I took Judah to a Homeschool Open House. What? When did he grow up? Somewhere in the midst of birthing 2 other babies, living in 3 different states, and readjusting life several times. Oh. Life happens so quickly sometimes.
|Look at him...little charmer on our "Date Night" this past weekend.|
We have been reading, discussing, and praying about our approach to schooling for awhile. And we've landed here: we strongly desire and feel we should homeschool our kids. Forever? I don't know. But we're here now, and I think unless something shifts down the road, it's where we'll stay. I've been through a gamete of feelings and thoughts about this idea: sheer fear, feelings of insufficiency, overwhelmed by all the options, and more recently (thankfully!) empowerment, conviction, and excitement.
Any Classical Conversations (CC) families out there? This is the approach we're looking into the most seriously. It is a Classical Christian model with the mission to know God and to make Him known. Bottom line, this is what I want my children to excel in above all. So, naturally, I love the thread of a Biblical world-view being woven into their education and the heart of the approach. The model divides learning into 3 stages:
- grammar stage (4-12): memorizing facts (knowledge)
- dialectic stage (13-17): discovering how the facts relate (understanding)
- rhetoric stage (16ish-beyond): applying the facts (wisdom)
The approach meets children where they are developmentally and works with them. For example, and I know this and see this now, kids are sponges from birth to twelve (well, I know they are to 4.5). So for the grammar stage, this is used as a time to fill their heads with knowledge that they need for the future. I love the creative ways they use to get the information into their heads. Songs, motions, hands-on activities, repetition....Judah joined in eagerly and was begging for more. The little I've learned through working on Scripture memorization is that if I can put their verse of the week to a tune and/or create motions for it, they've got it. And I marvel at how I still to this day can sing the "Presidents Song", reciting the names of the Presidents in order, because my 5th grade teacher taught me. Today we learned songs GALORE on every subject covered.
So today was big, and fun, and important for our family. We're making big decisions here. How will we approach education? I want to do well with my kids. I want them to know God and follow Him. I want them to see through His lens when they view the world around them. And I have much to say about all of this. For our family, I believe it means committing to Homeschooling. Though I realize this is not the "only way"...it's what we feel led to do, and so, we should obey. Time to take a humility pill, hold firm to our convictions, and trust Him even more. Yep, prayers welcomed :)
And...for your listening pleasure, this is one of the kids favorite ways to learn the story about Daniel in the lions den. Even if you think you're not a Bluegrass music fan, please give this a try. It's so catchy, so faith-fueling, and makes you want to dance. FUN!
**edit: This song is NOT about Daniel and the Lion's Den, but the fiery furnace in the book of Daniel. Excuse my pregnancy brain. :) Geez! But, it's still all those cool things, so take a listen!