Friday, April 11, 2014

Homeschool Thankfulness: Learning Alongside My Children

If I thought of all the reasons that we enjoy homeschooling, I'm sure that I could blog for weeks. For my final post of this week's blog hop, I'm going to share a rather selfish reason that I love being a homeschool mom -- I get to learn, too.

Ten Things I've Learned While Homeschooling:

1. I've read some wonderful books over the years. The best one I've read lately is The Giver, a book that I was pre-reading before assigning it to Brennan. I really should've read that one a few years ago when I first put it on my nook.

2. I've learned phonics and spelling rules. I always just sort of knew how to spell things correctly, but now I know rules like "only use ck after a short vowel" and "the letters f, l, and s are often doubled at the end of a one-syllable word."

3. I've seen the inside of a cow eyeball (and a sheep heart).

4. Brennan's current history program includes wonderful tidbits about National Parks. My travel bucket-list keeps getting longer.

5. When Addison took a digital photography class a few years ago, I learned enough photography basics that I can shoot in manual mode if I want to.

6. Yesterday I listened to a classical music piece in the car and learned about the various motifs repeated in Paul Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

7. Last spring we spent so much time playing cards with a deck of famous paintings that I learned to identify most of them correctly.

8. This week I watched a science video with Lauren and learned all about how mushrooms are commercially grown and processed.

9. I learned that I still understand a lot of the higher level math that I took in high school and college. I can't always figure out the answers on my own, but I can usually follow Addison's explanations.

And, most importantly:

10. I'm learning that God can provide strength and patience and wisdom beyond measure. There's no way I could do this on my own!

This post about Homeschooling Thankfulness is part of a larger Blog Hop sponsored by members of The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew. I've included the links to eight of my friends who are participating this time around. If you'd like to read even more homeschooling related posts, you can click on the button below to find the links to all the participants.

Dawn @ Guiding Light Homeschool ~ Homeschooling with Excessive Energy
Lexi @ Lextin Academy ~ The Homeschool Dad, CEO
Lynn @ Ladybug Chronicles ~  Organizing Your Home and School
Cristi @ Through the Calm and Through the Storm ~ Homeschooling Thankfulness
Melissa @ Mom's Plans ~ Historical Field Trips
Karen @ Tots and Me ~ Making Geography Fun
Adena @ AdenaF ~ Mnemonics 
Amy @ Homeschool Encouragement ~ Lego Learning
Erin @ For Him and My Family ~ Record Keeping

April Blog Hop

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1 comment:

  1. What a great reminder of God's grace and power. I know the greatest blessings in homeschooling is learning alongside my kids. I've probably gleaned more knowledge over the past 10+ yrs homeschooling then I did with my public school education..



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