I just read an article about an upcoming court case in New Hampshire (Supreme Court). It involves a young homeschooled girl who is charged with "vigorously defending her Christian beliefs." She has been ordered to enter public school so "her religious views ...be mixed with other views." The catcher is...one parent (the father) is the one pressing charges! The mother is defending her daughter and appealing the judge's order on an appeal.
One of the many reasons I choose to homeschool my son is for religious beliefs. I'm not a religious fanatic or anything, but I do want my child to grow up knowing who and what God is. Public school is absolutely NOT an option for us. I won't go into other reasons in depth here as to why we choose to homeschool (superior academics, quality time, no violence...) but it infuriates me to think what this family is going through. Parents have the duty to instruct their children. In fact, a lot of families out there DO leave it to the schools and even churches to educate their children. Biblically, that is not sound! Parents, it is OUR responsibility to educate our children with morals, values and religion.
As opposed to 1990, there are now over 2 million children who are being homeschooled in the United States. Soon, there will be more when those who grew up in the 90's begin to homeschool their own. Doesn't this tell us something?
I am not advocating for everyone to homeschool. It is a choice, just like everything else is. I know what my family has chosen and we are lucky enough to be able to afford to do. What I am advocating is to not send someone to court for their beliefs! Ugg! The government frustrates me sometimes. Don't they have more important things they should be putting people on trial for?
It's Mario Time! Oh Yeah!Today (Jan. 6, 2011) we are in week 19 of homeschooling. We are still having a BLAST! Kameron had to write a story from a picture story starter today and I want to share what he came up with. Let me preface this story with the fact that we've just celebrated New Year's and for Christmas Kameron got a Wii and the game New Super Mario Brothers, with which he's OBSESSED!! The picture was of a group of boys at night on a beach dancing around a campfire. Here's the story he came up with:
Oh Yeah! It's Mario Time
One warm, windy night the boys are having a Fiesta. A Mario Fiesta! They are at the beach and they have a big tent and a big fire beside it. And they are dancing around the fire. They dress up like Mario, Luigi and all of the Toads. They do the New Super Mario Brothers dance and sing.
"Mario, Mario! It's New Super Mario Brothers! Oh Yeah!
Play with New Super Mario Brothers. All the Toads are
singing and singing. Oh Yeah! They are singing and singing. Oh Yeah!
Sing and dance with Mario!
Play with Mario every day!
Play with Mario every day!
Play with Mario every day!
One day there was a storm. Somebody transforms Mario into
the New Super Mario. Oh Yeah!"
When they finish dancing, they go into their tent. They sleep and once they wake up it's sparkler time. Then they just do the sparklers.
And, for your viewing enjoyment...pictures, illustrated by Kam, to go along with the story :0)
I'm Not Waiting on Superman
In September a documentary was released entitled Waiting On Superman in which the public school system in America is explored. Saving a school bus full of children from immediate danger, Superman rushes onto the scene with grace and ease. These school children are not in danger of being involved in a bus crash. What danger they are involved in can be viewed by looking at the public school system under a magnifying glass. If you look closely, you can't help but notice the most tragic way the education system is failing children today. Don't believe me...look at this:
The Washington Post recently reported: "U.S. 15-year-olds trailed their peers from many industrialized countries. The average science score of U.S. students lagged behind those in 16 of 30 countries...The U.S. students were further behind in math, trailing counterparts in 23 countries." I could go on and on with statistics that continue to confirm this fact, but most of you already know this because of opinions you have formed for yourself based on experience and things you've read or heard. With all of the technology and advancements we've made in America, why do you suppose our school systems have been neglected? The No Child Left Behind act instituted several years ago has in fact become nothing short of something to snicker about. So what if your class has a smartboard in it? If the teacher who is in charge of the class is nothing more than a tenured teacher drawing a paycheck who can't even speak proper English him or herself...how is a smartboard going to help the innocent students who deserve a proper education?
Putting education itself aside for a moment, let's focus on social experience in America's public school system. Did you know that a congressional report released in 2007 estimated that about 1 out of 10 kids "are subject to sexual misconduct by an employee of a school sometime between kindergarten and 12th grade...and many abusers have several victims"? Also, reports show that bullying is on a rapid rise as well. The majority of children face some sort of bullying...it cannot be escaped! In fact, "54 percent [of students] were harassed verbally and 51 percent socially (excluded or ostracized)" according to a report from 2005.
What is the answer? According to Waiting for Superman it is "changes" the school system needs to make (smaller class sizes, new technology, longer school days...). According to me it is private education, better yet, homeschooling. I know everyone cannot afford private education, and some say they can't afford to home school either because it would require one parent to stay home instead of producing an income. I say...where there is a Will...there is a Way! It is our children we are neglecting in order to acquire STUFF! Who needs stuff? Our children's education, socialization and well-being are at stake here. We have been given children as gifts from God...not to ignore and hand to someone else for mistreatment.
Soon a counter documentary will be coming out entitled Indoctrination: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America. It will be released early in 2011. I would encourage you to watch this and Superman in order to be well informed. Indoctrination will explore homeschooling and lay out biblically what it says about educating our children and our responsibilities as parents.
I'll leave with one more startling statistic. A 20-year study that involved about 60,000 students who come from Christian families showed that, " [nearly 9 out of 10] youth...attending...public schools...[once they get to college] are consistently abandoning the Christian worldview in favor of the humanist/socialist worldview." This means they are rejecting the God they grew up knowing and hearing about after being indoctrinated by secular college professors. On the flip side of this, less than 4 percent of homeschooled youth disown their faith by their first year of college. If nothing else, those numbers right there solidify in my mind what I need to do. Yes, it is about the education here on earth, but more than that, my biggest desire for my son is where he will spend eternity.
You can wait on Superman if you want. I'm going to take matters in to my own quite capable hands.
Home With Daddy
Kevin was lucky enough to be able to take two days off work last week. We thought we were going to be going camping, but sadly, it didn't work out that way. Instead, it turned into a blessing because Kevin got to be with Kameron and me for two days of home schooling! It was very enjoyable for me to see the two of them together...and needless to say, Kameron was his daddy's biggest fan!First came our Science experiment. Kevin and Kameron both got into this as we learned all about air resistance by making a parachute. Here are the two of them making their very own parachute to test out Kam's hypothesis!Kevin was so into this experiment! He lifted Kam high into the air and let the chute drop to the ground. Kameron wanted to do it over and over again!This is Kameron in the maple tree right outside our house. We stopped to take pictures of the beautiful leaves before they fall off. We are on our way to an adventure in the woods and the pumpkin patch to pick out our family pumpkin. Did I mention that we were so glad to have Kevin home with us these two days??
For our first year of home schooling, we are using Sonlight Curriculum. Below are pictures from our "Box Day" - the day our wonderful boxes of curriculum arrived.
Well, here I am beginning a journey of my Little Slice of Heaven. Everyone has their own ideal of what is pleasurable to them. For me, it is getting to become a home school mom. I will get to start in August of 2010 with my Heavenly journey! I am thankful that the Lord has given me and my family the ability to do this. I thought that I'd blog about it along the way so that family, friends and anyone else who cares can keep up if they'd like.
A little background...my son will be in K5 next year. I have a B.S. in Secondary English Education, so I'm excited to be using Sonlight curriculum. (You can find a link to it at the top right-hand corner of my blog). Sonlight is a literature based curriculum.
In the Beginning
I am currently still working full-time as an administrative secretary at Columbus State University, but next Friday will be my last day. My husband works as a teacher at Calvary Christian School in Columbus, GA. He is also the Associate Pastor of CrossPointe Church of the Nazarene and I'm the Children's Ministries Coordinator there as well.
Sometimes you don't appreciate things until you don't have them any more. Working full-time has made me miss the quality time I used to spend with my son. We adopted him when he was three months old...but that is another story for another day! When I was home with him before, I took for granted the time I got to spend with him and on household chores. Now that there seems to be no time to do anything, I think I'll take a whole different approach in August when I get a second chance to start again being an at-home mom.
Here's to new beginnings!
So...every good dog owner has to brag a little about their dog! We've been trying to decide for some time if we should get one. Now that we've decided to home school, we thought this would be the perfect time to get a puppy! I happened to be at a Mom's Night Out meeting with some of the mom's who are a part of the LIGHT home school organization when I met someone whose dog had just had puppies! She told me about the breed - Llewellyn Setter - and offered us one if we did research and decided it was a breed we would be interested in. They are bird dogs with lots of energy, but they love family and children. Sounded like something we were interested in.
Last night we picked her up...and she has already altered our lives (to say the least). She is adorable! She is eight weeks old and pretty demanding right now. I feel like I have a new baby at home :0) I didn't get a lot of sleep last night and we have church today, but I know it will be worth it. So...this page is devoted to Keely! I'm going to post pictures and information about our newest family member. (For anyone who is interested!)
By the way, Kameron loves her! I'm excited that she is going to offer him companionship. Since he is an only child, I feel he needs a playmate...and Keely seems up for the job!
|Keely with her new toy.|
|What a Pretty Girl!|