Updated: Aug 13, 2020
Parents, we will not be overwhelmed by what we see or hear from anyone else's children. While your neighbor may have a child prodigy, you may not and do not have to. Personally, I refuse to subject my children to abusive behaviors of making them feel less than because they do not meet someone else's expectations.
Homeschool is our opportunity as parents to pour our culture, heritage, love, and graces into our children. Teach them about their heritage. Who do they come from? What does your family lineage represent? I come from a line of people who are strong, intelligent, hard and smart workers. They are creative. I teach my children that we have Native Americans on both sides, Irish on my father's side, and African Americans on both sides. Then I teach them the differences and similarities of each culture and what makes them beautiful. This opens the door for history. I share how each culture came to what we now know as the United States of America. I educate them on the good, bad, and the ugly. I make sure that they understand that the world was never without fault nor will it ever be; yet, we get the opportunity to smear it with beauty because of what's inside of us.
Ty, that seems like a lot. Don't you have a five year old? Sure, I do. My five year old has never been addressed as a a baby and we will not start. We make life plain enough so that she can understand as well. What does this teach them? It instills their identity from start to present. It gives them a sense of solid foundation and confirms that they have a reason to respect their lineage, their parents, family, and most importantly themselves. We are losing respect because the foundation has fallen. There are no pillars holding up our young. Share with them who they are. Remind them that the ones before them stood for something so that they don't fall for anything.
Whoo! That's just a start of the day like a morning during prayer, bible readings, and breakfast. When I share about the Bible, I relate it to family. Then, we have a breakout session and I may read a book that falls in line. I may pass the book around the table and have everyone read out loud to teach them to speak loud and clear with confidence. It also helps me to see where they are on their reading levels. They will get better as they read. No one makes fun of anyone (prayerfully) and we move to discussion about what we read and how we can apply it to life. In my house, this will be an ice breaker into something funny or annoying and we'll go to the next subject.
This may be math. Side note: I cannot stand the way they do math today. I'm back.
During our math lesson, we will all discuss what math is and how it applies to things we do today. If it has to do with fractions, I may include a cooking lesson for some of them (I'm not ready for six people in my kitchen). This lesson will show measuring and how it looks to be part of a whole, etc. What types of things might I cook? Maybe cauliflower pizza so that I can teach about textures and substitutions for math, science, and nutrition. This will also teach about kitchen safety, cutting and how to properly use utensils. (My children have been cooking and cutting since they were about four years old and have taken many different cooking and gardening lessons because I'm old school). I may even do cupcakes so that we can see why I like to lick the bowl. LOL! Ok, ok! This also shows them how to measure.
After this, I will either be sleepy or ready for a break. We will do lunch and go outside. This trip outside may just be them playing with their friends. We may tour a park as we yearly do a tour of parks (of