I know, I know, this post is late again. I meant to write this earlier but, well, you know, life happens. Priorities come first. Anyway, here’s a brief rundown of the week and day that was, plus my thoughts and lessons learned from them: Life is precious. (More on that later.) Once again, I’m linking up to Conversion Diary and Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.
This is a bit embarrassing to admit but Monday to Friday flew by without me taking much note of what we did for “formal” homeschool time. I had a lot of deadlines to meet last week and, by God’s grace, was able to meet them. There were days when Tim did less schoolwork than he usually does but I
am hoping with all my might know we can make up for “lost time” on other days.
Times like these I find consolation in the fact that I am not alone in trying to find that “balance” between working at home and homeschooling. (Blessie is usually one of those moms whom I “talk” to virtually during busy weeks such as these. 😀 We relate to each other on so many levels!)
One noteworthy thing about last week: Tim’s learning about the different kinds of sentences: declarative, imperative, exclamatory and interrogative. It brought me back to my secondary school days in Brunei, when I first discovered that I loved writing essays. Actually, I don’t recall anymore when I learned what the difference between a declarative and imperative sentence is and am sort of amazed that this is considered first grade material! So as to make things simpler, I’m teaching Tim to know what statements, questions, commands and exclamations are and “connecting” them to the “big” words (declarative, etcetera etcetera). We’re using Brain Quest‘s Grade 2 workbook for this.
Actually, Tim prefers this workbook because “the lessons are so much shorter!” I usually have him do a few pages for Language Arts and Math here when I have deadlines to meet. I also let the kids play a lot with their blocks and other toys, do some activities with our Grolier materials (pictured above with my low-tech, low-res phone, sorry!), and watch (for a limited amount of time) videos, usually Veggie Tales. Lately though, they ask for Octonauts, saying that it’s part of their “science lessons” because they learn about new animals. Hmmm…. whatever works, I guess?!
One MAJOR highlight last week, which I was totally not prepared for: Baby Anne — exactly one day before she turned nine months old — showed us that she can stand independently already, i.e. without holding onto anything (pull to stand is what we used to say when I was still a PT intern, eons ago! Ha, ha!). And she can stand for more than five seconds! Pretty soon, she’ll be walking. *sighs*
Another awesome blessing last week: one of my posts for CatholicMom.com was mentioned in the National Catholic Register! The joy of receiving this news though was dampened somewhat because one of my nieces got sick (measles!!!) and was admitted to the hospital, and my grandfather was diagnosed with cancer. But, like I said in another post, God has a purpose for our storms, right? I only hope and pray that our family will come out of these storms stronger and closer to one another. (I pray the same for YOU, too, and your loved ones!)
Going back to homeschooling, I still believe that if you can do just one thing with your kids, it’s this: READ ALOUD to them. That’s why even on busy days, I still try to protect our read-aloud time. I fail miserably sometimes but I do my best to make up for it. We had a great read-aloud last week about Mary, and I was SO struck by these lines:
“She is a puzzle, your Mary — strong without being willful, determined without being stubborn. It is good that we begin to educate her early — but perhaps, with such a strong spirit, it will be Mary who educates us.” — Young Mary of Nazareth by Marianna Mayer
Speaking of reading, I’m going to see if Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Lessons is more of a “fit” with Rysse, compared to Sing, Spell, Read, Write. (Though I LOVE that program too!) Right now, Rysse is learning her phonograms through read-alouds (a bit of them), and Starfall (a lot of them ;)). Hey, if it worked for Tim when he was a preschooler, it will probably work for Rysse too! So far, so good! She does a bit of Starfall after she’s done some letter identification or writing practice with me.
Last week was also the week March for Life happened in the U.S. Here in the Philippines, we pro-lifers found ourselves speaking out against the 7th Asia Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health Rights which, ironically, was held at the PICC. The PICC is also where the biggest FEAST gatherings happen on a weekly basis. As a mother of three young children, I’m not in the position to attend pro-life rallies yet so I just did my “protesting” online. If you want to, you can read my post here for more details. I truly believe that human life is sacred in all forms, from conception to natural death.
Speaking of life as being sacred, well, something happened yesterday (Monday) that reminded me again about how life is also precious. Oh so precious.
I was on my way to pick up a check, after which I was going to meet my writers for Mustard, when the accident happened. I usually bring Anne along wherever I go because it’s hard to leave her with someone else, even extended family, because she’s in a separation anxiety phase. I was so shaken up by the accident! I went a bit hysterical, I think, after I hit my head on the front passenger seat. Anne was crying, too, but I think she was more surprised and scared (by my crying) than hurt. I still tear up when I think about it. What if something had happened to Anne? I would probably never forgive myself! Thank God for His protection indeed!
So yes, dear friends, LIFE IS PRECIOUS. Life’s too short, too, as they say, so let’s make the most of our lives living out God’s call for us. Praying for a great (rest of the) week ahead for all of us! God bless you! 🙂