Sep 16, 2014

Homeschooling My Youngest

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Today, I started a curriculum and school routine with my almost three year old and another three year old. I have been teaching my son since birth but without resources. This is our first year using books and other resources. Our main focus is in math and beginning reading and writing skills.

I have a Montessori background so we will also do lessons loosely in a Montessori manner.  Outside of using books, the kids and I will do a lot of fun, hands on activities.

The books we are using are:

Mathematical Reasoning Beginning 1 from the Critical Thinking Co

All About Reading the Preschool level

Sep 15, 2014

Praise Report!‏

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I take my job as a tutor seriously. I have been  currently tutoring a young man for just over a year.  Progress reports came out last week and he has passed all of his courses that we have been working on. Not only has he passed his courses, but his grades show that he can pull out a B in several classes by time report cards come out. I truly have a heart for kids and it gives me much joy to see young children succeed in life!

Sep 12, 2014

Foodie Friday: Tastes Of Our Table

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Sep 11, 2014

My Son, The People Pleaser

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My son came home from his homeschool classes last week and told me a horrific story about his day.  He told me that a girl pulled a real knife out on him during recess and was pointing it towards his throat.  As you can imagine, I was pretty distraught about what happened to my son. But I soon found out that he was telling me a lie.
My son did not like the idea of me talking about the issue to his teacher, and he soon admitted to his lie.  I think his lie upset me more than his story did when I had believed it was true.  He said he told the lie because there are people at his homeschool location who do not like him and who are mean to him. 

My son is actually very popular and well liked among his teachers and peers, so it was upsetting to hear that he was hurt and upset just because a few people did not like him.
My son is very kind, polite, well mannered and thoughtful.  Almost every day I have teachers telling me over and over again how much they are amazed by his character. Also, when I drop him off at his classes it seems like everyone knows my son, and it's mostly because his character shines so brightly.
I was a people pleaser into my adulthood; actions turned me into someone who I did not like and was I not proud of it.  I was a very unhappy person because my focus was so much on pleasing everyone but myself.  I was a people pleaser because I wanted everyone to like me.  If someone did not like me, I did not feel good about myself. I felt like I was not good enough. I would allow how other people valued and thought about me be my personal image of myself.
Seeing this people pleaser quality in my son, I want to nip it in the bud before he gets as bad as I was. My husband and I explained to my son that no one in the world is liked by everyone. We live in a world where everyone does not like one another. We talked about Jesus and how he was a perfect person with no sin.  Yet, he was and still is hated by many.  He was so hated that they crucified him.

We showed my son how Jesus is a perfect example of how we should treat those who don't like us.  Jesus loved everyone, no matter if they liked him or not. Jesus also prayed for all those who hated him. People's feelings about Jesus did not stop him from living right and doing well toward all, even toward those who were his enemies.
We told our son to model after Jesus.  We explained to him about how great of a guy he is, and how those who do not like him are only missing out on a great friend. We shared that he should not place his value on himself based on if everyone one likes him or not. Instead he needs to set his value about himself by how much he obeys and honors God and His word.