Happy Friday, y’all! I feel like I might be crawling to the finish line this week, but at least I’m crossing it.
The week started out rough. I’m not going into detail because it’s personal family stuff, but suffice it to say that being the parent of teens can be hard. If my blog ever makes you think that I have it all together and we’re just sailing through life all happy and peaceful-like, do not be misled. We’re real people with real struggles.
There have been tears and prayers this week. There has been an instance of Dad coming home from work due to family issues that needed to be dealt with sooner rather than later. However, God is faithful and the prayers that Brian and I would deal with the situation in a calm, positive manner were answered.
I am thankful for my faith and God’s grace as we walk through the teen and early adult years with our kids. I don’t think we’ve reached a resolution, but we have reached an understanding. The blessing has been that I have been forced to rely on God and I have felt a renewal of my relationship with Him.
And, all that probably made it sound way more intense than it actually was.
The sight that greeted me in my pitiful-looking, but oh-so-comfy chair when I came downstairs yesterday morning
On the school front, this was our first week of workbooks and it’s been a doozy. One of the benefits I expected for me was a couple of extra hours a day to work online or at household tasks as the kids worked independently. I’m not sure where those extra hours are going, but I’ve been just as busy as when I was actively teaching the kids.
Our initial impressions are mostly positive. Josh likes the structure of the workbooks and the fact that he can work independently of Megan. He’s one to just jump in and get schoolwork done and move on, whereas Megan likes discussion and lots of breaks.
What school has looked like at our house this week
Megan really likes the English workbook. Easy Grammar and Daily Grams have given her a strong foundation, so she feels confident with the grammar that’s being covered so far.
Both find the question and answer stuff a bit confusing. I think that’s just because it’s so different from our former hands-on approach. I think the workload is more involved than any of us expected. In my opinion, that’s not a bad thing. It seems a reasonable amount for a 7th and 9th grader, but it is putting their time management and study skills to the test. We’re already making some tweaks for next week.
Something that I’ve found interesting is that Megan has taken her books and gone straight to her room to work every day. Josh, on the other hand, has spent most of his time at the dining room table. It’s been kind of cool working in companionable silence beside him.
One thing that really bugged Josh and me is that the curriculum is overtly religious. I never thought I’d say something like this, but I’ve been a Christian since I was 13 and my kids have always been raised in a Christian home – just teach history and science, already. We don’t need to be evangelized.
I think the issue that we’re having is not that these subjects are taught from a Christian worldview. We’re okay with that. It’s that what we’ve read so far seems very evangelical. I’m not sure we’re going to like that aspect of the curriculum, which, since you’re probably dying to know by now, is Landmark’s Freedom Baptist Curriculum.
It came recommended from a couple of friends whose kids are similar in age to mine, including several graduates. I know the curriculum is academically sound and I am assuming that it’s doctrinally sound because I know these families well. I’ll be keeping an eye on things, though.
Last Sunday, Josh and Megan went to a local jump park (indoor trampolines) with the youth group from our church. They had a blast. I really want to ask our youth pastor to take the kids every week – both of mine were in bed, sound asleep, by 9:00. Did you read that? My night owl teens were sound asleep by 9:00. Amazing.
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