Sometimes and Always…Motherhood

Posted by Administrator on 5/19/2014 to Homeschooling

Sometimes motherhood is giggles and grins from a freshly bathed infant.

Sometimes it’s quietly soothing a fevered brow in the middle of the night.

Sometimes motherhood is carefully placing bows in a little girl’s hair while she chatters away about her playmates.

Sometimes it’s fishing nylons out of the toilet…along with a watch, a tube of toothpaste, and a Q-tip because the miniature scientist in your midst wondered if they would float.

Sometimes motherhood is teaching wee ones their verses for AWANA or the upcoming Christmas program.

Sometimes it’s cleaning up the box of Crispy Rice the little man discovered in the cupboard, and promptly poured all over the floor so he could eat them more easily.

Let Us Not Grow Weary While Doing Good…

Posted by Administrator on 5/12/2014 to Homeschooling
This is the time of the school year that I will readily confess: I’m done. I’m tired of trying to get my kids up so they can start school “on time.” I’m weary of figuring out Algebra 2 polynomials and Spanish conjugations. I’m exhausted by my six-year-old’s inattentiveness to reading lessons and handwriting labors. I’m frustrated with all the squabbles and mini-arguments that I hear (or have to resolve) each day. And then there’s the weather…. This seems to be the year of perpetual snow, cold, rain, and gray skies. We were at 78 degrees on Sunday, and we had an inch of snow on Tuesday. The poor daffodils are not sure what to do—blossom or wilt—and I’m right there with them! Sigh. ‘Tis the season of...

Is Your Writing Drowning? Try a RAFT!

Posted by Administrator on 5/5/2014 to Homeschooling
You may be familiar with responses like these when you announce to your child that he gets to write a paper or anything in the coming week: “I did that last month. Why do I have to do it again?” “Writing is so boring, Mom. Can’t we make a movie or just talk about my assignment?” “Why do we have to write the same old stuff every week?” “Does it really have to be more than 200 words?” For some of our children, these might be rather...

Freedom in Boundaries

Posted by Administrator on 4/28/2014 to Homeschooling
We were at Niagara Falls recently, and one vantage point we enjoyed was on the American side in which an elevated platform held us about seven or eight stories (I would guess) above the falls and the Niagara River. As we climbed the stairs and walked out on the platform, Kris, my dear husband, moved farther and farther away from the exterior edge. He confessed that his knees were getting wobbly and he was feeling dizzy. He kept saying, “My mind envisions what it would be like without that guardrail, and how far we would fall.” On the other hand, I love heights, so I was going right to the edge and looking over the chest-high railing without any concern that I might be

Handling the Distractions

Posted by Administrator on 4/21/2014 to Homeschooling
It is amazing what can distract my children from doing their schoolwork. For my oldest son, it was his propensity for daydreaming about playing baseball professionally, or designing a diaper for a parrot (yes, really, a parrot diaper), or creating a Bible club for kids in the neighborhood. For my older daughter, it is working on any jigsaw puzzle within hand’s reach or the latest good read that she has discovered at the library. My fourth son can be distracted by practically anything—a squirrel outside, a word on his page of reading, a noise in the laundry room, or a cough from a sibling. We’ve lovingly dubbed him Distractionus Maximus. But it’s the distraction-trigger of my third son (age eight) that is
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