Questioning ritual

As stated on my About page, I’m striving to raise my girls up in a way that brings glory and honor to God. One of my challenges is dealing with the youngest asking tons of questions during church and thus, distracting me. As the oldest one was working towards salvation, she only asked general questions with answers that could easily be found in the Bible. She also waited until after church to ask them. I want to answer her honestly and as accurately as I can. I feel that the spirit is working in her and maybe she’s on the way to establishing a closer walk with Christ. BUT, the constant questioning at church is almost embarrassing me, making me wonder if the preacher thinks I’m not listening or something.

For example, these were her questions, just during the Lord’s Supper portion of today’s church service:
(1) Why are deacons men? Why are their so many deacons?
(2) Were the 12 disciples from the 12 tribes of Judah?
(3) Why do we use grape juice instead of wine, if wine in moderation is ok?
(4) Is it wrong for me to wonder this stuff? Does it make God mad?

I tried answering, and then finally said, can you please type your questions on my phone or write them down and we’ll talk when we get home, I’m not even sure of all these answers myself.

Here’s the responses I can think of
(1) I Tim. 3 gives description for deacons, more people to serve the Lord/and the church
(2) I don’t think all the disciples represented the tribes, because some were brothers
(3) Grape juice is cheaper, and somewhere throughout history it just changed to using that.
(4) No, God wants you to learn, but he wants Mama to learn to, so write down questions and we can talk about them at home not when we should be listening.

 

Any input?

I wish teachers would get it

Youngest came home yesterday with her little weekly folder of graded papers. She had scored a 100 on one of her math assignments and the teacher took off 4 points for not showing her work.  Ugh..,so frustrating, if the kid can do the problem in there head (and correctly) who cares if they don’t show their work. Yes, I know that not everyone can do it in their head but why force kids who don’t need it to use strategies that are just a time filler for them? Instead of docking points because the work is too easy for her, why can’t you challenge her with different levels of problems?  Ok end of rant.

State testing ughh….

I hate state testing days. My youngest starts stressing out the night before, so even with sending her to bed early, she winds up staying up a while. We spent time reading verses about God giving her peace and she finally went to sleep. Of course, this morning she was whiny because of the lack of sleep. My oldest doesn’t stress over the test, she just gets frustrated that they are forced to sit in class w/o doing anything but “testing or resting” for four hours. She can easily finish the test, check over it and pass it within usually an hour. Once testing is FINALLY done for the day she ends up watching movies because teachers and students are all drained at that point. I’m glad our state has reduced the number of test needed at the high school level, but they still have some crazy demands for the lower grades.

Successful day for the oldest

My oldest is totally hyped up about her awesome filled day. She found out this morning that she is one of nine state finalists for Texas National History Day. She wrote a research paper on “Religious Freedom in Public Schools”. She will be interviewed by judges on May 3rd. We also found out that she is the first student from our district who has ever made finalist in the Paper category, so that in itself is a great honor. Later in the day, she found out she was cast as the sheriff in the school play of “The Very Unmerry Adventures of Robin Hood”. When we got home she had a letter in the mail from a publishing company stating she is a semifinalist in a poetry contest that she entered and her poem may qualify to be published.

Despite how public education frustrates me at times, obviously someone somewhere is doing something right with her.

Successful day for the youngest

Today my youngest participated in her school’s Gifted and Talented Academic Fair. The students have to come up with a project dealing with science and/or history and create a tri-fold board with information and make projects to go along with their board. She chose the history of the telephone and has worked for two months at school and home on the project. She called it “Call me Maybe” and included information about the inventor and invention, how phones work and other historical milestones on the telephone invention. For her projects she made and demonstrated electromagnets and explained how they can be found in the receiver and speaker of a phone. She also made tin can phones to show how sound-waves travel and then she borrowed a rotary phone to have on display. Her artistic flair was present in her project.

The nerve-wracking part for her was the judging, this involve at least 20 random adults coming by and asking questions about her project. She doesn’t do well with crowds or with speaking. However, she worked through it and ended up earning a second place ribbon for her work.