Monday, November 25, 2013

Homeschooling from Nani's perspective

I am a trained elementary school teacher. In the past I have enjoyed teaching 4th, 7th, and 8th graders, mostly in a Christian school environment. I did teach 6th grade in a public school when we were first married, many years ago. Because of this background I was a bit sceptical when my daughter decided to home school her two oldest boys; 4 and 6. For one thing I know how much organization and planning teaching entails and with her new baby and her husband about to be deployed with the army for 6 months how was she to manage a family, a house, AND teach?? 
She assured me both her and Steve had prayed about it and felt God's call in this area. After reading Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview by Israel Wayne and seeing her "in action" I am confident she has made the best decision!
This quote from the book sums up why Christians should home school:
"If our children are going to be able to stand against the thoughts and ideas of the 21st Century and be able to defend their faith, we must be teaching, equipping, and preparing them now. Nothing is of greater importance. All of life should be understood from the Christian world view." David and Shirley Quine

Here are some reasons for home schooling:

Learning in a relaxed atmosphere with Mom teaching lessons and being able to incorporate the Bible in every lesson!

Extending study (about the octopus and other sea creatures) into snack and lunch times.

Researching together on the computer all about sea animals and enjoying varioius videos.

Making home made Christmas gifts after a morning of reading/math. Home school allows lots of extra time since school work is accomplished basically one on one in a shortened time period. 

Home school is, so far, working at the Thorpe household and Nani couldn't be happier!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Baby, biscotti, and the Bible

What do these three have in common?

They are all "incrediibly sweet" and we take pleasure in them!

Psalms 119:16 
"I take pleasure in your laws (God's  Word), your commands I will not forget."