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Homeschool Happiness

Published November 21, 2017 by lynn k scott

Last night, we continued my daughter’s studies.  You know, history, science, etc.  We started a new mini-lesson on, “Poison Tongue, Healing Tongue”.

I admit it, I’m a bit of a geek, nerd, what have you, when it comes to homeschooling material.  I get excited about new books or curricula.  This in turn, elicits eye-rolls and my daughter telling me I am weird. It’s ok, I can live with that.  In part, because it’s true!

I recently purchased a new history set, called, “From Adam to Us”.  It’s a Christian publication and I am in LOVE with it so far.  It begins in the beginning with God creating the world.  The exercises has my daughter reviewing chapter vocabulary words doing exercises based on the reading.

The book in general is an easy read.  There are lots of colorful pictures, scripture mixed into the text and I find it relaxing to read.  Of course, I’m coming from a completely different perspective than a student would, as they have to do the work.

There are also additional books in the set, such as a timeline book, a literature book and maps.  Even though we’ve just begun using the books, I am liking what I’m seeing; a lot!

In additional to history, we covered scripture readings on how the Bible refers to the tongue.  How the tongue can be used to hurt or heal, depending how we choose to use it.  I admit, I have a sharp tongue and sarcasm and I have become all-to-familiar with each other.

In addition to trying to raise my daughter, I viewed this mini-course as a guide that could assist both of us in choosing our words a bit more carefully and use them in a better way than we have been.  No matter what our ages, we all have room for growth and improvement.

My daughter is extremely perceptive, add tween hormones and just a general kids don’t want to do school and selecting the proper way to respond isn’t always her forte.  I found the verses to be genuine and that there were multiple opportunities to discuss what we were reading and how it applies to us.

Lastly, we turned to Netflix for science.  We watched a scientist go up against a chef and they both made the same dishes.  Seeing a steak cooked the traditional way and then seeing how liquid nitrogen played a roll in cooking a stay was fascinating.  Did you know you can create a clear tomato soup that still tastes like tomato soup?  I didn’t until seeing this show.

No matter which subject we discussed, my daughter was learning.  She was engaged.  She was participating.  Not to mention, she’ll have something to share with her friends next time they get together.

As challenging as homeschooling can be, it’s a challenge that’s well worth the effort!

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She talked to me

Published March 25, 2015 by lynn k scott

It’s a double-edged sword watching your youngest child grow up.  While my little one is only nine years old, she is the last of my children.  I’m done.  I have done my Earth-populating duty.  She’s the youngest of five and someone else can pick up the child-bearing slack henceforth.

The other night, while using her “practice” knife (aka a paring knife) to cut tomatoes for tacos, my daughter decided to have a talk with me.  She needed to address some pressing issues.

“Mom.  I know you don’t want to hear this, but I’m growing up.  I’m cutting tomatoes, I can make my own eggs, and I’m learning to cook more and more.  You need to work with me.  If I’m old enough to cut tomatoes, I am old enough to cook more on the stove.  I can reach the sink now and do the dishes without a step stool.”

She was so serious; so matter-of-a-fact.  It made me smile she thought she needed to take the initiative and let me know how she’s not a (young) child any more; that I needed let her grow.

I admit, I am a bit sad she’s becoming so independent.  However, not sad enough to begin the procreation process again.  Just making that point clear.  On the flip side of that coin, I enjoy watching her independence grow. My lil miss has been an enormous help in doing daily chores that I just don’t get to everyday.  Granted, she’s motivated by a small allowance, but she still does the chores on her own.  If she forgets, she doesn’t get paid for that day.

Learning to do laundry, learning to cook, learning to shop, learning to make responsible food decisions.  A transformation is taking place and I have a front row seat.  I am in awe and saddened at the same time.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I am doing my job in raising a responsible adult, but I miss my baby.  In my baby’s stead stands a young woman who will continue to grow in body, knowledge and independence.

She’s Turning Out OK!

Published January 5, 2015 by lynn k scott

My youngest child is the only one at home.  Good thing too, because she’s only 9 years old.  That’s still a bit too young to be out on your own.  I can admit to not being the best mom for the first four kids.  I survived a very abusive marriage, only had a high school diploma, no real marketable skills and I wasn’t emotionally stable enough to be dealing with all the curve balls life was throwing at me.  I admit, I made some really poor decisions way back when.

Life saw to it that I received another chance.  My youngest is benefiting from that opportunity.  Perhaps it was because I was an older mom when I had her at 35 instead of 20.  Perhaps it was the fact I was in a relationship that I wasn’t belittled and physically abused or that I had a job, my own money and was able to support myself.  There are so many factors at play in all of this.

What I do know, is my youngest is turning out OK.  She uses her manners in public; which I am often complimented on.  She doesn’t have her own iPhone because she’s always with a trusted adult, when she isn’t with myself or my husband.  While I can’t say she isn’t spoiled, she is often reminded to be grateful for having a home, parents and some of the items she wants.  She knows what respect is and uses it accordingly.

My youngest thinks of others.  She will often clean her room and put books and toys aside and ask me to find new homes for them.  While we often donate to thrift stores, she will request I give her things to kids who don’t have toys like hers.  She is generally happy in nature, is independent, open-minded, smart, whitty (that’s gonna bite me one day), and thinks on her feet.  She loves animals and currently would like to be a veterinarian.

While there have been many people who have sat in judgement of my decisions, they haven’t lived what I have lived through.  I was no angel, but I certainly didn’t deserve what I have lived through.  I can say I have learned and grown from what I consider my previous life.  It’s been a long journey and there is still plenty of road left for me to travel.

I look forward to completing her education and blossoming into a fabulous young woman.  She’s turning out OK and I’m enjoying watching her grow. mmn

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