Was that all as clear as mud when I was trying to tell you their ages and nicknames? I figure it is about time I give them nicknames on the blog since I am stingy and don't like to share their identities.
Magic Ears (our 9 year old boy) - because he can hear anything. Dave and I have to go out in the woods and whisper if we want to keep something from him.
The Middle Child (our 7 year old boy)- simply because we have so many nicknames for him but they all include his real name.
Miss Giggle Pants (our 4 year old girl)- if you knew her in real life you would know- she can giggle on command.
I love homeschooling the kids. There are days of course. But everyone has days- and mostly there are bad days because we get worn out and need a break. But mostly, homeschooling is the best thing that has happened to the kids and I. Homeschooling has caused me to spend more time with the kids. It has helped me to stop doing all the other things a mom does all day (cooking, cleaning, organizing, grocery shopping, etc) and read to the kids, listen to the kids, mentor the kids, do projects with them, learn with them.
There are some people who give the advice to people interested in homeschooling that say, "don't do it if you don't really enjoy being with your kids all day". I just don't like that advice. Homeschooling has given me the opportunity to enjoy my kids. Summer is when I don't enjoy the kids as much. Summer is when everyone gets bored and in trouble and on every one's nerves. But when you are engaged with your children, learning, doing object lessons, going on field trips- reading to them and listening to them- these kids are as good as gold. (for the most part :)
It is when you don't have time for the kids, that is when the trouble starts- they will do anything to get their parents attention! Not just my kids, but really any kids. Take the biggest trouble maker in your class and give him one-on-one loving attention from an adult = different kid.
So the only problem is when you have more than one kid, right? Well we can't give each kid our attention all the time. They need to learn to work independently. To discover and learn on their own as well. But when their little hearts are full of time enough with mom and dad- these things get worked out.
I was reading this today:
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
This is what we get to do! We get to teach the about our great God every day! We get to read the Bible with them and talk to them about what it means! We get to teach them about real, every day life. How to manage money, how to cook and clean, how to be kind to your neighbors, how to find a book at the library. How to shop for things you need. How to read and write and add and subtract. We get to teach them what a huge, great world this is, about God's great creation and the amazing animals and plants that we live with! We get to teach them that the greatest joy comes from knowing and loving and following God!
I never lose this excitement at the beginning of a new school year. There are so many possibilities. So many things to discover. So many moments in each day that I can spend with my kids. I can get to know them and try to find out what makes their little brains tick. What are their hopes and goals? How can we achieve those goals?
My prayer is that God will give me the wisdom to be the teacher and example that I need to be. My prayer for this new school year is that I will not get sidetracked with things that don't matter. ((I think this is one of the biggest obstacles for a homeschooling mom!!!))
Who is homeschooling this year? How long have you done it? What is the best/worst thing about it for you? Who has already started school?
I do not feel that homeschooling is right for everyone- and I do not look down on you if you do not homeschool. I am using this post to tell why I like homeschooling and why it works for us right now. I understand that God has a different plan for everyone's life.
I am linking to Heart of the Matter