Friday, August 6, 2010

Fearless Friday Preparing fot the first day of school

Getting ready for school.


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Standing in the gap

 Because the Lord God did not find anyone to "stand in the gap," to intercede for the land, He was requited to pour out the judgment due its disobedience.    
                    Ezekiel 22:30-31

Sounds real rash doesn't it

The very first assignment every school year is to write a paper on 
What I did on my summer vacation.

Dash was grumbling over a boring summer. Well an idea came to mind so it was walked threw.
Calling the kids into the kitchen they were each handed writing supplies. Week by week we went over the calender for the summer months. Each child made the bullet point to remind them. The process was two fold. One they were reminded that summer was really not so boring after all. That the grumbling was not about the summer but about going back to school. We went week by week page by page until all the things we did were made note of. Each kid making their own personal list. Then they were placed in page protectors so they would not get lost easily.  Placed in the back packs ready for the first assignment when every kid is wide eyed with the startling new room, kids and teacher. This gives them focus. It also impresses the teacher. First impressions really do matter.

Then they were each handed the letters from the teachers that introduced them. Each kid read aloud the letter. They spoke of how cool Dash's new teacher would be. Dove was thrilled to see that this is the year she will get to go to science camp. Do you see it playing out :)
I had each of them go get their back packs.  Dove received hers as a birthday gift. It was a thrill to have it. Now Dash got a VERY nice pack at Costco for only $15 this is a $45 pack at least. Very padded and well made. Dash then recalled how uncomfortable his last years pack was.There it began the exchange of gratitude for murmuring.
Then they each were to look at the supply lists on the letter.
Dove began a bit of a panicked look. "Mom what about the supplies?"
I told them I had a surprise for each of them.
Then I pulled out the supplies found at a Walgreens last week (only $33 spent and $25 savings)  purchased last week.
Each kid took a turn reading off the list and I pulled out the item. I had already separated them when I got them home. I hid them so they never knew they had been purchased. Kept them from getting scattered.

Each kid then given a perma-marker to place their name or initials on each and every item. This not only stops argumentative scuffles but helps the kids not to have the supplies pilfered by other kids. Trust me this happens more than once. Often when volunteering at the school fights would start over something so trivial. This is a preventive measure serving many levels.

With all in piles and marked they each had the joy of packing it all up for school. It begins in 5 days. With the infusion tomorrow it seemed a good time to establish a bit of security. No better security for a school kid than to have all their needs at the ready on the first day of school.

Now the knowledge of what is missing and yet to be acquired.
  • zippered pencil bag for Dove
  • lunch totes
  • scissors for Dove
  • They will each make a list of their favorite things to pack for lunch.

Now the first day of school is not so scary it is 

“I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one. Thus I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; their way I have brought upon their heads, declares the Lord God.”  Ezekiel

I remember all of the people who prayed for me; taught me; corrected me; and most important, encouraged me. You see, I am a product of those people who took time for me. They stood in the gap for me and for a whole lot of other people. Now it is my time to stand in the gap for others.


Denise said...

Praying for you, and with you sis. I love you.

Amrita said...

I wish Dash and Dove a happy, productive and progressive school year ahead

Angela said...

What a beautiful post....I will be doing the same thing as you in the next few children start September 7th...thanks for the reminder that we are not to be 'scary' about the first day of school but fearless..I'm thinking,,fearless for when I need to purchase all their times...God WILL provide.

Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. I think you linked up to a very old Fearless Friday entry and not the one that I did on the 6th...

I'm just thanking God for His leading you to join us..Blessings.

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