What Homeschooling has Taught Me
I’d like you to give a warm welcome to my guest-blogger, Amanda.
Amanda and I come from the same family tree.
Her great-grandma was my dad’s auntie. I think that is how it is anyway.
We are going to be starting our first full year of homeschooling at the end of this month.
It has been such a huge change for everyone at home, but we wouldn’t change it for the world!
Big Kid was in 6th grade at public school and was having issues.
In case you didn’t know, he is our adopted son who has FASD and ADHD.
During his “school” years, we were told he needed medicine to help him through the day.
Guess what? He didn’t need the medicine, school did!
How can any kid sit through an 8 hour school day, plus the bus ride to and from school?
Give the kid a schedule that allows him to move and he is able to focus much better!
Ray Ray will be starting Kindergarten, and guess what? We didn’t finish any formal preschool program.
He knows his letters and numbers.
He loves to count and have books read to him.
He isn’t really fascinated by the thought of writing, but is willing to practice his name over and over again so he can get a library card!
I learned that as outgoing and “crazy” he is, he is also very sensitive.
Little Miss just wants to copy her brothers no matter what!
She has caught on to so many more things than her brothers did at her age, and I will say it is because she is watching and listening all the time.
I haven’t “sat” her down for school, and don’t really plan on doing that until at least 3 ½ or 4, but I do have coloring sheets that match what the boys are doing for her.
She loves knowing that she has the same thing, and even if she scribbles for 5 minutes while I am talking, I know she is probably still listening as she sits and plays on the floor next to us.
Now something else we have learned is that our kids love to ask questions.
Now that we have all the kids at home, they seem to have come up with about a million more questions to ask.
Thank goodness for Google!!
Having all the kids home with us has helped to strengthen the family bonds.
We are no longer on the school schedule, but the family schedule.
The kids have all become each others best friends.
They know that they can trust each other and that they will always be there for each other.
It has been such a wonderful privilege to see the delight in the eyes of our children as they learn and grow with us and the Lord!!
Amanda is a stay at home mommy who is still learning the ropes to homeschooling.
She really enjoys watching her kids learn and teach each other.
The Hopkins family lives in East Central Minnesota and really enjoys being outside in all the different weather conditions the state has to offer.
You can follow their homeschooling adventures over at hopkinshomeschool.com