Math lesson for this day was “ordinal numbers,” and the hands-on activity for this was making a grocery list (first-to-tenth). We decided to take this one step further and go buy the items on the list for real. We hope to reinforce her learning thru concrete application of the lessons, while having fun at the same time as well.

Here’s her list!

And so off we went to the grocery with Allyra holding on to her precious list. We made her finish her list first before we went back to get the items from Mommy’s grocery list.

Time to buy the items following the correct order as presented in her list!

Time to buy the items following the correct order!

Hmmm.. what comes second..and third…and so on…

Hmmm..what's second?

Little Sam is helping out.

Allyra’s checks to see if we’ve gotten all her groceries.

All done!

This activity reminded me of how important it is to have a plan everyday. It might be just a mental list or better, a written one, but the point is, it is a good idea to start the day with a plan laid out. Being a stay-at-home mom, my daughter and I have gotten used to a no-set-schedule lifestyle. And things have not really changed with baby Sam joining the family. We have such a flexible day that trying to fit in a “study hour” has been especially challenging. But by the grace of God, we are able to generally start each day with a prayer and end with having that special time with Father God as well. Bible reading is done anytime during the day, but I admit we have a lot more to work on in terms of disciplining ourselves to actually spending time reading and meditating the Word. A verse that has ministered to me about this is Ephesians 5:15-17:

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”

Truly, we do not know how much time we really have and we must make wise use of each day that God so graciously allows us to spend with our family and friends. But most of all, we should always know to put GOD FIRST in everything we say, think, or do. If there’s only one thing about ordinal numbers we should remember, then I believe this is it:

“But seek ye FIRST the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Matthew 6:33.

So there. ‘Nuff said. Have a blessed day everyone!

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