prek: week 35 - Peacemaker

Bible verse: "A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger" Proverbs 15:1

Character Trait:  Peacemaker

 First this week (after the daily singing and calendar things) we read The Listening Walk by Paul Showers.  Connor loved this book.  He giggled at all the sounds made throughout the book.  While this wasn't really about being a "Peacemaker" I chose it because it's about being peaceful.  It talks about being quiet on a walk and then you can hear all kinds of things, loud and quiet.

We then read "What's Inside:  Neighborhood" a lucky find I got from the library while trying to find the other ones I was there for.  It talks about a few things you can find in a city/town and I added on asking him what noises he might hear at each location and whether they would be loud or quiet places to be.

Then I cut out a printout from KizClub, "In the town", and pasted it onto cereal boxes I had dug out from the recycle bin.  He was so pleased with this simple little thing.  He ran and got out some cars and drove them all (noisily) through the town, stating he likes to be loud, not quiet.  It was wishful thinking that the lesson of being peaceful would sink in.  lol.

We (finally) hit our 100 mark this week.  I'm sure we hit it a long time ago, but we didn't always chart the days.  Whoops.  Anyways, we "officially" hit it on our chart so we celebrated a little bit.

We made a 100 day snack.  I didn't plan well for this so I just had to grab random edible things from the pantry.  10 of each that he had to count (by 10s of course) to 100.

For writing practice he drew pictures and "wrote" a letter, by his choice, to a person that in his words "is angry and won't forgive mommy and dady" and that he "misses very much".  What a great way to be a peacemaker!  It was actually very sweet and heartbreaking.  It was a picture of the two people and him all holding hands and visiting with him and telling them how much they love him and they're sorry for hurting his feelings.  He has such a big heart.

Connor (like most little boys) likes to "fight" and "battle" and act out good vs bad.  Cain & Abel was the perfect book to read about what could happen if you act out on your anger and fight instead of being a peacemaker and 'do the right thing'.  He really liked the story and thumbed through it often during the week.  It is a bit of a heavy book, talking about the how Cain killed his brother Abel and what followed that event.  But I was okay with it, as it talked about it in an appropriate way for a 5 year old.  Plus he loves to watch Transformers, so what's more appropriate, a true story of two angry brothers or a fictional battle of alien robots?

At bedtime he was read "Angry", which is another good book talking about right vs wrong ways to deal with anger.

other great books we read this week:

Social Studies Theme: Family

loud vs soft sounds: from KizClub (also printed "In the town")
Hubbard's Cupboard: 4's curriculum week 8, "Peacemaker"
Raising Rockstars Preschool: letter Aa ("A soft answer turns away wrath")
Dove craft


Fostering Sibling Love

We are nearly done with our 2nd year of homeschooling. 

I almost decided not to continue.  Not because I didn't like it, or because Connor didn't like it, but because I didn't know how I'd handle it come Sept/Oct when I have a newborn to deal with.

After much discussing and talking and more discussing and so on we decided to go ahead.  We ordered our first "ready set" curriculum so I'd have little work to do.  Then I've started planning and preparing to add some things in for Emma.

I am so glad we decided to continue.  It's going to be hard.  But I know it will be worth it.

Like any (or at least most) siblings Connor and Emma have many battles.  Most of which are caused with the typical big brother picking on little sister.  But there are moments of drama baby girl just causing drama because Connor looked at her wrong.  Or whatever.  I don't know why she throws those fits when Connor comes too close.

This week we focused on what it means to be "faithful".  Like you're a good friend.  Especially to your siblings.  On Friday.... the very last lesson of the week.... I think it finally sunk in to Connor.  For the entire day he was nothing but a sweetheart to his sister.

Emma's having trouble eating her oatmeal? Big brother to the rescue.

Emma wants to read some books?  Big brother is there to help her look through them all.  Actually he made most of the mess because he was looking for one book in particular.  I'm a Big Brother.

We went outside later in the day and he wanted his sunglasses.  He went in to grab them as I hung laundry and came out with Emma's glasses too and helped her put them on.

This day I always want to remember.

If we didn't home school there wouldn't be many moments like this.  Simply because they wouldn't be together all day to have the opportunity to do these things and get to know each other..  With their age gap they wouldn't have the same friends.  They'd only get a few hours a day together to work out their issues. 

My youngest brother and I have a really big gap between us.  7 years.  I've always loved him and known him as my brother.  But .... lately I've realized I don't know him.  Not outside of just being my brother and having similar humors and quirks.  Not like my other siblings.  We are all close in age and grew up all together with common friends between us 3.  We played at home together.  We went to classes together.  We did after school things together.   With the youngest, we never had that.  We didn't even go to the same school, ever.

Connor and Emma?  They get to go to the same school.  They get to hang out together, they get to 'go to class' together.  They get to do after school things together.

Today we went to the store and they sat side by side in a Firetruck shopping cart. They fought. But after awhile little Emma reached over and hugged her little brother. Just randomly. Then petted his head and hugged him again saying "awww." Then they had little giggles and jokes that only siblings can know.

This is a moment I want to remember.  In case I have second thoughts again.  ;)

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