“What do people in China eat?” “Why does your dress open on both sides like that?” “There are people buried in the Great Wall of China!” “Why does their language go up and down?” “They don’t use the alphabet?” These are a few of the comments and questions asked by Number 2′s kindergarten class yesterday when I came as a special guest during their study of the Chinese culture. I wore my traditional dress in Chinese brocade, and taught them a song in Mandarin. It’s amazing how accurately children can pronunciate. Mandarin is like singing. That’s why it goes up and down. And kids are good at singing! They asked for an example of how a word, spoken with different tones, could mean different things. Chicken is a good example, I explained. Chicken is first tone. to mail something is fourth tone. “You wouldn’t want to say we’re eating our […]
I had the opportunity to volunteer in my kids’ elective class last week at school. (One example of the best of homeschooling and private education combined!) Kid’s Kitchen is a fun class where the children learn how to properly use kitchen tools with adult supervision, follow recipes, and cook cuisine from around the globe. This is fantastic, as we also include a curriculum for kindergartners that expose them to the cultures around the world. The kids eat it up…literally! Last week’s focus was China, so yours truly volunteered to help with little hands and spring rolls. In an hour, a meal of pan-fried spring rolls, sweet and sour sauce, and cucumber salad was served up to our group of little chefs. Note to parents: Kids love to eat their own cooking…whatever it is!
Just like he sometimes wishes he didn’t have to write out his Latin flash cards… …I sometimes would rather be playing catching up on my list, than homeschooling… …but just as the rewards of studying Latin are sometimes immediate, but mostly unrealized until down the road… …I keep my eye on the prize that’s in the distance, giving thanks for the treasure of time with my kids today.
First day of school. First day of kindergarten for Number 2. First day of year 2 for Headmaster hubby. First day for Number 3 to be the oldest for the day…and to help Mama with dishes. “Mama, Caleb’s water bottle is going toot toot!” And…First day with no big brother supervision for Number 4! Tomorrow will be our first day homeschooling 2…with 2 little ones busy distracting. This will take some adjusting to for all of us!
Number 1 has taken to writing poetry lately. It all started on the last day of school when a real writer came to his class and led the students in a multi-sensory poetry writing exercise. (Love our school…that even the last day of class is purposeful!) The introduction to poetry left a great impression on Number 1, as he was eager for me to read his poem written that day. Here it is in it’s original form, save a few spelling corrections: My Special Poem Out comes the air of the lantern Sounds of bleating of the lambs is now coming Out comes the cries of people crying for the Lord, the Son of God Now out comes the smell of spices and perfumes The Lord is buried Out comes the air. I’m biased, as he is my child; but nevertheless, I was in awe. His words were thoughtful, simple, […]
Our oldest attends Oak Grove Classical Academy, where phonograms are taught using the Spell To Write and Read curriculum. We homeschool three days a week, and review these phonograms using a cd. Number 3 is always asking to do “a, A, ah.” If you are local, and are interested in a classical, Christian, homeschool/traditional school education for your child, we are taking new registrations now for the 2009-2010 school year!
A dream realized. To envision, research, labor, revise, fundraise, pray, face trials, stay focused, commit, risk, and sacrifice for well over a year–and to see it all in the reflection of students, textbooks, lesson plans, math manipulatives, Latin chants, praying parents, lunchboxes, excellent faculty, and a very smooth first day of school–well, that is beyond dreaming, but the reality of the power of God. It’s difficult to capture in words or photographs the significance of this day for those who serve as founding board members at Oak Grove Classical Academy. I suppose I have a double blessing as I experience the joy of seeing the school come to fruition, and that of a parent who’s hope for the best in both homeschooling and private classical schooling is finally realized. All aspirations and excellence aside, the most telling moment, perhaps, was found in Caleb’s responses to his first day of 2nd […]
Just came home from Orientation for Oak Grove Classical Academy. It made me so proud and excited to see the months and months of labor, sacrifice, prayer, diligence, and planning culminate on a day when all the families that will be Oak Grove came together to begin the school year. I was able to sit back as a parent today, and truly absorb the privilege that it is to have an option for academic and spiritual excellence, while remaining the primary educator and discipler of my children. Our official first day of school will be Tuesday, August 12, but today was every bit as joyous of an occasion for us Board families that have worked so hard to see it come to be. I’m not sure I have mentioned it here, but after much prayer and consideration, Troy has taken on the role of Headmaster for the school this year. […]
There is a very large corner of my life I have never written about here. Perhaps my reluctance has been due to the breadth of the endeavor–the explanation of which is too lengthy and significant for my 5-minute-every-couple of-days-blogging-style. It could also be that all ventures require faith, risk, and unknowns…and sometimes it feels safer to just sit on it until all fear of failure subsides, and victory is clearly at hand. Alas, fear and anxiety leave you crippled in sin, and incapable of rejoicing. But the Lord has been giving me a new song lately, one of trust and not fear. He is teaching me in all areas of my life to consider the road leading to where I want to be; the road that is lined with suffering, joy, repentance, dying to self, and surrendering to Him. Left up to my flesh, I would be performance-based in my […]
Toddlers are real people. They’re just really small. As a parent, sometimes it may feel as though your not-yet-speaking-tantrum-throwing-picky-eater-toddler is but a little creature (or monster at times!) Yet, you need only stop and think of the last time he mimicked your grimacing frown or repeated your very words to realize he is a rapidly growing, exploring, learning child. This may be when you feel the conviction to turn off the television, get off the phone, and teach your child. We are often daunted by the idea of “teaching” our children, deigning ourselves untrained educators, when there is really no one better than a parent to train up a child in the way he should go. If you are in the preschool stage, here are a few resources that you might find helpful in your journey in teaching and training in the home. I have included the links so that […]