The new school year is quickly approaching and there are a lot of decisions to be made as far as activities are concerned. I’m only hsing one but that doesn’t mean I need to be on the road all the time.

A friend called today and asked about joining her in starting a club to prepare for the geography, spelling and vocabulary bees, which are usually held in February. It would only be a twice-a-month commitment. JK isn’t interested in any of those so I’m not sure how viable this activity would be for me.

Another activity to decide about is softball. JK played in the spring and it’s something she really enjoys. Because of all the rain, we didn’t get to practice much and only played a few games. It’s been decided to have the teams meet again starting in September to play on Mondays. That would be an every Monday commitment. I’m guessing it would go for 8 weeks.

Still another activity: art classes. Our local Michael’s store is sponsoring home school art classes. We didn’t do this last year but now that I’ve seen what they covered, I wish we had although JK did have her monthly oil painting class. Here are some of last year’s topics:

Louis Tiffany: Stained Glass
Henri Matisse: Colorful Cutouts
Georgia O’Keefe: Watercolor Flowers
Sunflowers in the style of Expressionism
Experimenting with Watercolors
Claude Monet: Paint Like an Impressionist

Those are definitely not your typical arts and crafts class. One of the things that appeals to me about these classes is the schedule. They will do the same lesson on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week. They are going to introduce various class times so that’s a plus, too! Another thing I like is that there’s no need to pre-register nor commit to a whole season or semester of classes.

One of the ideas I want to implement this year is having Fridays for Biblical girlhood. I’d like to set aside that day to work on our Keepers projects, cooking/baking, and doing our Beautiful Girlhood study. I don’t want to schedule anything on Fridays if at all possible so all of the above activities need to take place on another day.

I have much to pray about in the coming days as I want to provide the best but not get too involved in outside activities. I am not the type of person who can do a lot of running around. I like to be home and so does JK but I also want her to do some of things she enjoys. It’s just her and me at home now and I know she enjoys being with other children once in a while.

All of the above activities are good but are they best? How will they help us to grow in the Lord? That’s the criteria I need to use to evaluate these activities and to make a decision that would honor and glorify the Lord.

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