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Educational Helps - Musings From a Mom

Written by Laurie Detweiler

After reading the above article you may be overwhelmed and say, “They really do not understand. I have six children, four to school, a toddler and a new born baby. This will never work.” First of all, no one said that you needed to do all of it at once. Sometimes it’s easier to pick one thing that you are going to try and work on, accomplish that and then go on to the next. We are not trying to advocate that there is a one-size-fits-all type of education. What we are trying to say is that schooling our children, whether you are homeschooling or have them in school, is hard work. Sometimes it seems like there is no way that you can keep going. Believe me, I have been there many times in the last 21 years of parenting. But I’ve got good news. God is good and He is faithful, even when we are not.


This article may have given you the impression that I am an organized task horse that just keeps on going. Let me assure you, just ask my husband, I am quite possibly the most disorganized person you will ever meet. (Note from editing husband: Note even close.) I am definitely the more free-spirited, artsy type. When my children were young, I would much rather have been doing history and literature projects all day than any math lesson. But educating a youngster requires a well-rounded education, so that means that math and memorization must get done. The only way that I know how to do this is to schedule it into my day. Otherwise it’s easy to just keep pushing off what you don’t want to do. As you read above, I recommend doing math and phonics early when everyone is fresh. I also recommend doing your memorization work early. As children get older—Jr. High to High School—this becomes less true, buts it is still hard to read Herodotus at four in the afternoon after studying all day.


God made us all very differently. If you look at all the teachers at Veritas Academy, you will see that they have various strengths and weaknesses. Yet they all have one thing in common—they know that they are putting building blocks together in the education of a child, and they need to do their part in order to pass that child on to the next teacher. They don’t all do it in exactly the same way, but they get it done. Find out what your strengths are and use them to your advantage. God has given you a precious gift in the children that he put in your life, whether your own or someone else’s. Use your God-given gifts to pass on the knowledge that each student needs. And I know I have said it before: enjoy it!