“I would like the angels of Heaven to be among us. I would like an abundance of peace. I would like full vessels of charity. I would like rich treasures of mercy. I would like cheerfulness to preside over all. I would like Jesus to be present. I would like the three Marys of illustrious renown to be with us. I would like the friends of Heaven to be gathered around us from all parts. I would like myself to be a rent payer to the Lord; that I should suffer distress, that he would bestow a good blessing upon me. I would like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings. I would like to be watching Heaven’s family drinking it through all eternity.” ~St. Brigid
One of my not-quite-resolutions for the new year was to add character studies to our day. We’ve started with attentiveness!
I’ll admit to being influenced by an episode of 19 Kids and Counting, where Michelle Duggar talked about character training and said attentiveness was the very first character trait she introduced.
We began last week. I almost wish I had actually bought some sort of program that was prewritten for multi-aged groups, but I haven’t found anything I like in my price range. I am intrigued by Character First, and would love to hear other ideas.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I am way behind in reviewing God’s Promises for Boys by Jack Countryman and Amy Parker. I’m pretty sure it arrived at the beginning of my pregnancy with the twins!
We LOVE this book. More specifically, my seven-year-old loves this book. He was so excited when it came in the mail and he’s laid claim to it. It’s his book!
I love you sweet baby, I love you sweet baby, I love you more than anything!
You’re an amazing human being…
From the Everyday Waldorf archives…
Today we did a very simple meditation exercise together, found in
Natural Childhood. My son and I laid down on the floor next to one
another, and we both closed our eyes. I then asked him to imagine in his
mind a “secret place”. I said it could be a garden, or the sea shore, or
any secret place in his imagination. He said he was in a “beautiful
garden.” I then asked him to walk around his garden in his mind, and to
find a treasure and bring it back. He brought back a tomato! This then
carried over into imaginative play for the rest of the morning. He took
his baby sister by the hand and they walked in his play garden together,
harvesting fruits and veggies.
It does betide a happy year;
But if it chance to snow or rain,
Then will be dear all kinds of grain:
If clouds or mists do dark the skie,
Great store of birds and beasts shall die;
And if the winds do fly aloft,
Then wars shall vex the kingdome oft.