Now that my children are out of the “baby” years, it seems that I look back on each season of the year with an increasing sense of nostalgia.
I pulled out the scrapbooks (as I often do when decorating for the change of seasons) and was remembering all of the wonderful fall memories we had made when my children were very young. It is important to catalog these memories. Write them down. Scrapbook. Blog. Do SOMETHING to burn these God given moments in your mind and heart.
Perhaps my favorite memory of my children is dressing them up for Halloween. I have to tell you, however, that we aren’t big Halloween advocates. We never allow anything scary or commercial. It is fun, however, to let children dress up and pretend play. I am thankful for our church preschool that had a wonderful idea for dressing up at their Fall Festival.
Each preschool class had a theme. This particular year my daughter’s theme was “Nursery Rhymes”. She chose “Hey Diddle Diddle”. We purchased an inexpensive black sweatsuit and found cat ears and a pin on tail. A friend of mine who teaches elementary music had a cardboard violin for her to carry. It was perfect!
I’m so thankful I scrapbooked this memory so I will have it always.
Other themes have included “Down on The Farm”, “Noah’s Ark” and “Community Helpers”. When my children attended this preschool I had a frog, a UPS driver, and a cow. This is a fun way to celebrate Halloween in a God-honoring way.
Now that my children are a bit older and we homeschool, I try to incorporate fun fall activities into our daily routine in October. We have created math problems with a fall candy mix, baked lots of apple and pumpkin goodies, visited pumpkin patches, and (of course) read many books! Our homeschool co-op has a “Decades Day” when the children are free to dress up… my children have been an astronaut and a Renaissance woman.
It all brings me back to this one truth: God has given us all that we have. We should strive to honor and remember God in all that we do. In a season filled with trick-or-treating, haunted houses, and extreme amounts of sugar that’s not always easy to do.
Pick and choose your activities carefully, and above all ask yourself if God is being glorified in what you do!
Starting each day with devotion and prayer is essential. Each morning we have been reading Grace for The Moment for Kids (for my seven year old) and Jesus Calling (for my eleven year old). I feel that my children are being equipped with God’s word and shield of truth as they function in the world each day.
Enjoy these autumn days with your children. They go all too fast! Make sure you take pictures, write down the silly things they say, and savor each and every moment.
Mary is a former public school music educator and piano teacher with a bachelor’s degree in Music and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision. She is now a homeschooling mom of two who seeks to learn and share about all things education! Her days are filled with music lessons, baseball practice, church work, and the blessing of time with her precious children. She blogs at Homegrown Learners and is a member of the iHomeschool Network.