When Jonathan went to Heaven on January 24th, we had just started school again from Christmas break. We had also just joined a charter school that I was really excited about. In the days and weeks after his death all I could think was that I will not be able to stay in the school and make it through the rest of this year. When it came time for our appointment with the teacher one month later, I called and told her I did not think I could stay in the school. She was very sweet and gracious and encouraged me to go ahead with the meeting and make my mind up after that. Well I am so glad I stuck with it. Knowing she is coming to check our work has kept me accountable in a time I really did not want to do anything.
One of the first blogs I found was Raising Arrows. She has a free mp3 about homeschooling in crisis, I was so blessed to listen to her encouragement, which was basically do not beat yourself up! Be gentle with yourself, the Lord will fill in the gaps. (I highly recommend listing to this, even if you do not home school you will be blessed). So that is what I have tried to do. When I am having a really sad/bad day I just rest in knowing that tomorrow will be better and we can make up work then.
Well another really hard aspect of this year is Jadon being behind in reading. My son Jimmy had a really complicated time learning to read, and it was difficult on all of us. For Jesse reading came easy and quickly. To watch Jadon struggle is so frustrating to me. My Charter school teacher thought some fresh curriculum would be a good idea. We have always used Abecka and it is really wonderful. However I was just pushing Jadon through the motions, he was not really comprehending it. So we put the 1st grade Abeka reading away until we master some more basic reading skills.
The new items we got ....Alpha phonics, lots of flash cards for sight words, A sight word journal, Bob books, some fun learning games, very silly sentences and sight word bingo. He also loves reading eggs, online. We do not have video games at our house so it is like a computer video game for reading. Well Jadon has really had some reading breakthrough, I know he is not caught up completely but now he really likes reading. Bob books are so encouraging and build so much confidence in his reading ability. Little Jimmy is now an outstanding reader and always has a book in his hands. I am so thankful for that testimony because I know that Jadon will "get it" eventually. He is always looking at books, making up stories, and pretending to read to his sister.
There are defiantly aspect's of homeschooling that are hard, especially in a trial. However, for us, the benefit's far out weighs the hard times. One amazing example is last year when my Father-in-love was really sick with cancer we were able to go over and spend the night whenever we wanted. We would just take our books along. My kids were so thankful for all that "PAPA" time, and it was possible because we home schooled.
Today is the National Day of Prayer, please remember to Pray for our country! We will be on the front steps of City Hall at 7am to pray with other Pastor's and leader's in our community.
Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”