I teach a wide age range and enjoy the challenge. The fun part is seeing how far each child can reach mentally and spiritually while maintaining connections to their siblings. Some people wonder why I go to all the painstaking work of homeschooling when I could more easily put my kids into a public or private school. Though the answer is involved, I can simply state that homeschooling binds us together as a family like nothing else could. We learn together, we deal with problems together, we have fun together, we help each other, and we grow together. My older kids enjoy giving the younger kids humorous previews of what is coming next... while the younger ones have a uniquely adapted educational experience. We have become self-starters and independent learners. Everyone owns their own curriculum. We go over books and material options together before I buy what we need, and as some zoom ahead in certain areas others choose to do more in-depth studies on a favorite subject. I realized long ago that it is best to have the kids involved early on in some of the educational planning because then they take responsibility their education. Though they may not love a particular subject (spelling) they know they also have subjects (history) that they really do love. When motivation is embedded in the very learning process itself – so much the better.
We can’t run away from problems. My kids and I have to face discipline issues right away or disruptions will plague us all day. It is funny how the older kids hold the younger kids accountable for their attitudes and say things like: “That pout won’t help you learn, and if you don’t get over it, you might get stuck like that.” Then they go on and tell a long ridiculous story about the second cousin of someone who actually did grimace all day and ….you get the idea.
So as the school year gears up for another semester, I won’t have as much time for writing and gardening and long rambling walks with the kids but such is life. I have the duty and joy to raise each of my kids to rise to their potential. I want them to be great citizens of this world and the world to come. May God will give me the strength and wisdom to do so.