Happy New Year Everyone! December was a fun-filled month. We did our regular-ish routine for the first two weeks; and then dropped everything for the last two weeks to just hang out, play in the snow, build ginger bread houses, bake and eat treats, watch ELF, Home Alone and The Grinch over and over and over again. It was glorious! Our awesome neighbors Ms. Mare and Rohan left anonymous gifts on our porch each day for 12 days. We weren’t exactly sure who the thoughtful and generous person(s) were at first; but we narrowed it down either Ms. Mare or the kind gentleman who leaves gifts, games and toys on our porch for the kid from time to time. The kids were SO delighted and totally enjoyed it! So thanks Ms. Mare and Rohan! You can check out our video here.
For each kid, I ordered Brain Quest workbooks for the new year. They were all so excited and started working in them as soon as we got them. While I am big on learning experiences and allowing my children to pursue their interests; I do think that workbooks have a place in our unschooling experience. Early last year, my husband and I made the switch to God-lead unschooling after 4 years of homeschooling; and haven’t looked back. It was one of the greatest and most liberating decisions we’ve ever made. Gone was the frustration of kids having to learn certain things at certain times. After asking the Father for guidance, He gave us the following scriptures: Isaiah 54:13 (MSG): All your children will have God for their teacher— what a mentor for your children! as well as: John 7:15 (MSG): The Jews were impressed, but puzzled: “How does he know so much without being schooled?”
I’ve found that God takes care of whatever we entrust Him with. As I thought on my children’s learning and growth over the past year; I am floored by it all. My boys boys found and mastered an aircraft simulator game. They build the coolest things out of legos, gears, blocks and magnatiles….everything from little animals to robots and cities. My eight year young is reading so much better; and his math ability is amazing. My seven year young is SO funny! He keeps me laughing! His reading has also improved. He is an animal expert in his own right; and he loves all things science. My five year young has a work ethic like I’ve never seen on a kid. She’s so very eloquent and catches on to concepts very quickly. She is the mastermind behind many of the daily kid operations in our home. My three year young likes numbers and money. She’s all about counting. I’m still amazed at how much her vocabulary has picked up and some of the phrases that she uses. She and I were having a conversation one day and she said: “Mommy, that’s reedikeous!” I laughed and asked her where did she learn that expression? She proceeded to tell me about the Peppa Pig episode that she learned it from.
The things that I’m really pleased about is that the kids know and recite the pledge of allegiance daily; as well as the Star-Spangled Banner. I think patriotism is a must. God loves our country and so should we. They also know Psalm 91 very well. I thank God that He lead us to learn this chapter; because by the time the virus had come around, it was already ingrained in us that NO evil shall befall us; and neither shall any plague (coronavirus) come near us. I heard about children being afraid about the virus and my heart went out to them; but I am so grateful to God that the fear never entered our hearts or minds.
So we started back our daily routine today; and we were all so refreshed and excited! I’m looking forward to the learning and growth this year. I realized that we didn’t travel like we had planned last year; but this year, I’m believing God to go to all of the places that we missed last year; and even more! What is your unschooling/homeschooling plan for this year?