We began school this year officially on the 8th of September. We’ve been using these first three weeks to get comfortable with our routine. The kids extracurricular activities have also begun in the past two weeks and our weekends are now pleasantly full. We began the year with a recap on the ‘why’ of learning and discussing our aims and goals for the year, as well as the ‘how’ we are to achieve this. We discussed the major terms of each subject, for example what history is and why it’s important for us to learn it. I think it’s vital to constantly remind the kids as well as myself what the point of anything we do is and find some way of motivating ourselves to achieve our common family goals.
I’m especially happy about the many activities my children have begun as they now have a greater incentive to achieve well in school, in order to impress their peers. I highly recommend children to be part of a movement such as scouting as it is excellent for character building, social interaction of all ages and encourages positive self discipline. (And I am speaking from experience)
The kids have also enjoyed their first ever ice skating experience. It was an amazing sight to behold! They each had their fair shares of grand falls, yet they were ever so resilient and picked themselves up and kept going. It was a great show of perseverance and I was mighty proud of them. Even upon waking up the next morning with shaky legs (reminding me of Bambi’s first steps) they begged to go back! These types of character traits can only be learnt through experience and not at a desk. So I want to encourage this and will need to look into attempting to fit in some lessons in the near future.
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”
I’ve been wanting to create a blog in order to record my homeschooling experience for myself (instead of hoarding piles and piles of papers) and for anyone interested in homeschooling, either to see what its all about or to have some insight for their own homeschooling journey. Making the decision for educating your own children is difficult regardless who you are or where you come from. I myself am in an area where it is pretty foreign to homeschool. I have been actively searching for anyone in the area where we live so I can have some type of a support group or monthly get together for the kids but have come up empty handed.
Everyone, everywhere has their own individual reasons on why they do anything, from work to play and everything in between. We all accomplish tasks in our own unique ways. This is true also for our educating children. I believe its the protective gene in us Mothers that makes our opinions hold such a great weight, that it is sometimes difficult to change our minds when it comes to our children’s upbringing. However, regardless in the way we raise our children, we all do it the way we believe is right and best for us. One of my inspirations came by the reality TV show about the Duggar family’s journey through life. I find it amazing that they can raise children with innocence and morals in today’s day and age as well as in one of the most morally corrupted countries in the world. I believe that most of their success lies in the choice to homeschool their children.
I remember when I found out I was first pregnant, how excited I felt and how much I anticipated the birth of my baby. I was picturing days out at the park, pretty dresses, ice cream, rainbows, joy and laughter. Four children and 10 years later I have realized the enormous responsibility and weight of raising another human being dependent on you to learn the ins and outs of this world. There are times when I feel like my child is a fish amongst sharks and times when I feel like my child is a lion amongst lambs. Those days when I feel the former are so nerve racking that I can literally feel my hair receding. Yet, those days when I feel the latter I can’t even put into words the pride, love and gratitude I have at that moment, that I truly become blissfully amnesic of all the hardships that have brought me to that point in my life.
That is one of the beauties after all of being human. Isn’t it? That we are forgetful creatures. Which brings me to why I have decided to create this blog. God willing, I am hoping that perhaps I shall have some place to remember my trials, successes and errors as a parent, and join a community which I am looking forward to listening to their advice or positive criticism (I hope!). This is all in order for me to become the best parent or person I can be and to help others where I can as I go through the many techniques I am learning as a parent and homeschooler.
‘To acquire knowledge one must study. To acquire wisdom one must observe.’