Thursday, October 2

Titanic Station

Daniel did this blog while he was still in school.
The year was (correction) 2,008.....
I always tried to use things
the kids were already interested in to
help them learn other things.
He loved the read about the Titanic....
I had him do this for English.
My way of home-schooling may have
had  a slap-happy look to it,
but there was a reason for everything I did.
That is, after I learned that
*busy* work is useless.
If your kid knows how to print all the letters and
numbers, why have them keep doing it over
and over and over?
Busy work is for a class full of kids
that the teacher can't pay attention to.....
so she has ALL 47 of the kids
do repetitious things.
Not needed at home.
Do this.
OK, you got it.
Move on to something else.
I wanted my kids to be able to communicate on paper,
and in person.
That was my goal.
Write a letter, a poem, a song, a thought,
 a message.
This meant they needed to be able to read well,
understand English/Grammar,
have a decent handwriting,
(ok, some failure here)
and be able to put their thoughts
down in some sort of interesting way.
(Who doesn't like to get a letter?
A REAL letter? My mom, even in bad
health, still writes and sends me cards.
Just sayin......)
I also wanted them to be able to communicate
their thoughts and what they
learned, IN person.
That's why I taught them Bible.
And history.....and to read in general.
I wanted my kids to be able to have a conversation
with somebody ...... and that somebody
not walk off shaking their head
smirking about how silly it is
to home-school.
I also wanted my kids to be able to
have fun answering questions
when we watched
Most important,
I wanted them to be able to share the gospel
with those they came in contact with. 
The more comfortable you are with a subject,
the more likely you are to feel
comfortable sharing it with somebody else.
And it IS the most important thing in the world.
Acts 1:8 - But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Romans 1:16 - For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.


Leslie Berridge said...

And your children will rise up and call you blessed.......all your Childtens! Love this!

Rebecca said...

Sounds like you made their learning interesting and fun....

Michele McEntire said...

I LOVED finding books for each kid. Was a fun time in my life.