1. Technology. It’s everywhere today. A glance around me reveals my laptop, cell phone, and iPod Touch. There is an iPad on the couch, a movie playing through the XBox streaming Netflix on the television, and the Kinect is resting in front of the TV. All within 8 feet of where I sit. It’s everywhere.
2. T-shirts. They come in a rainbow of colors, and are versatile. What else can my kids come upstairs wearing, and even though I know that he slept in that shirt, it looks fine and doesn’t smell, so proclaim him “dressed!”
3. Timez Attack. A really cool video game that teaches my kids their times tables (and division facts!?) Yes, please! This is my time and sanity saver right now.
4. Taxi Mom. You wouldn’t be a homeschool mom if you didn’t spend a good portion of– if not each day, at least each week– transporting kids from one activity to the next. Since when did “homeschool” mean “stay home all the time”?!
5. Tutorials. How-to’s. You name it, your kids are eventually going to ask you HOW to do it. How do the puppies come out? How do I draw an alien? How do I do this math problem? Tutorials are the way to go! Some really good ones are found on YouTube!
6. Teaching moms. I didn’t want to be a teacher when I grew up. I still don’t want to be a teacher! I only wanted to be a mom, and that is what I am. My kids’ education is a by-product of our life. Yes, I teach them, but I’m their Momma first. I become a teacher when I became a homeschool Mom. No fancy certificate required.
7. Tortillas. Those versatile, flat, soft, white sheets of “oh-no-we’re-out-of-bread” goodness! We use tortillas for lunches as well as snacks. Sprinkle grated cheese, microwave, and roll up for a quick quesadilla lunch, fill with fixings you for a ham & cheese sandwich, or heat in a pan and spread with butter and cinnamon sugar for an “elephant ear” without frying.
8. Typing. No matter how you look at it, there is no getting around the fact that the world is rapidly heading toward the digitized word and away from pen and paper. My boys can both type passably well. Eventually we will purchase a full typing program and stop using the free online ones, so that they can learn the proper technique.
9. Training wheels. I’m talking about literal ones, as well as figurative. Everyone starts out on training wheels, whether you’re a 5 year old learning to ride a bike, or a brand new homeschool mom with her first box of curriculum. We start out slow, master the first steps, and move on. While we’re learning to homeschool, our kids are learning too.
10. Thankfulness. I’m reminded all the time how blessed that I am to be home with my kids! As much as I dislike my job, I am so thankful to God that it is flexible and I can work when it fits my family. Weekends only! I try to build thankfulness into my boys as often as I can.
How are you building thankfulness into your kids?
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