Oh dear, my reading friends. My apologies! I come to you today with an enlightened mind. Lesson learned: one should never write with a fuzzy, sleep-deprived brain!
I took the time to re-read my first few Homeschooling A-Z posts and realized that when I wrote the first “E is for …” article, I was struggling through some cotton-headed days and it really wasn’t my best writing. For your reading pleasure, I’ve decided to take another stab at the letter E. If this one isn’t any better then I can’t blame you if you give up on reading my gibberish.
Let’s give this a try, ok?
Did you know that E is for … elephants?
After having already raised two kids to adulthood in a two-story house, you’d think I wouldn’t be surprised at how the sound of growing kids ascending or descending stairs sounds like a herd of stampeding elephants! You’d think I would consider that before choosing to homeschool my younger two. Really, choosing to homeschool is essentially choosing to have your kids in your house with you every second of every day (when you’re not locked in the minivan with them, or sitting at their piano lessons/karate classes/etc). Who in their right mind chooses to homeschool a pack of elephants in a two story house?!? (And I only have two! Kids, not elephants.) Yes, my ears, and my head, and even my body (because my bedroom is right beside the stairs, with my bed on the wall they are vibrating) are all reminded on a daily basis that E is for elephants. And I can’t be the only one whose bathroom after bathtime looks like an elephant enjoyed a nice shower in there! *Side note: my adult daughter now apologizes every time she’s here witnessing their thud-bumping method of “walking” up or down the stairs.
In my house, E is also for … envelopes, and everywhere. In Ohio, I don’t have to show proof of absolutely every little thing my kids have done or learned each day, so we use scrap paper for a lot of our schoolwork. And since I’m a disorganized mess with paper piles everywhere, it’s always easy to reach out and grab a piece of junk mail and use the back of the envelope to illustrate a math concept we’re trying to master, or to show how to spell a word for their writing assignment. P is for paper piles, everywhere, but the “letter P” will have to be another day. Just remember, they are everywhere! On the plus side, that’s one school supply I will never run out of or have to budget for.
Here’s a good one: E is for … endurance.
Nothing says endurance like a marathon, right? And nothing takes endurance like making the commitment to homeschool for the marathon-length of “the long haul.” This is why it’s important to remember that our kids don’t have to learn everything there is to learn within the first few years. We must be patient about the speed with which we present content. Yes, we as parents might get bored when we have to reteach, rinse, and repeat concepts our children are having a difficult time mastering, but if we can endure the process with concentrated patience, we, too, can enjoy the exhilaration of crossing that marathon finish line when we pack them off to adulthood and let them run the race themselves!
Finally, E is for … elbow!
On the grocery list = elbow macaroni. A pantry staple worth the cost. Easy meals at your fingertips.
On the school supply list = elbows. A free resource. Easy to find (read: hard to lose in the paper piles). A perfect example of the right angle and a great subject for creative writing. Go ahead and give the kids that topic as a writing prompt and watch what happens. (If your kids aren’t very creative and think you’re nuts, I’m sorry. You might want to skip that idea.)
Alright, enough silliness for one day. I feel much better about this “E is for … “ post. You can still read the old one if you want. It’s a touch more serious, and just remember that my head was fuzzy and I was sleep-deprived. Not the best time to write. Have mercy on me.
Happy Homeschooling, Friends!
~ Courageous Mama