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- This book is easily used for a family project and/or individual study. While I love that Mister Bull likes to work independently on most of his schoolwork, this is one activity we will do with him. Ideally I would like to do this as a family each night and talk about the things we are really thankful and grateful for, but we’ll have to see how that goes with 3 young ones. Mister Bull is just not quite old enough to do this study on his own, so we will of course be supervising. I don’t recommend allowing children to do this on their own unless they are mature enough in their walk with Christ, which is something you as the parent will need to determine.
- I love the flexibility this book offers. As Amanda says in the introduction, she is not dictating how to use this book. It can be used as often as we like (daily) or taken at a slower pace (weekly) to ensure our children are really understanding the concept and it’s sinking in. This is something I’m not willing to let go by the wayside anymore. I want to be purposeful and diligent in teaching my children what they have to be thankful and grateful for.
- Notebooking pages galore!! We have a few things in our schooling that require notebooking, but overall we have not made this a practice either. Being a rather avid note taker, I would love to change this. As I browsed through the extra Notebooking pages I was amazed at all the options she created!! I see ones that will work for me (as I plan to do this study right along with Mister Bull) and ones that I think Mister Bull will appreciate, as well as ones the Littles can use to draw their own pictures to indicate things they are thankful and grateful for. I’m super excited about all the options!! (Can you tell?)
- Along the lines of the notebooking pages, this book encourages journaling. I used to journal in my younger (ahem…college) years, but since having kids got out of the practice. I would love to foster a love of journaling in my own kids though, because I do see the value in writing out our prayers and petitions as well as the answers we receive from God. It is important to see how God answers our prayers – even if it is 7 years later!!!
- Being a homeschooling Mom, I also like the fact that we can sneak in a little extra handwriting practice in the journaling and copywork sections! hehe
- Encourages being in God’s Word daily. This is a BIG one for me. I’ve been working to establish a daily Quiet Time for myself, but I wish it was a habit formed in me long ago that I could not break. Truth is…it’s hard!! I am a night owl and I don’t do mornings very well. I would love to say I am up at 5am everyday with a bright and cheery face, ready to read my Bible. But that’s just not the case. I usually fit it sometime during the day, but that’s a dangerous approach. Especially since I have 4 children and we’re a ministry family – you never know what will come up and take you away. So, I want us all to get into the habit of making God’s Word a priority in our daily lives.
- As I read through the lessons, I loved how each lesson built on the last one. They were not separate lessons about thankfulness and gratefulness thrown into a book together. They are intertwined and connected. It is important that you understand the previous lesson before you can move on to the next one. This is where the flexibility comes in. Some children/families may be able to move through these quicker than others with maybe younger children. It is designed in such a way that it’s all possible!! I love it!
- There are 266 total pages in this book!! And the majority of them are printables!!!
Are you convinced yet? I hope so!! This ebook is a MUST for families wanting to instill an attitude of thankfulness and gratitude in themselves and their children. It really is a great book!! And Amanda has agreed to giveaway a copy to ONE LUCKY WINNER!!!! Simply enter on the Rafflecopter below!