Saturday, August 31, 2013
It has been three weeks since we took this picture on our first day of homeschool. We have learned so much since then, and most of the lessons didn't come out of any of the books we are using.
We were called to homeschool. The circumstances that brought us here do not really matter, the fact is we were meant to do this. From the moment we became parents, homeschooling our kids was part of our lives' plan and we had no idea.
Our boys are thriving with the one on one attention they are receiving. They are happy as 7 year old boys should be. Last year while attending regular school, Cade had a lot of problems learning to read early in the year; while his brother was reading very well since kindergarten (thank you Mrs. C!). This caused lots of doubts and self esteem issues for Cade. We eventually got over that hump (after many nights reading and crying together) but his self esteem has taken longer to rebuild.
These past three weeks I have seen him blossom. His self esteem has come back in full once he realized he is as smart as his twin brother and so very good at math. Would he have reached his point in regular school? I'll never know for sure, but I'm glad to see he is learning more than just academics now. He is learning he was made to be great!
For Braden, last year was a struggle because of discipline. Academically he was doing wonderfully but he would finish his work early and would start to play. Or talk to someone else in class. We would get notes every other day about how he was "interrupting class" by playing, or talking. His grades were great, his behavior was the issue. He simply got bored waiting on the other kids to finish their work.
Needless to say, he no longer has to wait for anyone else. He can finish his work and move on to things that matter to a 7 yr old, like PE and looking for bugs outside. Even his handwriting (which was a huge issue for us last year) has improved considerably, just in three weeks of homeschool!
As for my sweet Candace, she has always been a great student. It has taken her (and me!) more time to get used to the more relaxed approach that comes with being homeschooled. The first thing I've noticed is her piano playing skills have improved tremendously. She is was a good player already, but now she has more time to practice, but most importantly, she wants to practice. I no longer have to remind her (over and over) to take time to practice.
She is also feeling more comfortable debating different subjects with me, and doesn't get flustered now when I ask her questions that are not in the textbook. She now goes and finds the answers and knows it is ok to know things that are not in the books.
My kids are learning from more than just books. They are watching documentaries and using their computer to find videos on the educational websites. They are going outside to explore and looking forward to field trips.
"For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord". I believe homeschool was part of that plan for our family.