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I am happily married to an amazing military man who spent 9 years enlisted and is now an Officer in the US Army. We have two amazing boys who are not so little any more! They still infuse every moment of every day with creativity and energy, and make my life an adventure.  I was educated at home, and am now teaching our children - second generation homeschoolers! I try every day to become more like Jesus Christ, and to love like HE does. If you want you can try and catch me at bethylovesandy@yahoo.com

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"For the Lord gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding." Proverbs 2:6 NKJV 
The Message translation puts it this way "God gives out Wisdom free, is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding."

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Homeschool wonderworld

Yesterday Canaan came to understand the absolute joy of homeschooling. We had just finished reading time, and were about to transition to math, and he asked if he could have a snack. I told him he could have some fruit. He went to the fridge, picked out a plum, and came back to tell me, "Mom - we use to have four plums, one for each person in the family, but I am eating one, so now we only have three". My immediate response was "Let's put that in different words. 4 take away one, or minus one, equals three." And for some reason, that clicked with him. He counted everything throughout lunch, adding and subtracting. He still has to actually count to get the answer - we counted grapes, animal crackers - but the concept is there. And that is what I love about homeschooling. In school, a teacher will have a word problem, with pictures in a book, of "Johnny had three apples, but he ate one. How many are left?" My 5 year old had actual plums, and grapes to work with. Math time did not end when math time was over. He voluntarily carried it over into lunch time. And that is why homeschooling works for me. Neither family time nor school ever end. They are both constantly happening. Life is learning. 
 My friend Carrie called me to ask for a recipe the other day. It is for peanut butter cookies, and it is a recipe I have been making for YEARS - one of those "church cookbook" things. It was originally for 13 dozen. I clearly remember when I was studying fractions, around 9 or 10 years old, one of my school projects was to cut that recipe in half. It is written there in the cookbook, 1 1/4 cups sugar, instead of 2 1/2, 2 1/2 tsp soda, rather than 5, etc. That was school. I am pretty sure my friend Michelle, who was also homeschooled, was over that day. We probably weren't actually doing any bookwork - but my Mom had the idea to have us make cookies. Picking a recipe and finding it in the table of contents was reading. Cutting it in half was math. Watching the chemical reaction of mixing, then baking was science. She probably came up with a way to have history thrown in there too, knowing my Mom. I am not saying that every day of my education was like that - obviously I had to actually read history, and literature (like that was a hard subject to talk me into!) and learn algebra and biology - but my life as a homeschooler was full of LIFE skills. I really want to pass that along to my kids. 
 Having Canaan just "get it" while doing something totally not school related was thrilling for me. It reminded me, and confirmed to me, that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing. 


mom0ktdid said...

What a wonderful memory! And, with his MOM! What a great thing that there is no "right" way to do this!!! Now, to the other end of the spectrum:


mom0ktdid said...

By the way, I am so glad I have you to talk to so I can balance myself out...thanks for making me feel okay that I let Kaitlyn and Noah watch tv while I do reading with Katie! ha ha!

mom0ktdid said...

AND not to forget a HUGE thank you for all the decisions you and Andy made in life that brought you to live at your parents' house for a few months while we were wrestling with the decision to homeschool! What a blessing that turned out to be!