Thursday, January 9, 2014

Woven Tapestry of Home School

Growing up one of nine, we never had Hostess cakes.  Ev.  Er.  I thought I was being served such an injustice because I was forced to eat home made meals and snacks from a mother who could whip up a culinary, European feast in no time.  I never realized how awesome I had it until I grew up.

I do not think my kids will truly grasp how good they have it with home schooling until they grow up.

When traditional-schooled children ask my kids if they like to be home schooled, my kids will quickly respond by waving the mother-load, golden ticket answer, "Our school only takes 3-4 hours a day!"  This remark usually causes the inquirer to drop his jaw and reply, "I want to be home schooled!"  For kids, that tid bit is the deal maker.  Yet there is so much more to home school life.

My kids may not really "see" all the behind-the-scene happenings of a typical school week as children, but I am quite confident that they will "get it" eventually, that they will see their schooling was intricately woven with abundant life lessons.

Take Mabel.  After she finished her morning school work the other day, she continued working on another form of training.

Then there was Sally and Ester.  I caught them in a student/teacher moment as Sally helped Ester put together a DNA molecule for Ester's Science class.

I like to see these role playing moments.  Not only do they help each other with grading and teaching (which is a HUGE help to me), but they can even teach their mother a thing or two.

Ester is in the process of teaching me how to crochet!

On those particularly challenging school days, the kids take turns being playmate to Miss Clementine.  This is a HUGE help to me.  These childcare skills are priceless…(and they include changing dirty diapers!)

*It has not always been like this.  When they were younger there were still multiple life lessons going on, but it was definitely harder for all of us.*

Once in awhile, the kids can go with their dad on a business call.  Just this morning, Ester went with David to set up his company display for the home show he is participating in this weekend.

She packed her backpack full of school work and went along for the drive.  Two forms of schooling took place for her today.

I am not even sure if they realize how lucky they are to eat ice cream while doing their math!  Ha ha!

The older I grow, the more I look back with fondness over my own upbringing.  The memories that make my heart dance with joy the most are the same moments that I thought were unfair as a child.  I know that the day will come when our children will have their own a-ha moments and recognize these home school days were richly blessed with life lessons.

~  Patty  ~


  1. What a wonderful blessing it is for you to have your children with you as they learn both life lessons and school lessons. There are so many little things you are able to weave into their days that they would not get in a classroom setting. I am in awe of all that you are able to do. I'm sure your kids will treasure all of those things as they get older and have their own families.

    1. You know, it is a blessing, really. A choice and a blessing. Sometimes, it can be difficult for the mom (or dad) who is the predominant homeschooling parent. Even for myself, just like the kids, I have to stop and see the blessings and know that the hard moments will pass, too. Thanks for the encouragement! That really helps homeschooling parents along :)

  2. Sooo much love and learning, my dear friend...
    I agree with our friend much is being learned and shared...
    I am so inspired by you, Patty.
    Following you all these years gave me the confidence and inspiration to join you in the wonderful world of homeschooling. And I am thankful. : )

    1. I hope you are enjoying it. It does go so quickly and jumping in at jr high level can be quite difficult. But with one day at a time, it can be done. Keep up the great work you are doing with your children. They, too, will see the abundant blessings :)

  3. I think that the TIME you all have together is the biggest blessing of all in homeschooling. I cring at the fact that next year Anna and Abigail will be at different schools. I love that Anna is there for Abigail this year, walking her in, seeing her in the hallway. I think that's one of the reasons that we don't do playdates. When they're home I just want (and they just want) to be together. I love the buzz of us all together at home. I want (and they are ) them to be best friends.

    1. The time together is very important indeed. Sometimes, it can be too much time together and we have little fires that need to be put out. It helps that they have their own learning spaces to get away from one another. I have to admit though, I would LOVE a little bit of time each day to myself. But it is non-existent because of the chapter of life we are in at the moment. Thanks for the encouragement!

  4. I agree, our kids won't appreciate our lifestyle until they are older. I remember not really appreciating my mom until I went to college and my laundry pile kept growing and no one was taking care of it ;) One of my goals for this year is to do more home ec skills with the boys. As the girls get older I rely more on them for chores and boys get let off the hook. Not this year!!

  5. I love these little moments that you shared. They are what makes being home with our children so precious. I do wonder sometimes what my children will someday think of their childhood and how they were raised.

  6. Beautiful ah-ha reflection and a precious domestic church you are building:)

  7. Oh, it's fun to remember the "perks" of homeschooling...thanks for the reminders!!


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