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 ~