Last week was our church’s first VBS in five years. We had a children’s pastor who decided, way back then, that VBS was a waste of time because so many parents would take their kids “VBS hopping”: they would register their kids for every VBS they could find, all summer long, for childcare purposes. Okay, I can understand that viewpoint, but many of the actual church members were pretty upset about it. I, for one, always brought at least 3-4 extra neighborhood kids with us, every year. And of those, at least one or two made decision for Jesus. For me, that is NOT a waste of time.
So we have this awesome, young and fun new children’s pastor, and he loves doing VBS. Go Pastor D1! It went fantastically, although for obvious reasons, it was the smallest one I’ve ever seen our church do. We only had around 90 kids, but for a “first time” I think that was probably all we could handle anyway. It was great, lots of kids came to know Christ this last week. My boys loved it, and D1 did amazingly well, considering he was often in very large groups with music and noise.
This week, we are back to work. Well, not work exactly, but schoolwork anyway. I’ve spent some more time reading, both at AO and at An Old Fashioned Education, and have found so many more books I’d love to read with the boys than just the AO Year One list!! I think we will probably do some modifications to the reading list soon. For now, this is working out very well. I am also going to start using a very old math book called White’s First Book of Arithmetic with the boys. We’ll use our Math U See blocks and marker boards, and just see how it goes. We also have our MUS books, so I’m not abandoning them completely. I just want to give mostly oral lessons a try.