For math we took a look at the number 28, backwards and forwards. This covered counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, sequencing, and concrete problem solving.

Bringing back around our directional practice, spacial reasoning, listening and observational skills into a fun game, I put a spin on "Follow the Leader" and we went outside for fresh air and gym time. I made 3 tags: one "Obedience" and two "Blessings". We pinned them on our shirts with clothespins and the blessings had to follow and copy whatever and wherever the obedience went. We all took a turn being the leader, and the kids had a blast getting mom to swing off trees, be goofy all around the yard and go down the slides. They loved playing our new game, "Blessings Follow Obedience."

It fit in nicely that our classic literature read aloud as a family is currently Black Beauty. We read our chapter after dinner and even took an impromptu field trip to the neighbor's house, where she talked with them all about their horses. It was a great hands-on animal science lesson. She has retired horses, so she was able to talk to the kids about a lot of the themes throughout Black Beauty, including animal care, respite, communication, training and grooming. She told the kids, "an untrained horse is a useless horse." It tied in beautifully with our lessons on obedience and how God can use us better when we are fully trained. What a blessing!!

We topped off the day with this wonderful song I found about being blessed through obedience. It's called, "Listen, Obey and Be Blessed- Kingdom Song 120"

I can't wait to see what God has in store for us next; home learning through His Word.

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