So, the first quarter of our first school year has come to a close. Man, how it went by so very fast! The change I have seen in our home has been astounding. We are starting to get a hang on things, working out our schedules and how things flow the best. We have chosen a year round school year so that we can really focus on studies and making sure our learning is concrete...I say we and us because I am learning so much along with the kids. I am a firm believer in understanding is knowledge. I despise regurgitation of facts just for a grade or to maintain a schedule or busy work, what a total waist of time! I LOVE what Michael Jordan says:
Knowledge should be the same way. Learning is not regurgitating shallow facts to get a letter grade. Learning is being shown something you didn't know before in a way that it changes your life. I am firm in learning as a life long journey.
Thus, we have taken on what I am calling "the Michael approach", my babies are also avid basketball players so it works for us. I would rather my babies be able to walk into a museum and see the displays alive in their minds. To be able to carry on a conversation with details about subjects. Not be board wishing rather to play video games or watch Netflix because there is no love for knowledge. In the last three months, it has begun:)
My babies have even physically grown, it's crazy! I'm not talking little normal growth spurts. I'm talking stress free, adequate sleep and good diet major growth here. Like inches...my Beauty has grown nearly an inch, at 14 (right at 6'3" now), and my Buddy has grown 1.2 inches (5'6" at 11) and a full shoe size, the big one is on it's way they say...in three months time. My kids are giants anyway but it is out of the ordinary for even them. The doctor even says our home environment has given positive effects on my babies physically. Yeah Buddy!!!
Lastly, my babies have come into their own persons. My Beautiful is so peaceful and joyful. Her countenance has completely changed. People outside of our family are seeing the difference. My Buddy has had a peace as well. He doesn't have a heaviness in his eyes or a defensiveness about him anymore. He isn't jumpy or frustrated constantly. They have begun to become their own persons without influence. I see the baby girl that I have missed so much come back. Her personality is starting to be unique and genuine and her choices are becoming exceedingly wise. I see the sweet boy that was so gentle and helpful return to us. A trust between mother and son is developing. And a young man who is a critical thinker with insightful discernment is immerging.
If you are a homeschooler, I pray encouragement and a renewed vision over you and your family. If you are in limbo, I would say to take the leap but one year at a time. You don't need to go full blown at first, ease into it and see where the LORD takes you. If you want to homeschool but have hindrances, press into the LORD, prayerfully seeking His provision. He will not falter.
"Be patient and in all things with prayer and petition before the LORD and thank Him for all he has done:)"
Welcome! Marie is a wife, mother of two teens, and a fur baby. Marie and her family live in the north-central US. She is a homeschool Momma, avid outdoors man, and is disciplined in the study of Jewish and Christian Scriptures along with Hebrew and Greek dialect. Marie has been asked for years to share herself, so, welcome to Marie' life:)