Here are a couple of things I’ve learned about myself:
- I tend to fear wasting time.
- Lazy days, quiet moments, meandering without a plan – all of these are things that do not come easily to me. I desire to have them, but my nature resists them to some degree. I still have so far to go, but slowly I am learning that days like these can be just as fulfilling as a day filled to the brim. Some days will be full of adventure and breathtaking moments; one in a million experiences, all-encompassing happenings. But not every day will be lived in this way. And – maybe more importantly – not every day needs to be lived in this way. There is a place for stillness.
- Sometimes I unwrap things for others that are meant to be unwrapped by themselves.
- A good example of this is when I rush my children to the conclusion of a life lesson that was meant for them to learn. Instead of waiting and allowing them to work through things on their own I jump ahead. Oftentimes I believe I do this in these blog posts, as well. There is an incredible amount of beauty, truth, and goodness in these bundles, much of which I have already unpacked for myself as I prepare them. Sometimes I want to unpack it all for you, making sure you don’t miss anything. BUT my position here is not to steal the joy of unwrapping the gift from you, it is to present you with the gift and allow you to unpack the box yourself.
This summer I hope to combat these two things…I want to enjoy some “unproductive” moments spent experiencing summer as I used to know it when I was younger (carefree and lighthearted), and I hope to present to you a beautifully wrapped gift in the form a morning time bundle, ready for you to enjoy and unwrap yourself.
The July bundle is full of some very simple, sweet summer pleasures meant to help you enjoy the summer season; purposefully and slowly.
Our July composition can be found here: North Sea Pictures Op.390 – by Johann Strauss II
You can read more about Johann Strauss Jr.’s life here: Classics for Kids: Johann Strauss II
You can here more of his music here: Classics for Kids: Shows
Our poem this month is a sweet summer poem that I hope you truly enjoy.
The poem can be found here: Barefoot Days by Rachel Field
Read more about our poet, Rachel Field, here: Rachel Field Biography
You can find other poems by Rachel Field here: Rachel Field Poems.
This months art piece, Sea Gulls and Sapphire Seas by Robert Gemmell Hutchison, is a beautiful depiction of summertime.
You can find this months art piece here: Sea Gulls and Sapphire Seas by Robert Gemmell Hutchison
You can find a biography of this month’s artist here: Jenna Burlingham: Robert Gemmell Hutchison
To view other works by Ward click here: Wiki Gallery: Robert Gemmell Hutchison
Month 2 of an 18 month series on the Character Qualities of God. God is Faithful!!
Deuteronomy 7:9 – “Know therefore that the Lord they God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations.
Faithful – steadfast in affection or allegiance, firm in adherence to promises or observance of duty, given with strong assurance.
Key Concept – God always keeps his promises because that is who he is. His children can trust him because he will always do what he says.
II Timothy 2:13 – If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
Hebrews 10:23 – Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised..
Here is a link to help guide you as you help your child(ren) understand that God is eternal: Focus on the Family – Reflecting God’s Faithfulness
This month we will be studying the Butterfly using The Handbook of Nature Study to help direct our learning. The morning time bundle will help guide you through this process.
Here are some online resources that are linked in the bundle and may be used in your studies:
Beginner Study of the Butterfly Parts and Life Cycle | ModMontessori Guide (pictured in background of photo above). This resource is absolutely beautiful and perfect for this study. Bonus: it’s only $4.00
Monarch Migration | Fun Facts About Butterflies | The Good and The Beautiful
A little craft to compliment this month’s recipe of refrigerated bread and butter pickles. There are two options for this months craft: hand embroidery or the use of a fabric pen. Either one is a cute option and instructions are listed for both!
The link included in this bundle, to hep with transferring an embroidery pattern to fabric is linked here in case you need it.
This month we are studying the life of President Benjamin Harrison.
You can find The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents section for Benjamin Harrison here: The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents: Executive Retreat skip to 33:04 – 34:45.
The Big Book of Presidents: From George Washington to Barack Obama by Nancy Hajeski
A brief visit to his historic birthplace can be found here: Benjamin Harrison National Historic Site
Learn about Harrison’s home here: National Park Service: Benjamin Harrison Home
A sweet summer treat doesn’t always come in the form of a dessert! This month we’re using some of summer’s bounty to make delicious Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles. You don’t want to miss this recipe…they’re so good!
The morning time bundle also includes a guide to help aid you in the implementation of this study. It includes 4 weeks of a suggested learning rotation that will help you cover all of the topics included over the course of the month. This is simply a guide. You can add to or take from it as you wish and as your learning leads you.
Thank you so much for your continued support of my small business. I hope that these bundles bless your family time together and that ultimately they draw you closer to Christ who loves you so dearly. Happy Summer!!
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