Tuesday, October 28, 2014

My oldest sister visited last week with some of her children. She's been homeschooling for a decade more than I have, at least. I picked her brain on my stage of life. (I've got kids in middle school, elementary school, and pre-school.) She helped trouble shoot a lot of my difficulties. (What to do with two active boys while trying to make sure the education I give my older children surpasses the quality of the public school education they would get is my constant struggle!)

The solution is elegant and simple: let the girls "school themselves" in the morning while I give uninterrupted time to the boys and the baby. Then, in the afternoon, set the boys to doing quiet things while I give uninterrupted time to the girls. Why did I never think of this solution? After only two days, there is much more peace and much less angst in the homeschooling portion of my day!

Homeschooling is not for the faint of heart. In my young and enthusiastic days, I might have imagined that anyone could and should homeschool. Not So!! Now, at every turn of the school season, at every new year, my husband and I review the question of whether we should homeschool another year. This year, the answer happened to be, "Yes, one more year." We don't know what the answer will be next year! Every day of pre-algebra my daughter and I can get through with all our hairs intact is a major victory! (Between us, we have a full brain for math. . . I can compute, but often miss concepts; she gets the concepts but can't compute worth a toot!!) And any day when all the "piano aged" children get their practice in is a victory! And any day when there are three (sort of) square meals on the table is a victory!

Which is why when the "glory moments" come, when you actually talk to your child about something meaningful, when one child slows down to help or encourage another instead of blowing up at him, or when your husband can share laughs with you over how your daughter taught you a new method of figuring percentages when you thought her concept was impossible, it's more than a victory. It's euphoric!
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    I had to giggle when I read the one year. That's how we started. We'll try one year.

    25 years later, with 3 heading off to college in the fall, and a neighborhood full of families that we helped to begin homeschool, whose children are now marrying and having children, I am eternally grateful to God who gave us all we needed, to accomplish all He wanted to do, to prepare our kids to launch into their adult future with a faith that can't be shaken; oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord.. We had one goal that we kept primary along with all the others. God wanted children who would fear the Lord (proverbs), and we couldn't see that happening in a place where His Name isn't allowed, His Word mocked and ridiculed. That kept us strong during the 'tear your hair out times'.

    Looking back, we wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. We often forget what the temptations were like in high school for us, and that was nothing compared to the lures that are out there today, so we think somehow they will be better off 'getting an education' when in fact what they get is indoctrination into a godless, narcissistic, world that tramples and crushes the very life out of the faith that God desires, and we have worked so hard to cultivate in their hearts.

    When you feel like quitting (and you will), ask yourself this; At the end of your life will you have regrets?

    God's goal; Malachi 2:15 'why did God make two one? that He might raise a godly seed'. God wants your kids to know and love Him, Satan wants to rob, kill and destroy them. It doesn't take a phD to understand there is a war going on. It's past time to take our place as 'Princess Warrior's" and fight for the souls of our children.

    The verse that kept us going was from Daniel, who when his 3 friends were threatened with being thrown into the fire if they didn't renounce their faith they said,...' our God whom we serve is able to deliver us but if not we will not bow down to your idols, ...after hearing it quoted by Winston Churchill at the amazing evacuation of Dunkirk which rescued 300, 000 young soldiers during WWII.

    “Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
    ― Winston Churchill

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  • RUDITUDI2000
    Oh those glory moments...ahhhh enjoy those! emoticon
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  • DBEAU57
    I taught in a public school in Mississippi for 25 years. Luckily, the school district I taught in is a high-achieving district. My son and his wife live 3 hours north of us in a district with low-performing schools, so my daughter-in-law homeschools her 6 year-old. My sister lives in South Carolina and homeschooled both of her sons until they reached high school age.
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  • no profile photo CD13415521
    that s a great idea emoticon ill have to try the unschooling
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    I agree! emoticon
    2384 days ago
    It's good that you have someone to get help from!
    2384 days ago
    Being able to talk with someone who has been there and done that is so helpful. Glad things are running more smoothly now! Enjoy your glory moments!
    2384 days ago
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