Sunday, 1 February 2009

Our Sunday Box

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Exodus 20:8

In my previous post I mentioned our 'Sunday Box' & I hope to explain it a little further here.

In Charlotte Mason's Original Homeschooling Series Vol 3 pg 144 Charlotte discusses The Habit of Sunday-keeping

The habit of Sunday observances, not rigid, not dull, and yet peculiar to the day, is especially important. Sunday stories, Sunday hymns, Sunday walks, Sunday talks, Sunday painting, Sunday knitting even, Sunday card-games, should all be special to the day,––quiet, glad, serene. The people who clamour for a Sunday that shall be as other days little know how healing to the jaded brain is the change of thought and occupation the seventh day brings with it. There is hardly a more precious inheritance to be handed on than that of the traditional English Sunday, stripped of its austerities, we hope, but keeping its character of quiet gladness and communion with Nature as well as with God. But I cannot pursue the subject further. The field of the habits of the religious life should afford many valuable matters for reflection and teaching; as, for example, the habitual thought of God in a family; the habit of reverence in thought, attitude, act, and speech; the habit of prayer as regards time, place, manner, matter; the habit of praise and thanksgiving; the habits of attention and devotion during a service (or part of a service); aids to devout habits; the habit of devotional reading.

Our Sunday Box is a medium sized plastic tub that comes out only on Sundays. It contains special toys & activities to help the girls to think on The Lords day as they play & have fun.
It contains;
A Noah's Ark (ours is the bottom one)
Our Busy Bible
A couple of Felt Bible Story Books
Our Story Bible
Beeswax for model making
Some sticker books
Various story books about Jesus & Christian Themes.
A special journal that anyone who wishes may draw & write in.

Our Sunday Box really hepls to define Sunday as Our Lord's day, separate from the rest of the week & helps to make our Sunday relaxing & faith filled.
I am planning to start a Prayer Journal to be kept in our Sunday box - each week we can record our prayers & read back over previous weeks.
I found this to be an inspiring post by Tiany

Happy Sundays :)


Melissa said...

What a wonderful post Lynn! I love this idea. We need something to make Sunday stand apart a little more. I think I will use this idea and come up with some things for our family. Thank you so much! Have a blessed week.


Lynn said...

thank you Melissa! It works well for us, Im sure it will for you too.

Theresa said...

I haven't made it through all of the CM volumes yet. I don't remember reading this so I'm especially glad that you shared this in the CM blog carnival. I love the idea of a Sunday box! Now my wheels are turning. :-)


Unknown said...

Great the Noah's Ark set.

Great post for the carnival.
Barb-Harmony Art Mom

Lynn said...

Thanks, Barb!

Deedee said...

Thanks for that post! We had a sunday box when mine were small. After awhile the things in it were too young for them and I didn't seem to be able to find 'the right' things to replace them. Hhhmmm....maybe we need to revisit this again! thanks for the boost!

Lynn said...

ooh, take up the challenge :)

Richele said...

What a wonderful idea to help secure the Habit of Sunday Keeping. I haven't read Vol.III as well and really enjoyed the CM quote.

Anonymous said...

It's so nice to observe Sunday, and treat it differently.
What a great habit to develop and pass on.