We ‘officially opened’ our Cool School Homeschool this year and had our first day today with our one K5 student and one day care student. Then there’s mommy and daddy who are also students of life and for life. So together, we embarked on this journey to homeschool the family. 😀
It was fun and not that messy as I thought it would be. This is a learning experience for us as a family. There’s definitely a lot of room for improvement. Although I went to school to be trained as an educator/teacher and have about 5 years of classroom experience, I find myself clueless when it comes to homeschooling. With the help of the internet, I equipped myself with information, read blogs, joined forums, looked for recommendations from individuals who have done it for years and prayed hard. I am inspired. That ‘feeling inspired” is the one thing that keeps me determined that I will be able to teach and impart knowledge to my children in a manner that would benefit them and others around them. My kindergartner insists that she only wants me to be her teacher. That is an honor and a great challenge at the same time. I want my children to learn and develop values not just in our home but also outside of home. How is it possible? Only time will tell. All I know for now is that we will make sure to give them varied opportunities where they would be able to practice what they learn.
Perhaps, this is yet the biggest challenge I will have gotten myself into and the most important investment I could give to my children. It is my prayer that they will continue to have a thirst for learning and that we will reap positive results by the end of this year. I love this quote of EG White about True Education:
Our ideas of education take too narrow and too low a range. There is need of a broader scope, a higher aim. True education means more than the pursual of a certain course of study. It means more than a preparation for the life that now is. It has to do with the whole being, and with the whole period of existence possible to man. It is the harmonious development of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual powers. It prepares the student for the joy of service in this world and for the higher joy of wider service in the world to come.
The source of such an education is brought to view in these words of Holy Writ, pointing to the Infinite One: In Him “are hid all the treasures of wisdom.”
Together, we learn as a family. Together, we grow. We are determined to make it through this school year together — hopefully with all our sanity intact. God is the source of all wisdom — and also the source of our strength. Therefore, we shall not want.