Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Another Test and Graduation!

Yay! Another belt cycle test and graduation! All four passed. One step closer to the little guy testing for 1st Degree in December and the older three testing for 2nd Degree next June!

Saturday, August 24, 2019

"Social" time! (AKA Life!)

Another one for the "but what about socialization?" file.  It never ceases to amaze me. Even people who know our children fairly well continue to ask this question. I just look at them with a bewildered expression. Seriously? Our children are in martial arts classes two to six days a week, with other children and adults they have trained with for almost seven years. That's longer than the timespan of elementary school. These are people they have bonded with, laugh with, encourage, console, fight and reconcile with, work with, play with, and grow with. I would have to say that three of these four homeschooled children have closer friends than my two older children who attended k-12 in traditional public school. Our one child who struggles a bit with that type of friendship is still doing better than he did while bullied in public school.

As I've shared before, the kids have friends from martial arts, from our church group, from their previous years in public school, and our neighborhoods. Why is it some people can't get their heads around the fact that the traditional classroom is not the only source pool for friends?  My daughter's best friend ended up leaving public school to attend a private school. Guess what? That didn't end their friendship because we know friendship transcends buildings, genders, ages, races, religions, paygrades, etc.

The above photo is the three teenagers with close friends from martial arts. Yes, like school, these relationships have spilled over into our every day lives, and we enjoy many hours of frolic and friendship off of the mats.  Why is it so hard  to understand that not everyone's puzzle pieces are the same shape, yet each of ours fits together they way they are supposed to and the finished picture is equally beautiful, regardless of the differences?

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Another Career Off to a Good Start!

(Rebekah with Chief Instructor, Mrs. Force)

I've shared before, and it remains truer than ever, that one of the greatest reasons to homeschool is so that our children can pursue their dreams while they're learning. Although this is not impossible to do at the same time one attends traditional school, it certainly is more of a challenge, and I cannot imagine doing so at the same level. Rebekah has been training in depth since she was 11 years old to become a martial arts instructor. She works at the studio 6 days a week, including teaching classes, and assisting in the after school program. She worked as an intern at summer camp during the day, and as an assistant instructor in the evening. As soon as she turned 14, she was offered a paid position as a Junior Instructor. This is something she has wanted since she was 7 years old. She has worked so hard. And we are so thrilled for her.

Not only is she working in the field she plans to build her career in, but she is continuing her Mastery Legacy training, which will serve her, and her community well in any work she chooses in her future. Next stop, program director... then on to chief instructor! But first... we begin high school! What a year.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Yes I Can Attitude!!!

This is the look of a 9 year old who just broke a black board for the first time! Perseverence and practice paid off. He was so happy. YES I CAN!!!! 

Sunday, August 4, 2019

When all of my teenagers were still my "babies".....

This may have been the last time the two older ones were ever excited about a first day of school. I believe Caleb was entering first grade, and Hannah was entering third. Rebekah couldn't wait to start. There were many good memories made throughout those years. I'm thankful for the choice we made to homeschool. But we still celebrate all of the wonderful experiences before we took a different path. I can't believe those three sweet "babies" are all teenagers now. My how the time has flown.