They’re in every home across America. They’re in your neighborhood right now. You can’t escape them because they’re just like you! Can you believe it? Every family has gotten a taste of Homeschooling. Everyone has walked a mile in your shoes. It’s unprecedented. Now all the public and private schooled families will finally understand you. They’ll hopefully give you a little more grace and be a little more welcoming to your children.
Homeschooling is not for the faint-hearted, but ’tis the season to instantly without warning become the thing that no one thought would be possible – to be like everyone
around you, a Homeschool Parent because everyone else is doing it; because there’s no other choice. All the households with children on your street are experiencing it. It’s all relatively the same thing because no one can go to a brick and mortar building for school at this time. They’re all empty.
You thought it would never happen – that glorious day when practically everyone homeschools. Some families already know what to do though; that’s you. You’re the expert and now’s the time to share your knowledge like Caleb Harris of Pflugerville did. He had the privilege of getting an article in the Austin American Statesman, “Daddy Days: Some tips for homeschooling during the coronavirus.” What are your recommendations?
Tomorrow best friends Alexandra Garcia and Joshua Germenis, two former English 5 students, exchange their vows. Bless you both for your commitment to the LORD and His plan for marriage. To your peers, you are an example; to us moms, you are our hope.
The only thing better than a homeschool graduation is a homeschool wedding. For those just starting their homeschool journey, these should be attended as often as possible. For us moms already in the trenches, these are nothing less than a kiss on the cheek from Jesus Himself.
For the uninitiated, however, these events are bound to be odd. It would certainly be helpful to know what you are getting into ahead of time, so you can mentally prepare. Without any further ado, you might be at a homeschool wedding if:
The decorations, while elegant and thoughtful, are always homemade. Envision an assembly line of moms and…
Have you ever been to the Austin Rodeo? Did any of you brave the cold to attend the Cowboy Breakfast this morning?
It’s full of events to fit everyone’s style: music, contests, ranch animals galore, not to mention the good ol’ hometown carnival an’ cookin’! This year it’ll be March 14-28, 2015 at the Travis County Expo Center, 9100 Decker Lake Road, Austin, TX 78724. It’s even gonna be on t.v., well, YouTube that is, on “RA TV” – Rodeo Austin TV, so you don’t have to miss a thing. There are videos there to check out from last too.
Since we’re in the Live Music Capital of the World, let’s start with the Live Music, in order of appearance. Austin Rodeo will have main stage performances by:
Willie Nelson & Family, Dwight Yoakam, Eli Young Band, Panic!At the Disco, The Beach Boys, Randy Rogers Band, Joe Nichols, Turnpike Troubadours, Lorrie Morgan & Pam Tillis, Tyler Farr, Boyz II Men, Sublime with Rome, Martina McBride, Lee Brice, and Kevin Fowler.
Many articles are out there on the benefits of playing as a way to learn. One website, the Alliance for Childhood, lists several researchers, articles, videos, and even conferences, all encouraging young children to play, and in many cases, to play more. Even people from several countries agree.; Wales and Brussels in particular are mentioned on the AC website.
We recently spoke with a soon-to-be Texas public school teacher and mother of school children who told us that their school district is taking a field trip to the Netherlands to explore this very notion. It appears that the Netherlands are now the top-ranking country in the world for best-performing students. Their explanation – they incorporate plenty of playtime at school. In the lower grade levels, students play between every subject. In fact, the go outside to play, getting the added benefits of fresh air and sunshine.
Sound familiar, Baby Boomers? This adage was once common in America too, but somehow lost its appeal. Unfortunately that lack of plenty of fresh air and sunshine, combined with a lots of play, is one of the factors that has led to the current demise of the American educational system.
What’s YOUR take on this? What do you know about the amount of time spent playing vs. “in the books”?