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!❤

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Last Day of School!

So today was our last day of school for the summer. They each have one subject they have to continue during the summer, but one subject takes much less time and effort than 7, so we’re good. Still vacation from most of it. And I am pleased as punch to be able to catch up on spring cleaning and yard work and moving the sheds (oy) and rearranging storage in the house and washing the windows and paint my mom’s house and so on. So many maintenance things I have put off because of the busyness of life during school. And now that Kathleen can read (yay!), she can be a bit more independent so maybe I will not get so far behind again. I hope not. We will be very busy, but at least after a day’s work, we can swim. Yay!! God is so good!😄❤

Coaching Homeschool PE

Today started off pretty cold so in normal fashion, not many kids showed up for homeschool PE. (Bunch of babies) I had all of 3 in my class. And it is hard to come up with something for 3 kids to do that is organized sports. But there is always a way and I am the coach so I had to come up with one. And this is what we did. We did our normal stretches and calisthenics and .70 mile walk/run. Then we played half court one on one soccer with the only female and least aggressive kid as goalie. We modified it so it would be more exercise that if another kid kicked it, they had to take it back to the center line before attempting a goal. They had a blast. All of them enjoyed it and got a great work out and experience. Then we played “Mr. Fox” for the last few minutes and stretched out. It was wonderful and we did not miss the other kids. As a bonus, it warmed up quite nicely as the morning went on. Never cop out and always dwell and make the most of what you have to work with. It is worth it and kids deserve and need that from those in authority over them.❤

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! ❤❤❤

School with Shed and Fence

As a family project, we put up a shed and a fence and started a sidewalk (still working on that one). As many of my regular readers know, we homeschool our kids. And we took off a week of “regular” schooling to do these family projects of shed and fence. And we planned and measured and mixed and leveled and built and so on all together as a team/ a family. It was an amazing experience and I thought how wonderful it was for all of us to learn together and create and build. My kids learned so much more than a book can teach and they need to feel useful and nd learn these skills. So for your next family project, even if you keep it simple like changing a light bulb or fixing a leaky sink (we also had to do), involve your kids and show them how. You want them calling you to their home in the future at 3pm to bail them out? No way, you want them to be able to plan and think and do it themselves. This is how they learn. Plus it unites the family and brings a greater value to each member and the family team as a whole. 🙂

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!!! 🙂

Back to It

So tomorrow ends our luxurious school break and I am sorry to see it go but happy to get back to productivity for the kids’ education. I declutter and cleaned and rearranged a lot during the break so that helped a lot in preparing a neat environment to work, so I didn’t laze away the time, but tomorrow we get back to it. Health will be important as I and the kids will start exercising every school day, and school will be more important as we are preparing for sixth and first grades and need the solid base and I am determined to be more organized than I have been or am naturally, so this should be a challenge. And working more will benefit everyone and distract me from the missing and keep the banner of progress flying high. I am determined and so it will happen. For now. I am notorious for starting projects and getting them going well and then giving them away and moving on to a new project. But my children are not a project, they are an extension of myself, my history and present and future, amazing people God charged us to care for. It is so amazing how children change your life and how selfless you become the second that precious baby starts growing inside you. Before you thought of self or self and mate and now you have additional, important considerations in caring for this soul, this life dependent on you. It is beautiful. Here’s to tomorrow through May!! 🙂