How is homeschooling going?

My first two homeschooling students.  This is a Costa Rica recess!

My first two homeschooling students.

Every time I go on campus at the language school, a woman or two ask me this question.  Moms who used to homeschool in the States, moms who will need to homeschool when they get to their fields of service, moms who have a mortal dread of homeschooling.  So, I’ve thought about “how it’s going.” It’s going well.

Am I loving every minute of it?  No.  There are lots of these kinds of requests: “Please stay focused.  Please finish your work.  Please keep working.  I want you to be finished by the time this timer goes off.  Let’s look that up/ talk about that/ do that after this lesson.”  We need to work on the independent learning part of homeschooling.  There are lots of distractions.  And yes, I get frustrated at times.

However, the parts where I am actively teaching them something (English, history, and Spanish) are pretty fun.  Since we are all so interested in our own kids, it is fascinating to see how they learn and it’s thrilling to teach them something new or to see them understand for the first time how something works.

By God’s abundant grace, every single day something happens that makes me think, “See, this is why people love homeschooling.”  One day we took a rabbit trail and looked up the Dead Sea, one day David caught up on sleep that he needed, one day we were nomads wandering around the park looking for food.  These are things that couldn’t happen during traditional school and make the effort seem worthwhile.

Again, thanks to God’s grace, I am pretty content dropping out of the stimulating social and educational scene at school.  I know that this is because He wants me here at home with these two boys.  Here’s a sweet story that bears repeating:  the other day we were walking to the frutería during a between-subjects break.  As we walked by the school, you could hear that peculiar high-pitched cackling that is a gaggle of ladies together.  David said, “There’s a party at school!”  I looked at my watch and responded, “No, that’s just the beginning of ladies’ Bible study.  They are getting their snacks and chatting before they hear the speaker.”  David looked at the window, at the ground, then grabbed me round the waist.  “I’m sorry you’re not able to go anymore, Mom.”  I was able to tell him, honestly, that I was glad to be home with him and Peter.  God is full of goodness.

Allison’s Last Trimester – also a good family picture!

From left to right, Annie, Will, Peter, David, Allison, Sarah

From left to right, Annie, Will, Peter, David, Allison, Sarah

As a continuation of Sunday’s and yesterdays posts. . .  I, Allison, will not take regular classes, much as I loved them, for the next term.  I will continue to work on my Spanish with a tutor on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for an hour each session.  We are going to talk about hispanic culture and literature.  My tutor, Laura, is from Chile, and has a Master’s degree in Latin cultural studies or something like that, and so I am looking forward to her South American perspective.

Please pray for me to have patience and wisdom as I homeschool the kids.  Please pray that God will help me to continue to foster the friendships He has given me here even though I won’t be on campus as much.  Please pray for me to have understanding and unflagging support as Will may need more time for school with his new FARO route.  Please pray for me to embrace my role here at home and to relish the time I will have with the kids.  Please pray for me to learn how to have solitude when the kids are home all day.  Please pray for me to learn how to pray more.  Please pray for me to be humble. 

Thank you so much for your prayers.  I don’t know where we would be without them.

Thoughts from the online world.

I am learning Spanish, and I need all the help I can get.  This article explains how exercise appears to have a very positive affect on memory.  I think it might be time to start pounding the pavement as I learn the rules of subjunctive.  How Exercise May Help Memory – NYTimes.com.  Also, I looked up an old sermon for a friend and I was reminded of how it affected me the first time I heard it.  I listened to it 3 or 4 times the first week I received it as a gift from Reese and Jennifer Graves, who themselves are likely heading to the mission field soon with their 5 kids.  The title of the sermon describes the content very well.  It is worth your time, and it is better to listen to than to read.  Doing Missions When Dying is Gain.  As we started homeschooling David over the past two weeks, someone posted this article on Facebook or their blog.  I read it and I was encouraged that things will be OK as we start our new homeschooling season with our kids.  We have loved our kids schools and the friends they have made, but as we move to the Andes in Peru, we are going to do something different as we wait for the school in Curahuasi to be built.  18 Reasons Why Doctors and Lawyers Homeschool Their Children.  Finally the beauty of the Andes near Diospi Suyana Hospital from the Diospi Suyana website.