Here's Becky reviewing and building some addition facts with Katie. Laura's watching Mr. Demme teach her how to find the area of a triangle. Lily is sound asleep in math class today.
We've been back to school for a week and a day now, and I haven't been posting anything at all about this year's educational goals.
For the first time in my homeschooling journey, I was burnt out. And that was during the first week! The girls were doing their work in a reasonably cheerful and obedient manner, but I had a sudden feeling of trepidation that there is no way I have the time or the ability to educate all three, especially now that they're getting to the higher levels.
I had to go back to the very beginning of why we homeschool. Here are a few of the reasons, which we also shared with our friendly neighborhood school board when they wanted to know why we educate at home:
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
Psalm 78:1-4 “Give ear, O my people, to my law; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, which we have heard and heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and His strength and His wonderful works which He has done.”
Hebrews 2:13, “Here am I and the children whom God has given me.”
Psalm 1:1-2 “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.”
Am I performing my duties as mother and teacher at this level of perfection? No way! But going back to the written testimony of why we do what we do sure made me want to do a better job than I'm doing now. And far from discouraging me about my obvious shortcomings, I felt encouraged by the Scripture to trust in a sovereign God who is more than capable of helping us learn Chemistry.