I have an afternoon to myself today and will be spending time pondering somethings that are a part of my life.
I want to use my e-sword program to do some word searches and to also spend time in the Word and seeking the Lord's wisdom and guidance.
Most of you know that we home educate and that I lead a co-op. One of my joys is to speak with home educating moms and to encourage them in this great task that God has given them. The last few years I am hearing more and more that they 'need' to have their kids take classes from an academic co-op because either they are afraid that somehow their student will 'miss' something if they try to teach them or that their teen argues and fights with them at home about their schoolwork so they want someone else to be giving them their assignments, etc...
This troubles me and breaks my heart. These years that we have our children at home is prime discipleship time! The teen years are so great! I have loved having mine at home full time - has it been always easy? No! Has it been worth it? YES!
I see a lot of fear out there...at a time when the sky is the limit in what is available to home educators, more and more parents feel like they can't do it - they can't teach their children to read, or they can't teach their high schooler Government...the list goes on!
Home educating is a commitment and a long haul kind of thing. You learn together and also by the time your kid gets to middle school age they pretty much can educate themselves! They just need you to guide, answer questions, motivate, encourage! After all we want them to not have to be spoon fed all their information in order to learn something. We need to be teaching them from early on HOW to learn.
So, I guess my real ponderings on this subject are "How can I encourage moms? and Can I encourage them?" Do they really want to be encouraged in it?
Another area I am pondering is how to be more physically active daily. I sit - alot. My muscles sometimes are tight from sitting so much. I sit to do school with the kids, I sit at the computer, I sit to read, I sit to knit, I sit to sew...well you get the idea. I am trying to do more physical work in the gardens and around our property, I want to be able to move well when I am 'old', after all.
I am pondering the many great things the Lord is teaching us...not always easy...but it is good. It just sometimes leaves you on the fringe at times.
So, what kinds of things are you pondering these days?