All homeschool Momma's need encouragement. We feel stuck and have a hard time knowing if the kids are "getting it". Finding the niche on what type of learning suites our babies best is a process. I wanted to share what we have learned this past year and how I believe it is the best way to determine the efficiency of our learning. Read on for your sanity.
My goal is to train my kids to be critical thinkers and how to find their niche on how to remember and recognize the information they are learning. Not to just repeat it back for a test or grade only to forget. I don't want my kids to be that one who says "oh yeah, I remember now" only after lengthy explanations. I want my kids to be the who says "the Mayflower Compact was written before the starving pilgrims even got off the Mayflower. They believed to have the right to govern themselves and live according to Scripture. It was that important. That's why they prayed before doing anything, even writing the Compact. And that's why they came to America because they loved Jesus and Scripture so much they were willing to die for it. But they were getting tired of dying for it. That's what a pilgrim is you know, a person who takes adventures for what they believe.", actual conversation my Beauty had. That my friends is knowledge!
If my kids can remember and recall the information at a later time, then I am confident they know their stuff. How many times have you heard yourself say "I don't remember learning that". Take your time! Getting bogged down by a schedule or perfect curriculum means nothing if they do not retain it.
I hope that this helps everyone struggling with the uncertainty of doing a good job teaching. Anyone who doesn't know if they can teach, being on the fence about homeschooling. The one struggling with the wondering question, "are my kids getting this?", retaining the information. Remember, we have the privilege of determining our students progress not with tests but with life application. How great is that!
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