Coming to Terms

After posting a few months back that I will primarily use this blog for reviewing the books I read, now I feel that it is time to branch off in yet another direction.  I will still continue to review the books I read, but I fear that my reviews will be even fewer-and-further-between, which, for the reader I used to be, is quite scandalous.  However, I am now a mother of two little girls, a part-time teacher, and, after donning my latest hat, a homeschooling mother, and I fear there are still only twenty-four hours in a day.  

I have approached homeschooling with more than a little trepidation.  After all, both my husband (known on this blog as Steady Eddie) and I were model students and teachers in the public school system.  Why on earth would we choose to homeschool?  Hmmm.  The answers to that question are many and varied, but I think the main answer is a selfish one.  I cannot stomach the idea of sending Lulu off to kindergarten next year.  It seems too irrevocable.  More than one person has said to me, “Once they go off to school, they’re gone.”  I don’t want our life together to be that way.  As much as I long for a moment of quiet most days, I love having my girls with me every day.  I love reading to them and spending time with them, and I’m just not ready to hand that privilege over to a teacher. Is that selfish? 

And so we embark on this journey.  While I suppose I should say that we’ve been homeschooling all along (after all, we spend at least a small portion of each weekday in scripture memorization and a larger portion in reading aloud), we have gathered a little corner of our morning into something we call “learning time” every day.  I am going to attempt to keep a record of what we do each week here.  Come along with us if you wish!

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Works for Me Wednesday–Family Video Keepsake

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If you’ve visited my blog before, you may know that my family is working on a goal of learning more of God’s word this year.  Our first family memorization challenge was Psalm 1, and I am proud to report that we completed it in about three weeks. I was thinking about how I love to hear my little girls’ little voices recite their verses, and how I am going to miss hearing those little voices as they grow, when it occurred to me that this is the perfect opportunity to do something we have not done nearly enough of:  videotaping our girls doing day-to-day stuff.  We remember to pull out the video camera on holidays and birthdays, but we often only use our regular (digital) camera for normal memory-keeping.  I thought that it would be a great family keepsake to have our girls reciting their memory chapters on videotape.  On Sunday morning after the girls were dressed for church, Steady Eddie recorded Lulu saying the chapter.  Because Louise is still pretty small, she just “helped” her sister this time.  However, I know that within the next six months or so she will be able to say the whole chapters herself; she already learns most of the verses with a little prompting.  I love that I now have this precious chapter of their lives recorded and I look forward to adding more minutes to our tape as the girls learn more of God’s word!

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