Thursday, July 24, 2008

A day trip to Atlanta....

Friday morning my friend Deanna and I are heading to Atlanta for the day. We are going to attend a homeschool fair. I bought most of the curriculum I needed at the large fair that was held the first weekend in May. Each year 5 or 6 ladies and I attend that fair, also held in Atlanta. We leave for the May fair on a Thursday and stay until Saturday evening.That weekend is filled with lots of looking, buying, and mom talk. The fair I'm going to tomorrow Arthur, Wesley, and I attended last year for the first time. It was our anniversary so we made a weekend out of it. The thing that's so different from this fair and the one in May is the speakers. It seems most of the speakers are parents who have been there and done that, not there just to sell something. There's not a lot of hustle and bustle, it's low key. This year I'm just going for the day and with a friend....and very much looking forward to the reprieve. Even after 8 years of homeschooling, I like to hear what others are doing and how they teach. None of our children have the same learning style, and you can learn so much from listening to others. So, Monday we start school back, I'll let you know how it goes......this year I add another student Stephen. Now I'm up to teaching 7 kids, thankful Arthur and the girls are a BIG help. I'm thankful we live in a country that it's legal to teach our own children from home. If you wonder what we feel are the most important things to teach, here it goes in order 1 and 2 being the most important. You may not agree and that's ok, that's why God blessed each one of us with our own children to love, teach, and train.

1. To teach our children about God and His Word
2. Christ like character
3. Formal education

An education is a wonderful thing and it's a must to live in this world, but......"When the end time comes and we meet the Creator face to face what will matter the most"?

Train up a child in the way he should go,and when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6


Christina said...

We are going to be starting the 2nd week of August. I was going to start August 4th but my friends daughter is having major heart surgery and I know it'll be hard for me to concentrate!

Mrs. Tara said...

You girly whirlies have fun. Miss you still. After I recover from my surgery we will have to catch up. I am having surgery on Tuesday- pray for me. Even though I have wanted this for a while knowing it is best for my health and I have known forever I can't have kids - it has been an emotional ride for me. I guess it is knowing my miracle is not coming the way I secretly always hoped it would. It is just so final. The Lord's has given me a lot of grace this week and my tears are beginning to dry up and come to terms with all this. I love and value you as a friend and would love for you to pray for me in this manner- I know you will understand.

Theresa said...

I love you Laura...and your blog...and your family. I guess you could say that I am your #1 fan. LOL

I admire mom's who homeschool. I would love to do it, but not my own kids. They just don't listen to me or take me serious. It's frustrating. I tried to do pre-school with Amanda but Daniel was a newborn and patience were thin.

Happy Anniversary! How many years?

I look forward to the time that we will meet. Love you, sister.

PS...I agree with #1 & #2 priorities in educating our children too!

The Fab 4 said...

What a great blog you have, Laura. I love the photos of all the kiddos in VBS shirts. I love that FBC supplied our summer wardrobe. Where else can you get such great shirts for $5???

Sunny said...

The fair sounds like a lot of fun. I am hoping to homeschool one day, and couldn't agree more with your reasons for wanting to homeschool.