home school teacher

It has been a joy to have the conversations with our older children move to deeper and more serious levels.  We look at it as a privilege to be able to be the ones to introduce our kids to the various important topics of life, whether it be faith, sex, politics, healthy relationships, or current world events.  Our children know that they are completely free and encouraged to ask us any question at any time.

striped-pajamasI have been looking forward to having our oldest child read the book, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, and then take the time to watch the movie together.  [That’s the rule of the house – you have to read the book before watching the movie. 🙂 ]  What a creative, unique way to take a look at the Holocaust.  It is a vivid, heavy look at the atrocities of that time in history, shown through the “innocent” perspective of two young boys.  This story offers a wonderful opportunity for today’s children to “put themselves in their shoes” and envision what it might have been like to grow up as a Jewish or German child during the years of World War II.

I look forward to the discussions that this story will bring to the dinner table as well as to the trips to soccer practices.  I pray that God will, once again, help us as parents to weave His truths into those conversations.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (NLT)  Listen, O Israel!  The LORD is our God, the LORD alone.  And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.  And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.  Repeat them again and again to your children.  Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when your are going to bed and when you are getting up.  Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.  Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.


Isaac was thumbing through his book, waiting patiently for his reading time to start as I finished up some math problems with Felicia. All of a sudden, he burst out, “Mom! Come here!  Look at this! This is so cool!”

I walked over and sat down next to him on the couch.  “Look, Mom, this is really cool.  This page tells you the name of each chapter and what page it starts on!  So… all you have to do is look at the name of whatever chapter you want to read and then you can go right to that page!  Isn’t that cool?”


Four weeks ago:

addison school

Three weeks ago:

isaac school 

Two weeks ago:

 Felicia school

 Up until this point, my children have always been homeschooled (except for a period of 2 months when they attended a Chilean school).  The original plan was to go back to homeschooling the three older children until this coming June and have Jacob attend pre-school three afternoons per week.  We thought it might have been too difficult of a transition to put the older children in public schools, especially while still adjusting to living back in the States.  However, it seems that during these last few years, our children have learned the art of quickly adapting to new situations. (more…)

last day of school!

There is lots of excitement in the house today.  It is our last day of the school year!  Both students and teachers (a.k.a. mom and dad) are ready for summer vacation.  The days are warm, the sun is bright, and the anticipation of the end of school, by the counting down of days, has been felt for the last few weeks.

These past two years, we have been following the Chilean school calendar, which runs from March until December.  It makes it easier for everyone if we, as home schoolers, have the same vacation times as all the neighborhood kids.  There is nothing worse for a teacher than to try to teach your students while the doorbell rings 15 times and kids ask if your students can come out to play, ask how much longer they have to be in school, etc.  It is much easier for us to follow the same school schedule as those living around us.