A Better Way to Homeschool
What if we focus on character
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When our youngest son was 9-years old, he was “chomping a the bit” to create something for my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.
He loves the idea of pulling an idea from his brain and creating something cute, useful, educational and FUN for kids while putting a few pennies in his pocket. Although you must be 18 to open a sellers account, he decided to begin studying the process so he’s ready to go on his 18th birthday.
I hate the word pissed.
I mean really hate it. It is too harsh, too negative, and downright gross.
Yet, in this case, it’s the only word I can use to describe how my sister felt. I had royally pissed her off. What made it so bad, was that I was clueless.
One day, we were laughing and talking, the next day she cut me off completely.
I spent months trying to figure out why she never answered her phone and was never home. I thought she was simply busy.
Boy, was I wrong!
I’m standing in my kitchen waiting for an equal opponent.
Someone to challenge my speed, my agility, my ability to rule the universe.
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Alas, everyone is still sleeping at 6:30.
So I will wait.
Sometimes I wonder if I am the best teacher for my children…
Am I alone?
Last week I picked up the novel my son was reading to help him with comprehension. He is reading Call it Courage. As I read the first chapter I realized that this book was not about a boy’s struggle with war. (That’s right! I never even noticed the cover)
Good Lord, help my children!
It just makes sense. If you want to become an expert at anything, find an expert and do what they do.
By following this advice I’ve learned to:
Like all great scientific discoveries, this one was an accident.
On a whim, I signed our three very different sons up for an online science class.
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Get ready to GASP…
I never read to Kill a Mockingbird before.
Or Fahrenheit 451.
Or East of Eden.
Or countless other classics.
photo by Caleb Woods
When our oldest son was in 5th grade my husband tricked me into homeschooling. “Just give it a year“.
That was ages ago, and I’m still teaching my younger kids around the kitchen table.
I remember our first real day of homeschool. I arrogantly sat across the kitchen counter from my son and ran a quick “teacher like” math fact drill.
photo by aaron burden
I remember the day I peeked over my son’s shoulder. He was 12-years old.
He was sitting there so quietly- completely absorbed in his work. His intensity intrigued me, so I snuck over to take a peek.
I shouldn’t have been stunned, but I was.
How the in the world did he learn to draw so well?
Here’s the secret…
Almost pulled out my hair today.
My 11-year-old Stephen, woke up more bouncy than usual. That’s saying something. (I’m guessing Winnie the Pooh’s buddy, Tigger, was inspired by an 11-year-old ADHD boy. Just sayin’.)
While I am not a big labeler, if this son of mine were in a “traditional classroom”, I’m confident he would have been stamped as dyslexic, ADHD, and an overall handful. He is, it’s true. But that’s why God gave him to my husband and me. (Big toothy grin)
Most days, his bounciness is controlled by sitting on one of those exercise balls at the table, or knitting when we read aloud.
You see, tomorrow we venture 8 hours to visit our beloved In-N-Out Burger joint. The fact that there isn’t an In-N-Out in Washington state was almost a deal breaker when we relocated here. Anyhoo, Stephen is so excited.
Now, Try to teach Tigger a traditional math lesson.
Yea, I spit out my coffee too. It ain’t gonna happen….