One thing that I am learning is that teaching my kids is so natural. Before this year I never intentionally sat down and had a formal lesson to teach my kids all that they now know. They can speak in full sentences, know their alphabet, their colors, shapes, etc without me sitting down and teaching them. I have to remind myself of this daily! I try to teach them naturally through reading good books, cooking together, playing games or just talking to them. I now understand that homeschooling is more of a lifestyle than a isolated activity. I know what I want my children to learn and I have about 13 hours a day to teach them. We may sit down for 20 minutes and do what they call "school" but they are learning all day and night whether they know it or not. They LOVE to read, but don't know that the hours we sit and read together is our "school" or when we go outside and draw with chalk or hang out at the creek that is "school" or when we bake a chocolate cake together that is "school" or when we go to the grocery that is "school" or when we are playing Alphabet GO FISH that is "school".
Here is a glimpse of the excitement of the week.
A raccoon that came to visit.
The kids loved this!
Can you say arranged marriage? You know they do that in Ethiopia!
School on the back deck
Yes, he is Clay's child.
The constant battle....
for a KISS!
Cute conversations I overheard this week:
Nile: "Lets play football, Bowen."
Bowen: "No, you said earlier you didn't want to play."
Nile: "I change my mind, Bowen."
HOW STINKIN' SMART IS THIS CHILD! Cannot believe some of the things he says.
Later, Nile picks up a marker in the office and looks at me and says, "I know better than that Momma." LOL.
Love, love, love that kid! How could this face not brighten your day! Can't imagine our family without him!