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!!!❤❤❤
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!❤
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!!! 🙂
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!! 🙂
Several million kids are getting an education in America. Some dropped out, some are in private schools and some are homeschooled, but most are public school trained. And many of all of these come away with good educations, many don’t and that is the way of it. And each family has its own story and its own particular kind of beauty and uniqueness from the Lord. All of us are loved and treasured. But my firm belief is that homeschooling moms are strangely unique in that we have purposefully taken on the roll of both mom and teacher. While all moms are teachers of sorts, the homeschooling mom is full time everything. We have, on purpose mind you, freely given away any free or “me” time for the sake of teaching our children the way we think they should be taught. It is unheard of for a person to willingly opt for 2 full time jobs at once. And on top of it, we also do the janitorial duties and the cook’s duties to boot. So, it is really 3 full time jobs. Then there is the husband to make time for and care for. That is the fun one. Otherwise, who on earth would opt for such sacrificial giving of one’s self for the good of kids who may or may not appreciate any of it? The answer for me is because I answer to a God in Heaven when this brief life is over. Yes, I love my kids and want the best drama free, lie free, most well rounded individualized education for my kids. But for me, more than all of that is my personal conviction that my primary responsibility to God concerning my children is that I train them to be God’s kids who grow up to be healthy and productive adults who expand God’s work. I personally don’t feel that can happen easily with evolution and agendas with other philosophies crammed down their throats. Every person is responsible for their own convictions. We are instructed to do what is right in our own minds. So, some would call me crazy. And I’m positive that is true, though I think it is a good crazy for a good reason and I want to be called crazy about my family because I’m crazy about my God. We homeschooling moms really are a lot like bears in that we spend much time training our kids and play with them but will attack if our kids are threatened. We are like Tigers in that we are avid hunters of a large game of knowledge to share with our kids. And we are most like lions because when you work 3 full time jobs in the same space, you are the queen of that space. Moms are large and in charge. So, beware the homeschooling moms. We fight for our principles by sacrificing our freedom for the good of the family. We are true patriots. And when our children are grown and productive and independent thinkers later, we just want you to know you are welcome. It is worth every minute.