Did you know the word school originally meant leisure?
“Latin scola "school," borrowed from Greek skhole,
originally meaning "leisure," then later, "discussion" and "school."
(Education was originally affordable only to the leisure classes.) The Latin word is found in almost all European languages.”
When I read that I found it amusing. Leisure? Hah!
Not so much.
School, or homeschool, is anything but leisure for me. But it is a privilege for me, and for my kids.
Sometimes it is easy to forget that not everyone receives an education.
I happen to live in America, in this country “we” think it is our RIGHT to have an education. Never mind the fact that in Africa over 40% of kids never have any sort of book education and out of the 60% that do, only 1/3 are able to finish primary school.
So, though I may not consider it leisure, school is still for the privileged of this world. I, for one, am extra blessed because I get to teach my own kids.
It is startling how ungrateful I really am, and how blind I am to my own ungratefulness.
In the midst of all the drama and the craziness of this thing called homeschooling, I want to stop and say thank you to God.
1) For my kids
2) For my education
3) For the freedom to educate my kids
4) For a great husband who supports me/us making it possible for me to homeschool
5) For wonderful resources, and inspirational books that help me to be a better teacher/mother
Right now, I am in the midst of planning our next term, hopefully coming up with a new plan that will work with baby girl on board.
Honestly, I feel less than enthusiastic. Overwhelmed might be a better term. I know when we get past this emergent and beginning reader stage things will get easier.
I’ll take a deep breath, and I’ll thank God.
1) For paper, even if it is all over the floor
2) For all the pencils and books that litter the room
3) For the happy faces of my boys, hard at play outside in the frosty air
4) Itty bitty, snuggled up against my chest, sleeping
5) For My man, hard at work in the office.
Life is good, and I am privileged!