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Monday, August 22, 2005

Homeschooling Musing of the Day

Evers took a day off today to help me look after the kids because we have three sick people in this household. So, Daddy got to homeschool Matthew for the first time. They reviewed the catechism first and then on to the phonics lessons. Only two minutes into the lesson, Matthew started wiggling and moving about. His exuberant energy could not be contained. I knew the rest of the lessons would be ineffective if they continued, so I suggested that Evers play a game with him. Matthew immediately took interest, and through this impromptu phonics game, he learned new letter sounds with lots of gusto. It certainly didn't feel like he was doing school. I sat there and watched them, amused. I just love homeschooling and the flexibility it provides for our family. With Matthew's high energy level, he is not the type to sit quietly in his chair and learn new lessons. We have to be creative to meet his needs. I'm just so thankful to the Lord for providing us the necessary means to homeschool.