Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Homeschooling Adventure: The Reality of Teaching

Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.

Teaching/homeschooling is great (most times).  It's the organization in life that comes with rising early, staying on time, marking off your list of things to do today in class, that keeps my clock ticking (my feeling like things are going well with school 'clock' that is).  BUT, what do you do when the teacher is sick.  Hmmmm. 

As I've said before, we are now expecting our third child (seems wierd to hear myself say such things) and as I've anticipated, I am sick all the time.  Not throwing up constantly or anything like that.  It's like rotating sickness.  When one sickness subsides, another one in some other form takes over.  I may be sick to my stomach for a while, then I have a bad headache, then I have a sore throat, next I'm itchy all over (something I suffered with in my last pregnancy as well).  Well, it just wears you out and it's a guessing game as to which one(s) will happen today.  On a positive note, I have had some strangely 'no pain' days that have thrown me for a loop too.  I've relished in those days.  God must have just decided that I needed a break and simply passed one down to me.  I guess when Eve messed up, she really messed up bad, and well, now things are difficult for all of us women that 'bring' forth children.

So in saying all that, what to do when you are sick/pregnant???

So far, I've had to:
  1. Declare 'no school' for some days. 
  2. Delay school for a few hours.  We've simply started later in the day. 
  3. Bring in the Subs. Believe it or not, I do have substitute teachers that will come in at times and take care of school for me when I'm not feeling well, or even 'just because' to give me a little break.  Sweet.  There are definate blessings that come with living close to both parents and also when those parents love to be a part of our lives so much.  My hubby and I were designed to want/need our parents close by.  Don't get me wrong.  That does not mean our other siblings do not love our parents.  Actually, they love them just the same.  They just were designed a little different.  Like my sister for instance.  She was born with a travel bag on her shoulder and "independance" monogrammed on the bag.  She still needs our parents and their love, BUT distance doesn't bother her so much.  It would me, however.  Even when our parents go away on vacation, it bothers me until they get back home.  It would bother me even if I would not have seen them on the days that they would have been gone.  It's just knowing that they are away.  Funny how kids can be raised in the same home, but be so different.  Sorry for that rabbit trail.
So what is the verdict for today?  Headache = 2 hour delay in our school schedule.  I don't like doing it, but I do like that it is an option.

How do you handle home-life/homeschool-life when you are sick?

Thanks for reading. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Homeschooling Adventure - Rainy Bliss

Zechariah 10:1

Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; [so] the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.

Does the rain bring you peace or sorrow?  Me, it used to bring me sorrow.  I only relished in the sunny days.  In the last 5-10 years or so I've really changed my perspective on rainy days.  I just love them.  They are so peaceful.  I love to hear the rain pounding on my roof and if its not a monsoon, I like to open the windows to hear it more clearly. 

This morning we woke to soft thunder and RAIN.  I delcared, "Pajama Day", we put on some Christmas music, and I made a treat of warm milk with a spoon of honey for the girls during class (I put it in delicate tea cups and saucers).  They loved it.  I can tell they are enjoying the day too - slightly less bickering and as I am typing they are quietly playing together (rare).  We are, however, about to enter into the math zone, so we will see if the rain helps us there too.  : )

How do rainy days affect you?


Thanks for reading!