Making Room For Rough Days

A quick homeschool planning tip:  When I plan out our homeschool schedule for the month, I try to include at least two empty days in my lesson plans. Usually one day every two weeks or so.    That gives me a bit of wiggle room for the unexpected.    The day that someone wakes up with a fever, or a lesson that was supposed to take one or two days ends up taking two or three.  Sometimes I have to drop everything and take care of an urgent need.

Planning ahead for the unexpected can relieve stress .  If I need the day, it is already built into my schedule.  If I don’t need it, I just move on to the next planned day.  Easy and very helpful.

Home Life, Motivation Monday, Parenting

Motivation Monday

Parents, help your children to do the will of God by being faithful in the performance of the duties which really belong to them as members of the family. This will give them a most valuable experience. It will teach them that they are not to center their thoughts upon themselves, to do their own pleasure, or to amuse themselves. Patiently educate them to act their part in the family circle, to make a success of their efforts to share the burdens of father and mother and brothers and sisters. Thus they will have the satisfaction of knowing that they are really useful.

Review and Herald, November 17, 1896

Motivation Monday

Motivation Monday

A great and solemn responsibility rests upon us who profess to obey God’s commandments, to show to the world around us that we are bending our steps heavenward. And as we press against the current that is bearing all down, then we should know for what we should strive. We are to press toward the mark of the prize of our high calling in Christ Jesus. We cannot remain in listless resistance and yet gain the prize….

In Heavenly Places, 263

Bible, Just For Fun, Sabbath Playlist

Sabbath Playlist ~ Easy 10 Commandments Memory Game

Kaboom is a fun game we play in my Sabbath School class to help us with our 10 Commandments memorization project.   Totally easy to set up and play.

You need popsicle sticks or strips of cardstock paper, and a pen.  That’s it.

I wrote the numbers 1-10 on 10 sticks, and a brief summary of each commandments on 10 more sticks.  I wrote ‘KABOOM’ on 4 or 5 other sticks.

I divide my Sabbath School class into groups and each group draws a stick from a cup or jar.   They either have to explain which commandment the number refers to, or tell the number of the commandment the summary is talking about.   If the answer is correct, they get to keep the stick.

If a group draws a KABOOM stick, they have to give up all of the sticks they have earned so far.  The game is essentially endless because the KABOOM stick means someone will always be starting over.    I watch and gauge to see if everyone has had an opportunity to participate and learn before I call time for the game.

We’ve been able to learn the 10 commandments quite quickly with this review game!  You can change the topic to whatever you want to learn.