I'm really enjoying reading Jesus, the Gentle Parent: Gentle Christian Parenting, by L.R. Knost.
I've started to notice a pattern. I feel incredibly, hopelessly overwhelmed - like I'm drowning. Then I feel on top of the world! Then I'm overwhelmed again. Last Thursday and Friday I was feeling hopelessly overwhelmed. Today I feel likeI might finally be getting things under control, more so than I've felt in a long time. That might mean an even bigger crash than usual is coming.
This past September I started a new program at Sunday school. I went back and forth a lot with wheather or not I was going to do it. I really wanted to find a Montessori-style church class for Acorn. There are quite a few, and I keep finding more. (Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Godly Play, Young Children and Worship, Faith and Play) But I did not have much luck contacting the two programs closest to me, and I had no ties to those churches anyway. I'm a pretty firm believer that if you can't find the resource or group you're looking for, you should start it yourself. But I didn't think I should start another certification program until I finished my Infant-Toddler Montessori certification. I was really trying to not make any more commitments until I felt I could handle all my current commitments. And I had trouble finding the resources to do it myself with the training. Then I read in the comments of this post at Living Montessori Now, that the book Young Children and Worship contained everything I needed to get started, including templates and instructions for making my own materials. And then I read another blog post about how you don't have to have all the materials and how many classes don't even have a permanent location. I decided this was important enough for me to make the time. (I'm not getting much sleep these days though.)
I've been studying the Bible a lot in the past 6 months or so. One reason is that I'm teaching Sunday school for kids age 3 - 3rd grade. We're using the book Young Children and Worship, which is very similar to Godly Play and Catechesis of The Good Shepherd, all Montessori-style programs. It's very diy. The other reason is that about the same time that I started preparing for Sunday school, some Jahovah's Witnesses showed up in our neighborhood and I welcomed them into my home. So I'll probably be posting a lot about Bible study for awhile, and about these two aspects of it in particular.
I really appreciate when I'm looking up a specific scripture, and while reading the text before and after it to have better contextual understanding, I find something I wasn't looking for that is applicable to what is currently happening in my life.
Gah! Let's try again. I just downloaded the weebly app today during naptime so I can update again. (My old computer doesn't want to load the website.) But as with everything, there's a learning curve, so whatever I typed here during naptime is now gone. Hopefully it will work this time.
Warning for future posts: Some of the things I write about might be controversial. You might not agree with me on some of these things. You might even shake your head and think I'm an idiot. (I might be doing the same thing on my end when you let the world know how you feel.) I hope we can still be friends. Please be respectful and kind when you disagree. I will try to do the same.
Blogs I follow (Does it count as following if I have 50 unread posts sitting in my RSS feed?) when I have time:
A Montessori Home
Ali's Art Adventures
At Home with Montessori
Feeding the Soil
How We Montessori
Jordan Bagwill Eusebio
Our Best Bites
Simply Natural Mom
Three Chord Me
Under the Sycamore