Jesus' Precious Little Lambs

A Charlotte Mason Christian Home School: Preschool – 3rd Grade :)

4/24 & 4/26 Down on the Farm

on April 28, 2012

Love can not be forced.

I used to try to force my kitten to love me by holding her down when she wanted to get away. I wanted her to love me more like a dog would so I tried to force her to cuddle with me. Now she is a feisty, bitter cat that swats at innocent children walking by. How many times have I wished that someone in my life would love me more or differently only to find it go awry? I wish my husband was more romantic, my parents spent more time with me, my children were more affectionate, my friends more loyal. There hasn’t been a single person in my life that I am close to that hasn’t disappointed me at one time or another. Ouch. And then sometimes I try to change them so they will love me more, which usually pushes them away. I wonder if I am alone in this, a strangely overly needy person, or if others share in this propensity for forcing love?

Grace.

Now I find myself wanting every Little Lamb family to love school so much that they do everything I hope they will. We are a cooperative and everyone has done a great job of working together. But when some things fell through the cracks and didn’t happen, or didn’t get done on time, I wondered what we were supposed to do. If Little Lambs belongs to Jesus, will it work if we really just put it all in His hands and not take matters into our own hands? Is His conviction more poignant than man’s? OR…….do we write “I will remember to……” on the chalkboard 100x? Charge late fees? Assign makeup work? The more my mind went down this ridiculous road, the more reasons I found to be disappointed, and thus more need for “punishment”. Envisioned penalties were stacking up like pancakes. I realized I was in a negative downward spiral that only caused me to have unhappy feelings towards others. This must not be God’s way for our school. Plus, petty penalties seem so much like the pattern of this world. Do petty penalties ever really change someone’s heart to want to do right? Its how businesses and other schools are run, but this is Jesus’ school. What would Jesus do? What did He do with his own disciples? I know He never fired anyone, not even Judas. I know his teachings of grace, patience, and forgiveness were superior to the law. The Old testament law only shows us how wrong we are so that we are acutely aware of our need for grace, and New Testament grace given through Jesus Christ actually changes hearts to want to do right. Love naturally flows out of hearts that want to do right, and hearts that want to do right are because of grace. The methods used by most schools or businesses will keep some order through their law like discipline, but never change hearts. Hence, rarely do people LOVE going to work. When grace does not dominate, love is weak. After wrestling with these thoughts, I knew that my highest dream for Little Lambs is for grace to abound so that our hearts are changed rather than merely disciplined.

Choice.

I am so pleased with all the hard work families put into Little Lambs and it shows our love. My desire for Little Lambs is that we all serve in excellence because we LOVE what we are doing here like crazy. If we do our duties here out of necessity or obligation, I think we suck the love of God out of the atmosphere. Is it even possible to love out of obligation? I don’t think obligation and love co-exist together well. For example, even God gives us all free will to love Him or not because being loved by people who are forced to love Him, would not be real love at all. Giving people choice allows Him to be truly loved by those who choose to. We who are called to do this homeschooling journey together are tied together by a true bond: love that is chosen. My dream for Little Lambs is that nothing would be done out of compulsion, and all things, incredible things would happen because of the strength of our love. Love is an unstoppable force.

May grace abound in all your relationships and love be fiercer than the noonday sun.

Farm Animal Science with Miss Cherie

Bacon comes from pigs (actually its turkey bacon mommy)

Wool comes from sheep

What’s its like to milk a cow?

Food coloring and dish soap in milk makes an exploding kaleidoscope of colors

Down on the Farm Centers

Piggy bank coin counting was fun

Making a bird feeder all by myself

Tayler’s proud “p” for “pig” handwriting

Cooking Project Using Farm Veggies

Doing my own cutting

Taste Tester

Mmmmm! Gruyere, asparagus, artichoke, and bell pepper frittata

Getting Ready for Mother’s Day

Tea party invitations for Grandmas


5 responses to “4/24 & 4/26 Down on the Farm

  1. Tara Hannon says:

    I’m so sad we don’t live there to join in all of this higher learning!

    • Miss Lynn says:

      Me too! Maybe you can find a group of stay at home moms and pull resources together. Or have working moms pay you to teach their kids the stuff that you do with Roman anyway, and save a bunch on preschool tuition.

  2. Tara Hannon says:

    P…S. : Those “P”s ARE really good, Tayler!

  3. Mary-Susan Danker-Dake says:

    Lynn, what you’re doing is so amazing!!! I wish we lived near you so that Sophia could attend! I just saw that you told Tara to start a group! I totally think she should! We would sign up for sure! How do you come up with the curriculum and the activities? Do you come up with it yourself? Awesome job!!!

    • Miss Lynn says:

      Hi Mary Susan! I would love to bring you and all your Christian mommy friends in Oklahoma into our school as California is in dire need of God. Thank you so much for the compliments! I feel so encouraged! You guys should totally start a homeschool there!! You could do it! There are a million reasons why you would love it for Sophia. I could go on and on about how to find curriculum and start up your own co-op. I will try to keep it simple here, but I am always here for you guys for further advice should the need arise. 😉

      Rainbow Resource and other online homeschool supply companies provide great curriculum for all ages. A packaged curriculum makes planning easy and structured, but for me, there will never be the perfect one containing all I want & fitting all my children’s needs and interests, so I am willing to do the research and planning myself. So far it has worked well just gleaning ideas from other homeschooling mom’s blogs and websites (see planning resources on main menu for some sites). Along the way inspiration of my own has also come beyond what I knew I was capable of–I think its part God’s reward for taking this job on. However, I think I would feel lost if it were not for my masterplan (also on main menu), a year long plan that was inspired through prayer. Having a vision for the year broken down into monthly aspirations is the most important thing to do before seriously starting up a homeschool. It keeps things moving along consistently and provides guidance in the helter skelter times when I have no time to think big. From the vision everything else will fall into place. Basically I look on my masterplan of themes, and then make specific lesson plans month by month ahead of time to allow for gathering supplies and making orders. I make a lot of lesson plans simply by googling butterfly craft project images for example and quickly scrolling through a ton of ideas to choose something I like.

      At first I couldn’t figure how I would know if my children would be learning everything they are supposed to be. It was like an epiphany when I realized that basically I need to teach them the 3 R’s (basic reading, writing, & arithmatic can be taught in under 100 hours to someone who is ready to learn it; it does not take 12 years of schooling!), everything else (content) is optional because it can never all be learned anyway. Homeschool can be more about teaching what your child is interested in (life science) than what school teaches (physics) in the overabundance of information that textbooks push (that we never remember all of anyway). Usually people don’t end up using much of what they disliked studying in school anyway, so I say, learn what you love (just like adults in the real world do)!

      Anyway, pray about it. 🙂 Cheers!

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