I view the home education of my children as a lifestyle choice. It is not a job that I hold Monday- Friday between the hours of 8am and 4pm and it is certainly not something I can turn on and off, like a switch.
I am both mother and teacher, always. There is no time that I cease being mother to become teacher or vice versa. Like motherhood, homeschooling is really 24/7 and it is fully integrated into our lives. We are truly cultivating a lifestyle of learning.
I find homeschooling my children to be both wonderful and challenging and sometimes, it is wonderfully challenging.
It is filled with rewards and splashed with moments of feeling unqualified, discouraged, and even unappreciated.
I believe that if we are to truly to embrace the home education of our children, we cannot simply limit ourselves to the traditional subjects. Nor, should we feel a need to separate the subjects from one another.
My goal as a mother has always been to prepare my children for a life outside of our home. Of course I want to prepare them in practical ways, but I also want to prepare them spiritually. And if I can spare them some of my mistakes along the way, well, what mother wouldn’t want to do that?
Gratitude is a spiritual lesson that is closely connected with contentment. If you can be truly content with whatever you have, that is a blessing. Think of all the dangers and temptations that are born out of discontent, is that not reason enough to focus on cultivating an attitude of gratitude?
This week I started a gratitude journal with the boys (first grade). Research has proven that showing daily gratitude can increase your happiness and change your life! Why wouldn’t I want that for my children? Of all the lessons I must teach them in life, I believe this is one of the most important lessons they must learn at an early age.
I am striving to teach them to look at their world with eyes of gratitude. I do not correct what they are thankful for and I certainly do not tell them what they should be grateful for. Instead they know that must complete 1 page each day, every day.
When I record our time spent on our gratitude journals, using typical school subjects, it fits the bill for Language arts: writing and handwriting. It may even be loosely described as art, because they illustrate the words in their journal.
However, at the heart of it, it is so much more. And I am grateful for that.
– Teacher Mom
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