Summer time is “no school” time but around here we never stop doing math or reading. I know, I know sounds cruel but summer learning is my way of keeping the kids on point. Through the school year they tend to struggle with math and with that in mind I like keeping them a step ahead by working on their weak spots during the summer break.
In past years I’ve purchased different online curriculum but this year I found TenMarks has a free summer program and decided to give it a try. I’m actually combining it with Khan Academy for better assessment coverage. I particularly love that both sites create a specialized program according to how they fare on the initial assessment test. I have the kids work on this for about 30 minutes a day Monday-Friday and so far it’s worked out really well.
If you’re child struggles with math or just needs to keep it fresh give these programs a try, both are free and easy to use. The daily work doesn’t take much time at all but it helps them build those much needed math skills. Once that’s done they’ll have plenty of time for heading to the park or just plain lounging around.
- Summer Time
Its tough raising kids in this day and age. You try so hard to hold on to their innocence for as long as possible but the world always weasels its way in. It’s inevitable but you need to work that much more diligently in preparing their hearts, souls and minds for those moments when they do have to face the ugliness of this world. They might feel like they don’t fit in because the norm is to “go with the flow” so they find themselves discouraged or maybe even lonely as they go against it. As parents we need to teach them how to view all circumstances through God’s word even if that means going against the flow. “But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:14
I homeschooled my kids for 8 years and in that time we grew closer with each day that passed. They learned and experienced so many things having loads of fun along the way. I mean who wouldn’t love learning about Marine Life at a Homeschool class in The Miami Seaquarium?
We were and are truly blessed. I don’t always feel like I’ve made the right choices when doubt creeps up on me and I find myself asking if I’m a good mom. I am considered by some to be a little “over the top” when it comes to protecting them from outside unnecessary garbage but I stand strong in trusting that God wants so much more for them that I refuse to let the outside noise influence me.
Through the years my kids developed a real love and respect for one another which is not always common amongst brothers and sisters. At times when my son is hurting due to some sort of mistreatment I well up at the sight of my daughter coming to his aide to console and encourage him. Those are the moments that I treasure. The times that my daughter and I have “heart to hearts” and she tells me “Mommy, you’re the best and when I have kids I’m definitely homeschooling them”. Those are the moments that I realize everything we’ve gone through is so worth it. We may have ups and downs but what matters are the relationships in between and knowing that my kids are GREAT not because of me but rather because of the Blessings that God has surrounded us with. Today I can honestly say that I made the right choices for them and I am so very grateful to have such tender hearted kids.
Today I want to encourage you to love on your kids. Show them that you care. If that means being overprotective then so be it. Share God’s word and experience his blessings together. They will only be children for a short time…make it count.
My kids at Virginia Key. Keeping Christ at the center of it all.
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”3 John 1:4