My big brother lives on one of the largest cattle ranches in the country and while we were visiting last summer Cam would just stare out the window for hours, completely entertained and content to watch the cows.
I found myself wishing for a view of a few cow fields this fall. Homeschooling the big kids with a toddler trying to get your attention can sometimes be overwhelming and just enough of a distraction for the students to de-rail your school day....
We found the perfect solution... THANK YOU YouTube!!
Maybe now we can get some schoolwork done today! JJ
Let me tell you a secret kids, people you meet throughout your life are going to me mean to you. Unfortunately, probably more often then not. There will be people that take advantage of you, or don't value the work you do, or don't see you for the amazing, talented people that you are. But want to know another secret? One that is even better? It doesn't matter how other people treat you or see you. What is most important is how you treat others and how you see yourself. If you are nice to yourself and see the amazing person that is you then you will be free to see the incredible value of others then you will naturally be nice to everyone.
Each one of these things I say in our home on a daily basis, and while you might hear it as nagging now I want you to see the big picture someday. I am constantly telling Ethan to be aware of his actions. His autism makes it easy to ignore the rest of the world but it's the rest of the world that colors your life buddy.... let them in. See how they impact you and impact others for good also. Ethan, you are also ALWAYS giving compliments . Owen too actually. You buys are tender hearts and always trying to cheer up others around you with your compliments... keep it up. Lorali is the on that always seems to root for the underdog in this house. She can be found holding the hand of the slowest member of the family. Lorali you see the struggles of others and try to help them through their trials, please don't ever lose that. I see you kids playing together and lately, arguing with eachother a lot.
I want you to see how amazing each of you are individually and become eachothers best friends. You're going to go through life together and the sooner you realize that you're all on the same size the easier and the happier you will all be. Once you're able to see, accept and love your own family for all that they are then you'll be able to ssee others that way too, you'll be the person that is kind and charitable and understanding and non-judgemental . You'll be all these things naturally without even thinking about it because you will see people as Christ sees them. You'll see them the way I see you. Full of knowledge, and growth and love. Talented and hardworking. Learning and growing and trying to figure out the world, one day at a time. You'll see that people make mistakes but you will also see what they are learning as they do. Help them to learn something possitive. Help them to see the possitive in the world by treating them that way with kindess and love.
I know you all have it in you. Please don't forget who you are.
Love always and eternally, MOM
**Inspired by an article I read last week on KSL.**
This year sure looks different then previous years but.... we wouldn't have it any other way. Let me introduce our 'students' this year. We have two 4th graders this year, Ethan and Lorali. Ethan lives for Legos and has recently discovered computer games, the current favorite? Star Wars Old Republic. Ethan's reading level has improved 3 grade levels since we started homeschooling last winter so this is the first year he is COMPLETELY on grade level and I'm looking forward ot building his confidence with that. Lorali is our bookworm, she loves to read, loves art, dance and all things creative. She dives into every subject full force... well, except Math... she hates math. We have one Kindergartener, Owen who loves to learn, color and most of all he loves to annoy his big brother. So it's going to add to the choas. but He also loves to please you and will do anything to get a smile on your face so I think giving him a chance to discover himself is going to make this year so much fun for me to watch him grow. Then there is our little one, our 'toddler' Cameron. While his goals for this year are small (colors, animal sounds, shapes) he's still an important distraction part of our classroom. He's into everything and he thinks he is just as big as the others.
Last year when we decided to homeschool, we pushed really Lorali to raise her up from 3rd to 4th grade level and Ethan's has always been a grade level behind his peers in MOST subjects because of his Autism. Adding the dynamic of Owen (who was in full-time Pre-K last year) and Cameron (who was immobile last year) is going to keep this teacher on her toes BUT I'm excited to watch them discover the world around them and learn soo much.
Considering the first week of school snuck up on us quickly this year (read; some of our curriculum hasn't arrived in the mail yet) the first day went amazingly well! I'll keep my fingers crossed that the rest of the week goes as smoothly as today did. I made sure to have little surprises and new supplies for them at their new desks, I made sure to explain the schedule and 'school rules' and how in our Library the rules are different, then we dove right into Handwriting without Tears and Science complete with a game, creative reading and the year's first experiment. It was a success.
This new world of Homeschooling is tricky but I am thankful everyday for the chance to do it. Oh before I forget, quick reminder to other homeschooling parents, be sure to file your Georgia Declaration of Intent ASAP. (NEW LAW THIS YEAR; this needs to be in by Sept. 1st or within 30 days of starting your program) It's easy and only takes about 3 mins.
Thanks for stopping by, I'm off to bed early tonight in hopes of having a little more energy tomorrow.
Sometimes I wish I could stop time. yes, I have those moments where I want to scream and fast-forward through the crap but this summer has most been made of moments I wish I could make last forever. I love the stages my kids are in right now, I love the way they're becoming actual friends now, I love watching them get excited for each other or go to each other to cheer them up. It's magical I tell ya! Ethan is really into reading history books for fun. Owen is all about Cameron and teaching him as much as he can. Lorali is becoming a creative, artistic, drama, dance chick that is adorable and Cameron is into everything and convinced he can do anything he sees his bigs doing, ANYTHING... It's scary... and it's adorable.... and completely exhausting. Husbandface found ourselves up at 1am last night just talking about the kids, sharing with each other the fun amazing things that they each did or something that they did that made us laugh. We talked about what traits of ours we see in the kids and how fun it is to just be parents. Stripping away the stress of day-to-day life, pulling out the daily grind of work and home maintenance and parenting... it's not always glamorous and fun and most of the time is crazy hard work but really, if you focus on just that? It's so much fun!!! I am positive we will have the cry-yourself-to-sleep parenting moments again, or the ride and hide from you kids stage will come back but for now? We're going to try to enjoy our lives the way they are right now.
I hate sounding like a broken record but, homeschooling has changed our lives more dramatically then any of us would ever have thought. Yes, we've had to make sacrifices but the rewards have been so great that we barely miss it. This is better for our family then the public school they were in and It's better then the private school Ethan was in. It is by far the best way to educate OUR kids.
I really wish it hadn't taken us this long to realize it.