Thinking back thirteen years ago when I was a young single mom, thinking that I knew everything but didn’t have a clue. Not really knowing that the time, effort and patience that it takes to raise, teach, and nurture a child is immeasurable. Not realizing how much having another person to be responsible for would change my life. Now, being responsible for four lives. Lives that God has blessed me and entrusted me with. I am so thankful and I can’t even begin to say it enough.
It is very true what they say, education does start in the home. We as parents have a responsibility to teach our own children from birth. I started off great with this when I had my older son. I had tons of support and he was so bright that he picked up on everything that I taught him. However, by the time that he was 5 and in school I dropped the ball. At the time, I was a single parent with two babies and going through a divorce. I had to work around the clock and constantly had to rely on my parents for help with my children. So I had to depend on my parents and their teachers to teach them. I am so happy that my oldest son picked up on things quickly such as reading. My younger son had a harder time with it and is still struggling but he is definitely getting much better now that I work with him every day.
I know how hard a teacher’s job must be to have to teach a student that only learns in school. You give them things to work on at home and the child never gets to it because of whatever reason. In cases such as these, when a parent just can’t, I am thankful for schools. Thankful for the teachers that care and work hard educate our children. Teachers that work extremely hard to meet children where they are and help them succeed. You, teachers, are amazing! I know that you get upset when you encounter rough situations with your students. To encourage you, just continue to give your all and do the best that you can. To encourage the parents that are always working and can’t. Designate someone who can. Can’t afford it? Talk to the teacher. If your child has a teacher who truly cares the teacher will understand and help the best way they can. Just don’t leave the teacher in the dark by staying silent. We are supposed to be working together.
Now, as a homeschooling mom, the task is completely back in my hands. My children are thriving in this first homeschool year! My youngest son who didn’t learn a thing last year is learning and that just makes my heart happy. I will do a post about his ADHD and how I was able to teach him certain things. With him, this year was our catch up year so he had tons of learning to do to get up to his grade level. We still have a little ways to go but we also have three months left in this school year and I am so proud of him.
My oldest son is no longer afraid of math and is ready to tackle Algebra 1 next year for high school! That is so exciting for me! He has hated math for years, yet now he sees it from a different perspective. He complained about taking high school science and history this year but now he sees the point of pushing himself to be the best and do the best. Homeschooling high school next year? God is telling me yes, but I am still telling him no because I am scared to death lol. In the end, of course, I will be obedient. Well, I hope lol.
Now for my four-year-old, I can’t believe how far she has come. She is brilliant and I LOVE teaching her. She definitely started off the year complaining like everyone else. Her issue was reading. She knows how to read but just did not want to do it every day. It took Shaun one day of teaching her, getting frustrated with her, and telling her about herself, for her to get it together. One day! I have been teaching her for the past four years lol! Little girls and their dads! Needless to say, now she breezes through her reading and is almost where she needs to be to start first grade next year.
Sometimes I feel like I am making up for some serious time that I lost with my boys. Not just educating them but just hanging out with them. These years are crucial. I’m not just teaching my children math, but we are teaching them life skills from a Christian perspective as well. How to have a relationship with God, be responsible, pick and love their spouse, be great parents, manage money, work hard, the list is endless. All things that are essential in this world that we are living in.
Well, I haven’t posted since last week and I really felt lead to this topic. Parents whatever your situation, don’t forget to stop and give to your children. Not talking about monetary things but things essential for living. The bible is the BEST guide book ever! Let’s give our children the best possible start in life!
Until next time…..Lady K