My kids love books, books about presidents, and explorers, and scientists. Just recently my kids devoured books about Ronald Reagan, George Washington, and traveling on the Mayflower. And at night, we read aloud from the Anne of Green Gables series of books, and my boys love it! And I love that they love it! (Even my hubby is enjoying the “Anne books”, but don’t tell him that I told on him ;)
OK, so it’s not a real confession. I mean I’m sure that many of you have similar stories about your children. But this is like a whole new world to me. Within the last two plus years we’ve gone from a family that runs around from one thing to the next, to a family that loves to slow down, declutter, read, learn, and grow. I’m really enjoying this!
We are now in a new way of thinking then I have ever been, and it’s nice. Learning fractions is no longer just for math class, it is now learned when the bananas start to turn brown and I assign “The Master Chef” (my oldest son) the duty of making banana bread. I ask him to double the recipe, and poof, we learning math . . . in the kitchen! Outside of our language arts studies we also put together a school newspaper, and suddenly “The Bug Whisperer” (my younger son) is searching the information in his favorite nature books for the perfect subject for an article or crossword puzzle. (You can generate your own crossword puzzles here.) I open the computer and our little one is begging to work on her phonics on Starfall. This is fun!
And I am learning with them. In the past 2+ years I have learned that Monarch Butterflies winter in Mexico. I have learned more about where the subject and predicates are in a sentence. And most importantly I have learned that “The Bug Whisperer” thrives and flourishes under the tutelage of a calm teacher, but even more than that needs one on one help from time to time to feel secure. He is more confident now then ever in school at home. His love of animals, and nature, weather, and creation is amazing! And “The Master Chef” is not only a master chef, but he is also a mentor to his siblings, and an excellent student and observer of the things and people around him. His dream is to own a restaurant some day, and I believe he’ll do it! And it will be a nut-free restaurant ;) Our little one is growing faster than ever through the encouragement of her “brudders”, and is happily invited on (almost) all of their adventures.
I am happier than I have ever been before and I have God, and the Titus 2 homeschoolers that He brought around me, to thank for that!
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