I love having my children home. I like being with them. I like teaching them. Everyday, I sit back and am so thankful that I get to live THIS life. I love watching them learn. I love field trips. I love being able to take them to do community service. I love not having to get up and rush all morning. I love not having homework all night. I love that I get to learn all sorts of things I missed (or was never taught) in school. For instance, did you know Napoleon divorced his first wife, whom he claimed to have loved dearly, because she did not give him a son…or any child for that matter? I gotta tell ya… my first thought was that guy was such a slime ball. My second thought was…hmmm, his sweet Josephine came to the marriage WITH children and never did have any with the little man. Then this second woman all of the sudden pops up pregnant right away. Seems suspicious to me…I’m just sayin’. Am I the only one who questions whether old Napoleon’s heir was REALLY his?
Seriously, I never have any second thoughts about this decision because I want a break from my children. I DO have all kinds of second thoughts because I doubt my ability to do this. Then I remember that God called me to this and He will equip me to this.
Last year I tried to do some schooling with William and it quickly became apparent he had some major catching up to do in a bunch of areas before he would even be close to ready for school. So we laid low. Learned English, how to fit in a family, and really worked on our motor skills. Sang songs, colored, and watched some good videos. I spent the summer panicking over how I was going to teach five children which includes a high schooler and two kindergartners. Although Marissa is still four, she is ready, so were doing it. Two weeks in and once again, I find that things are much bigger problems in my mind than they are in real life. All is well and going swimmingly.
Speaking of happiness. I hauled out my bargain Cricut and cut out a bunch of letters, shapes, and numbers from card stock. Then I added some felt to the back of them, made myself a felt board, and sat back and called it very good.
I love this. We have found all kinds of fun ways to learn with this. William and Marissa LOVE it. I mainly made it for William as he clearly is a very hands on learner. I figure it will grow with them too, as after they learn all the letters and sounds, they will be able to spell words on it too.
Yep, I heart felt.