Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Oh, How I'll Miss This...

I've prayed about this for a few months now, and even though I didn't get an immediate answer, God did answer my prayer. 

I have a homeschool mommy friend whom I admire very much. Every school year she prays about how to teach her children for that particular year, and she follows through with God's answer. It seems that some years she puts them in a two-day hybrid homeschool program, such as we did last year, and some years she takes a different homeschool path. I have made a promise to myself and to God, that I would do the same thing. I realize that what I've chosen at this point in our lives--homeschooling--is a bit radical and "weird" to some, but it's clearly what God has called me to do right now. 

I never would have guessed that I'd spend so many years in college and the teacher credentialing program, and having my own classrooms, and then choose to stay home and teach my own class of two, and not get paid one single cent. I can't explain it here in this blog, as my reasons are entirely too difficult to put into print. My longing to homeschool comes from the tender life of my seven year-old who just got her feeding tube removed a year ago, and the fact that I can't let her out of my grasp. And when I see my now five year-old son, I want to hold him tightly and protect him as only I can. It's hard to put into words. I can say this: This is what I'm meant to do at this point in time, and until God tells me to stop, I will continue.

I will always speak highly of the public school system and traditional classrooms to them, as that is my background and where my teaching beginnings were, and they might very well go back there someday, and they know this.

We moved and I've chosen to once again do a two day charter hybrid homeschool. They will attend two days in a classroom, where their work is highly individualized for them, and I'll teach them for three days at home. It's a mixture that I like. However, if God tells me to put them into a typical classroom I will, just like I'll fully homeschool them if that is for the best. 

Tiny B will be going into first grade (wowzers!) and Strong B will be in other TK or Kindergarten (I'll decide next week) and I will be given the curriculum that the school has decided upon. Mother Goose Time has brought me through the last two years of tube-weaning and homeschooling and will always hold a very special place in my heart, but it is time to move on. And I suppose that Mother Goose Time would want this, as they are a preschool curriculum company who wants children to learn and grow.

I'm not ready to completely say goodbye, as I might still order a box from time to time, and I've organized my boxes with the MGT that we haven't used yet. So, there's still time...

I will miss Strong B wanting to do an art project and already having the materials on hand. I am not the most creative teacher regarding art projects. It's been amazing to have all of the materials ready and put into a tidy bag!

Two days ago he wanted to build a boat.

So I took out the Alphabet Island box which we are still working on, and opened that bag full of magic, and they started creating. 

Tiny B, who is now a reader, read the nursery rhyme, and Strong B created. 

His little pictures make me want to squeeze him. They're that cute. 

Tiny B couldn't resist the Make and Play project, and soon she was putting the finishing touches on her boat. 

In my next two posts I'll be finishing up with Mother Goose Time and sharing just how much this beautiful curriculum has impacted our journey.

*I  receive Mother Goose Time curriculum in exchange for sharing of our experiences, resulting from our personal use. All opinions/thoughts are my own and are in no way influenced by others.

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