“If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things” (13th Article of Faith). This is a principle we all want to instill in our children. There is so much beauty in the world to take in through music, scripture, poetry, and Art. I want to fill my children’s minds with truth and the determination to crowd out the false.
I was fortunate in many ways. I grew up learning hymns and singing songs from the children’s songbook. At a very young age my mom taught us the Articles of Faith – thirteen beliefs held by members of the LDS faith. My Grandpa was an artist. He taught me to find beauty in everything. My Grandma loved poetry. When she was young she traveled and gave poetry readings. I also enjoyed learning poems and reciting them as well. Having this background my heart easily seeks, recognizes, and finds truth and beauty.
One of the things I enjoyed when I homeschooled my oldest child was the opening segment led by my sister Jenny. We would pray, sing songs, and learn scriptures and poems. Then Jill, one of the wonderful homeschool mom’s, taught the children to recognize famous works of art.
When I transitioned to a charter school with my children I wanted to pass on the kinds of things that enriched my life as I was growing up and do it in a way similarly to the pattern I had seen in our homeschool. So, in the morning at the kitchen table we begin our day with scriptures, songs, poems, paintings, and of course prayers at breakfast.
In my mind of course this is all done in an orderly, calm way, but I will be honest. It is a little hectic with the making of lunches and finding matching socks etc. Having said that, I do know that God recognizes our efforts and the Spirit testifies of truth to our family during this time. My husband and I pray that our children will consistently seek good, lovely, and virtuous things and always remember our hectic yet happy mornings.
You can see how my sister Kendra does opening HERE. She has links to her poetry book and some songs that she put together so that they were all in one place!