Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Kids Answers

Most of you know Jaxon is in kindergarten this year. The transition has been so good for the most part. He has fallen quickly into a new routine and even though I still feel my heart strings pulled when I drop him off in the morning and find myself missing him when it's too quiet here while the other kids nap, I know it's been the best thing for him. For all of us. We have loved the school's partnership with us thus far and his teacher is awesome! I prayed and prayed and prayed... and then prayed some more for the right teacher for him this year. It's been such a good match and we are so thankful for her involvement in his life. Kindergarten is a big deal for a 5 year old and while we knew it was time to send him to school, I was a little concerned with 5 FULL days each week. I'm guessing it's a mix of my early childhood background, my mom issues, and my gut feeling... but I just didn't think 5 full days a week was appropriate for a 5 year old whose spent only 5 years in this world so far. Kindergarten actually isn't required (until age 6) and I knew I had a few options with this year. After much more prayer and great discussions with some other parents we decided to keep Jaxon home on Wednesday's. His teacher, the school, and the principal have been great to work with as we implemented this plan. It's not the norm, but we knew it was best for our family and ultimately Jaxon. Whenever I mention Jaxon is home on Wednesday's people always come back with "well, what does he do at home"? Plenty.

We've kept Jaxon home not so I can hoard him to myself a little longer, but for his own growth and development. Up until the first day of school Jaxon napped everyday still most the time. The first few months of school Jaxon spent a lot of Wednesday afternoons simply doing what his body needed... he slept. I used Wednesday mornings to have some bible study time with him, to do something low key, to play outside, to just veg out. We've had some play dates with a good buddy quiet often and Dad comes home for lunch with him on these days each week. The first few weeks of school Jaxon asked almost daily when his next "stay home day" was? It's been good and I know we did the right thing. I can feel it in my bones.

One of my favorite things we've done is use this time for our Bible study or bible learning time... and onto why I started this post!!! We came across the Kids Answers resources a couple years ago (thanks to some good friends who passed it on). It sat on my desk for about a year and then this last fall I picked it up and knew it was perfect for Jaxon right now. If you are looking for something to do with your young ones and have it be Biblical and yet educational too check these out! I love them. For $2.99 you can buy their "mini magazines". It is an 8 page fold out with tons of great facts, Bible readings, stories, pictures, and activity ideas. We've just learned about dinosaurs, fossils, the flood, and this little magazine wraps it ALL together... the science part of fossils/dinosaurs is taught threw the lens of the Bible and the truth that points back to the stories we grew up with like Noah's flood. The activity ideas are fun and age appropriate. Here is a web link, check it out! This site has other great resources too!!


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The Josh Hill Family..... said...

Very Neat! I love your testimony about prayer and keeping him home a day a week. You will never regret that decision. Macy went to Kindergarten this year, she was 6 and that was REALLY nice having last year with her at home. I am currently in the prayer time for my 3rd child. She will be 4 this summer, and I want to do the right thing for her next year. I think each child is different and we have to discern what is best for them through prayer. I think this post is really neat, thanks for sharing!

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