Ora et labora
~St. Benedict

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Big T's Book Picks

Year II of Tis the Season

TnT did venture to the Hancock Center again before Christmas to take part in remembering those who are often forgotten.  Each year, one of our homeschooling groups meets up to put together care bags and create Christmas cards for the homeless.

Last year 75 bags were donated and this time around, we were able to collectively put together 100 bags for donation through Mary House. The children really put their hearts into decorating beautiful Christmas cards, for they knew these were to be amongst the most treasured of gifts given out to people who truly have nothing. 

I often speak to my boys about compassion, but it was nice to have Director Lynn Goodman-Strauss of Mary House speak to all the children about the faces we frequently see on street corners in our community. She graciously answered very real questions and concerns posed by our young group, driving home the keen understanding that we are all children of God.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

My Teacher, My Brother

One of the greatest benefits homeschooling affords us is the choice of how we learn. Be it at a desk, on the floor, outside, on our heads, or hanging from a tree....TnT certainly seize and create their own learning opportunities.

Big T has gotten into the rigors of his studies a little more this year, and it's quite normal that he include Little T in daily assignments, experiments, and skills. He even goes a step further and breaks down lessons for his younger brother to understand.

In turn, Little T models this behavior and makes up his own lessons to teach various family members. I really have to be up on my trivia (on anything and everything), because I never quite know when I might be a guest on a random TnT game show.

Impromptu Early Morning Geography
Learning for the joy of it