Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Enjoying a Break

I like to take the summer off from homeschooling.  Mostly because we all need the break, but also because it's a time to ponder what to do next.  I don't use the same curriculum year after year for the most part.  Our math does stays  pretty much the same and our science text is usually Apologia, at least in high school. During the summer I love to pour over the homeschool catalogs and think about trying new things for the upcoming year.   In my recent browsing I came upon the Beautiful Feet study entitled:  A History of Science; A Literature Based Introduction to Scientific Principles and their Discoverers.  By Rebecca Manor.   I have wanted to do this study for years and decided that with just one student left we are going to do it.  Although it is a little on the younger side, (I don't let this deter me, it's still challenging)  I am thinking of ways to make it work for my 9th grader without any problem.  I am looking forward to getting off our normal track with this change.  It will only take a few months to do and then it's back to Apologia again.  It seems like it will be a fun adventure to study more in depth, about the godly men who became such famous scientists because of their great discoveries.  Especially with today's idea of what makes someone a "scientist".  These men were truly intelligent men who knew that a Creator was responsible for all the wonders of the universe.  It should be an enjoyable study.

  Happy vacation if you are taking one.  Happy homeschooling if you are not.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Media, At What Cost?

I recently joined the Facebook Fad.  If that's what it's called.  I hesitated for many years to do so simply because I know myself, and I'm almost certain to be on it too much.  I have to admit it's fun to see what people are up to and I will "like" something or comment to a friend, like using it for email, but I don't see it becoming the problem I thought it might become.  I actually enjoy blogging quite a lot more.  It seems more creative.   I often wonder how other parents have been dealing with this new media craze that is taking our youth by storm.

Back in the 50's the hula hoop was a craze or fad, along with cramming as many teenagers into a phone booth as would be manageable.  Then along came TV and Rock n Roll.   Of course the 60's had some fads that mostly weren't very wholesome and the 70's disco craze.  Actually that's where I fit in, the 70's.  I never cared much for disco though I have to admit.  Computers have changed things quite a lot for families from the 90's to the present.  But look how fast that has changed our family life.  Add in the i pod, cell phone, lap top, i phone, i... you name it and where does that take our children?  Should they own such gadgets?  How young is too young to allow these devices into the hands of our youngsters?  This to me seems to be the current day  parenting dilemma.  It is a very large one at that.  I have been on the look out for what the "experts" have to say about what parents should be leery about or on the lookout for and I really haven't heard too much about it.

I feel very blessed to be homeschooling during this time of information overload.   We do let our children use many of the above listed items mostly as tools.  A cell phone seems like an essential these days.  My almost fourteen year old can take a three mile bike ride with a bit more assurance because if he should need help I'm only a call away, so he takes my cell phone.  I don't believe it is a good idea for a young person to carry around instant access to the internet in their pocket.  This seems a bit dangerous to me.  How is a youth carrying an internet accessing device held accountable?  Is there a filter on it?  Can a parent check to see the history?  These are questions I don't know the answer to.  In the "old days" children did have access to inappropriate materials without a doubt, but not as easily as today.  Please do not get me wrong, I am not against these devices at all.  I think they are wonderful when used properly.  I wonder if this is the first time in history where technology is geared toward children and then the adults catch on instead of the technology starting with the adults and being taught to their children.

It frustrates me to see a child of mine glued to an electronic device, just staring  at it for what seems like hours.  I hope that soon the "experts" will share with us parents their advice on how to teach our children not to waste too much of their lives on social networks.  For now I'll send them outside to care for the animals, play in the woods and other healthy adventures, like reading a good book, that might encourage a love for other things. I'll also hold off on letting them have these things until my husband and I think they are old enough to have them, say 18 or older.  If you have any ideas on how to handle the media of the day, I'd love to hear about it.  In the mean time I'll continue to be in God's Word knowing He is the only true "expert" on raising children, no matter what generation they might be born in.

Philippians 4:8  "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true whatever things are noble, whatever things are just whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy, meditate on these things."

Esther 4:14b "Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"