Homeschooling Excitement

This is going to be an amazing homeschooling year! My son is in junior high now and is reading more and doing book reports so more good classic and historic information is getting in and he is working more independently and studiously. My boy is growing up and about to turn 13! And my daughter is reading now. And she is reading for fun and really soaking everything in. I am super excited because now we are thinking and learning and thinking for ourselves, always my goal.

I don’t want them to just regurgitate facts but really grasp concepts and think and wonder the feasibility if it all and extract their own thoughts and test them. This is true learning- understanding and incorporating truth rather than just knowing a list of useless information. And I am proud of the people they are becoming and are now.

My goal as a parent is to grow reaponsible, Godly, loving, useful adults who will be great Christians and spouses and parents that will spend eternity with Jesus. That is my focus and goal always and it is starting to work beautifully toward that end. What great encouragement God gave me today! Praise God!!!❤❤❤

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Back to the School Grind

And….. here we go again. Year seven of homeschooling (the third year with two students) begins and one extremely exciting development. I now have two readers! All the hard work paid off and my daughter is also now an avid reader and loves it as much as my son used to. I hope he gets that back. But anyway, they both read now! This should make schooling a bit smoother with independent study on easy topics a bit easier while I work with the other. And tomorrow is teacher planning day so I will not be in my element but will work it out with God’s help as per usual. And when the excruciating planning and loose organization is complete and materials placed in their designated areas, we will get started on a great year and have some learning fun. So, happy studies to all to whom it applies and may God bless our school year. Praise be to God!❤

Flowing Goals

When you have 2 kids 5 years apart and one husband (that all want individual attention) and a house, you end up with a lot to do. Energy is expended to meet certain goals you set. Getting ahead is not always an option, as keeping up with things is about as good as it gets.

This is not a complaint, I truly love being SuperMom yet feel perfectly feminine and very powerful being a homeschooling housewife. This is a stark change from taking care of a slew of patients in the area and instead taking care of three VIPs in my household. Rather than a marcissistic rant about being spent, which would be idiotic, this is merely a vocalization on the importance of flexibility in your goals.

For instance, instead of a concrete goal that your children get excellent grades in every subject and obey every instruction, my goal has flowed into my kids making excellent moral decisions in line with the Bible and do their best to understand and incorporate the instructions from every subject. Some subjects will come easier or harder to them in their various personalities but they need to do their best and show their love of Jesus in it all. My goal for the house pre-children used to be that it be spotless and clean and always ready for company. Now, that goal has flowed into keeping the house as inviting as possible while being good stewards of the house God blessed us with, clean whenever possible.

Sometimes, flexibility shows a wisdom ability to incorporate key Biblical principles into the living of life for God’s glory. And everything we do is for God and not man/kids/women/us because it n is God we are really serving. I just choose to want to serve Him well and establish that principle in my family. ❤

Homeschooling Joys

After 4 years of homeschooling (we took off some time during year 3 to care for and then bury my daddy), we have been flowing like a well oiled machine and now that we are on year 5, we are booking. We can do a full comprehensive days work for two grades in 2 1/2-3 hours with no drama and doing PE and piano lessons afterward as a reward. It is fantastic. I love it!! So rewarding. It is not for everyone, but we sure love it. ☺❤

School Preparation

I am a teacher, most of you know. I homeschool our 2 kids. I am also a doctor, mostly retired now, doing private consulting work also. And my teaching experience last year was the first time I had two different grades, officially, and now that it is 1st grade and 5th/6th grade, my greatest preparation is not.booms and supplies, I have those, but it is quite different. During school, I am a servant of God, of my children and their knowledge and growth, still of my husband. There is none of serving me to be had there, no room for it, no need for it. So my preparation is in finishing our story quilt, in decluttering my mind, in preparing my heart and soul for service, in growing spiritually and maintaining my relationship with God who strengthens me. And we will go full steam ahead, in deep worship of obedience to the Lord and humbling of my heart. And that, my friends, is incredibly beautiful!!!! Bring it on! ❤❤❤

The Next Generation

I home school my kids why? Because the school system is flawed. How do I know? Partly because God blessed me with an intelligent, thinking mind that sees the importance of perpetuating other thinking, intelligent minds in a world such as ours at a time such as now. What is being perpetuated now is not free thinkers but test takers and fact spitter outers who are given half the story and none of the real life application. To be good at school is not the goal in producing a healthy adult who contributes to society and serves God and fellow mankind with moral principles filled and commitment. No, teaching facts is important but providing options and teaching critical and creative thinking with a moral base is the way to pump out really good future men and women. The system is more flawed now, more rehearsed, more memorization without questioning, more cheating oriented, less moral than when I was in school.And I was in a lot of school. I have a doctorate so was in school a good portion of my life(9 years post-graduate work). I have adored a few really good teachers and suffered under many poor excuses for human beings, but what most of them had in common is this. Only a limited few of them (like my dear friend to this day Mrs. Hendricks) taught critical thinking and reasoning skills and responsibility with a moral base with their lessons. Most also did not want to ever be questioned and penalized me when I asked questions. Also, if I was asked to share beliefs and did so for beliefs different than their own, I was ridiculed and penalized, and I was notnably the smartest one in the class! There is a problem, a disconnect from the reality of skills that lead to success in this world. Leadership training, life skills, banking advice, financial skills, communication skills, public speaking training, service projects, science applications, music, art appreciation, morality and ethics and math applications in real life are some skills which would help the majority of student become good adults. Testing was not in there anywhere. Stressing kids out over popularity contests was not in there. School spirit was not in there. Grades were not in there. Of the many jobs I have had, not one single person asked for my transcripts or my GPA. Not one. Ever. Diploma was it. Proof of the degree is all that is required in the real world, by the skin of your teeth or top of your class matters not, all are paid the same. And that is the truth of the matter. A major revamp of the school system is required for me to send my kids to the public unrealistic brain washing centers they call schools these days with relativism and wishy washy morality throughout. This is a generalization based upon my experience in public and private schools/colleges as well as reading and many discussions with other parents and teachers. And we should all demand such a revamp in my opinion. If people withdraw their kids from the mediocre or horrible institutes of unlearning, their precious tax dollars go away and they would reform to get students back to line their pockets and feed their egos again. Not that all schools are run by evil people,I am certain they mean well, but they themselves are allowing politicians to dictate what teachers teach. Politicians! You know, “Lying Politicians”?? They don’t want anyone to figure them out or threaten their delicate but inflated egos, so they want drones and not free thinkers into the world. We have to start the thinking and if your kids have to stay there or you don’t want to bother, we need to teach them to think and think morally ourselves. It needs to happen. I have seen the next generation at work and I have had to tell them how much change to give me back many times or heard of their quitting when asked to work instead of being on their cells. We have to help them. We have to be their parents and not assume they are being taught anything valuable at school. We are ultimately their school and are responsible for our children’s education. So I retired for the moment from being a doctor to teach my children. I will ensure they have a well rounded and worthwhile excursion and when they are out on their own, I will be a doctor again. Mom is a much higher calling, in my opinion. Everyone has to do what is right in their own eyes. This is right in mine and we love it!!! 🙂