Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Lessons From Our Homeschool


We are well into our twentieth year of homeschooling in our family. We began as our oldest children were starting fourth grade and first grade... way back in 1998. These days, the six of our children still at home occupy grades from kindergarten all the way up to high school senior.

And this is our busiest and bustling-est homeschool year yet! I would describe our homeschool style as organized and eclectic. Effective. And lots of fun... most of the time. {smile}

Along with the standard classes and traditional methods, we encourage our children to explore their unique interests, develop their talents, and enjoy their individual hobbies and activities. We work and play together around our homestead and have all kinds of lovely adventures and outings and experiences.

Those are all good things that contribute to our learning lifestyle, I think.

A long time ago, we chose Proverbs 23:12 as our homeschool verse. It has always been a priority of ours to instill in our children a love for God and a love for reading and learning. I think this verse captures that desire quite nicely.
"Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to the words of knowledge."
                                        Proverbs 23:12 {WEB}
And every day, it seems, at least one of our children will present me with a bit of information that in twenty years of homeschooling, I have not heard before.

Here are a couple of those recent lessons from our homeschool...

This week, one of our boys said to me... "Did you know that you are older than every dog alive?" Ha! Now, that is obviously true (I am 48 years old) but I had never heard it put that way before. It did make me laugh out loud.

As we were eating supper the other day, we were discussing the mysterious black eye I woke up with (I have no idea what I did... in my sleep, no less!) and also our son's pet Pacman frog. This led to one of our children telling me that frogs use their eyes to push down their food when they swallow. I find that rather fascinating!

I just love those little random tidbits of information that come up throughout the day amidst our ongoing educational endeavors.

Homeschooling is a blessing that I never take for granted. There is always something new to learn... and with a house full of children and many more years of homeschooling ahead of us (Lord willing), I have hopes of finding out all kinds of things I don't know yet as all of these students of mine learn and grow.

Wishing you a lovely day...







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