That seems to be our theme recently... BATTLES. Battles with illness, battles with clutter, and battles in our curriculum. This last one is a two-part battle of which I'll share last.
At least one person in our family has been sick since Christmas. Hubs had it bad in the respiratory system for a while, and he rarely gets sick. I hurt my back months ago and it's finally significantly better. Then, Katie came down with bronchitis and strep throat last Friday. She ever so kindly shared her germs with me, so now I have strep throat and a terrible cold. Emily is a bit congested and coughing, too.
Somewhere in the middle of treating, feeding, and cleaning up after everyone (before I got sick), I decided it was time to take control of the household pharmacy. I completely emptied the closet that contains mostly medicines, bath & body products, and towels. As if that wasn't enough, I decided to throw in the bathroom cabinet as well. Why not?
There it all was, sprawled out all over the hallway floors, bathroom counter, and my bed. Oh dear! I wondered how all that stuff fit into such tiny spaces. My plan to have it all cleaned up and organized by the time Hubs got home from work didn't pan out, by a long shot! It took hours to clean up that mess. Hours! But I got it done and feel so good about it.
In the process, I found enought hotel products to fill a pretty good size box, with some overflow in a smaller basket. The small basket now sits on a shelf in the closet, making it easy to quickly grab what's needed and will be refilled until the supply is gone. I truly felt like a hoarder! Determined to use it all, I'm not buying any shampoo or conditioner until this is all gone, unless there is an incredible deal. And I do mean indredible.
Old stuff was tossed out, unwanted stuff went into a donation bag and the rest was neatly organized. Extra items like soap and bandades went into clear boxes that are clearly marked and placed on shelves. I elimated a plastic 3 drawer unit that was 2 feet wide which opened up a perfect spot for a dirty clothes basket. What a job!
Finally, the two-fold topic of today's post. Battles in the curriculum. We are learning about Ancient Rome... kings, emperors, and gladiator's in the games. Fighting, fighting, fighting. Blood, beheading, persecution... It was such a dark time. For me, it's informative. I'm reading things with the kids in much greater detail than I ever remember reading it before. Maybe it's my age. Maybe I've never read it in that great of detail. Maybe I blocked it out in the same way my kids do at times. Reading about all fighting does give a greater appreciation for the death and reserrection of Jesus Christ and the hope that we have as His followers. But, it sometimes causes my kids to worry and for lack of better explanation, it grosses them out! To hear, day after day, how Christians were (and still are) persecuted for their faith, often dying a violent death, is scary enough for an adult let alone an 8 and 11 year old.
So this brings me to part two of the curriculum battle. This is the one going on in my mind. The thoughts swirling around - Do I continue? Do I stop? Do I skim over and summarize? And what about next year? Do I stick with the same curriculum company? I realize that history is history. Bad things happened. People were killed and brutally beaten, both for power and for game. But at my kids' ages, how much is enough? How much detail do they need right now? These questions all beg for answers. I'm not confident at all in finding answers myself. My confidence lies in the Lord alone to lead me to the answers. To help me through this internal battle. To give me wisdom and discernment. And I will, of course, continue reading homeschool blogs for ideas, inspiration, and encouragement.
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