Our school year officially ended right before Memorial Day weekend, culminating in a week-long celebration of just doing whatever we could think of to have fun and let our son know how proud we were of his accomplishments throughout the year! And there was so much more he was able to learn at home than he would have learned in school! 😀 It was an overall success and I can’t believe how much fun it all was ❤ . He was already doing well in school, making all A’s, but hating the structure and the boring busy work, along with the teachers’ negative attitudes. I’m so glad he doesn’t have to depend on only 20 minutes of recess anymore to get his freedom of play! And seeing him go on to become even more proficient at math, reading and writing was encouraging to me as his teacher. He can now, hands down, write a compare and contrast 1-page paper, or a critical thinking paper where he analyzes the truth about a situation, and on top of that (!!) he’s learned how to do all the prep work himself by creating brainstorming pages and learning how to organize his thoughts! My heart is just swollen with so much pride for him, and he’s only about to be 9. I can see how homeschooled kids have the opportunity to benefit so much more than public school kids from one-on-one daily tutoring styled teaching.
You just can’t beat 1. Going at a child’s own pace, whether it be faster or slower so they really grasp a complicated topic, and 2. One on one attention with a teacher/tutor. Consequently, you also can’t accomplish those two deeds with a classroom of 20+ children. It has been eye-opening realizing that having our son in public school, was actually holding him back from his full potential being realized.
I also loved being able to dig down deeper into the historical facts about the places and people we learned about in the coursework. Instead of a progressive and anti-Christian/anti-family/anti-male academic environment, he was able to learn so many Christian facts about the European people who construct our history. And instead of being taught the liberal propaganda of the Native Americans being all good-natured, kind and oppressed people groups, we were able to dig into the realistic advantages and disadvantages of being conquered, and the effects of refusal to assimilate now on some of the residual tribes’ economy and way of life in contrast to other groups who excelled in comparison. When researching all the early explorers and conquistadors, we were blown away with how Satanic the Aztecs were, and in reading letters and diary entries, were able to, “see,” from firsthand accounts just how diabolical they were in the eyes of Cortes’ frightened, deeply Catholic soldiers. Walls built entirely of human skulls, the altars constantly burning from human sacrifice, hearts rotting as they were left in offering to the demonic gods they worshiped openly and joyfully. The entire city smelled of rotten flesh and death, and Cortes’ normally brave men were terrified of all of it. History books try to paint it as a paradise of sorts, being naturally beautiful due to the island set-up, but according to his men, it was like a paradise in hell. Do public schools teach all this now? I’d bet money they don’t!
I didn’t know Cortes was such a strong Catholic that he desperately wanted to place crosses around the city, and over the idols they worshiped. He repeatedly tried to convince the Aztec chief they were worshiping demons, which they clearly were, and I don’t remember learning the many times he gave them the opportunity to forgo war and be peacefully overtaken. His men even allowed the Aztecs to still carry on with their festivals, provided they would not engage in human sacrifice, (which didn’t work out, as they refused to forgo human sacrifice and preferred to revolt/have war). In harsh contrast to the education I had on this man, he came across as humble, kind, deeply religious and overly gracious in his desire to persuade them to avoid war and violence. It’s ridiculous how much progressive propaganda has taken over the school system with distorted facts parents have to correct at home. How much better it is to just teach the truth from the get-go!
Our curriculum also encouraged us to do a Family Tree project that ended up becoming so complicated we’re extending it into the summer and next year! Even just today while researching some more on the history of our relatives’ house and the town they settled in, I found out that a different ancestor on my dad’s side (a Texas Ranger Captain), personally collaborated with the town’s founder to scope out the territory that would eventually become my mom’s great-grandparents’ hometown. How amazing for our son to find out these two families were already in a strange way, connected.
We also learned that their house was written about by the man who designed Central Park, American landscape artist, Frederick Law Olmsted. The house was already unique (built by Napoleon’s guard and a place where Robert E. Lee once stayed), but to read Olmsted’s description of it in his book, A Journey Through Texas, where he described it in first person, was just amazing. He calls the town and the people who settled there, in comparison with the rest of Texas, “as far from Texan as possible,” as they were Alsatian, which is a French-German population of people who came from Alsace, a french province that has been passed from France to Germany in ownership I believe five times.
Here is his excerpt on my great-great Grandparents’ house:
Perhaps the most remarkable thing is the hotel, by M. Tarde, a two-story house, with double galleries, and the best inn we saw in the state. How delighted and astonished many a traveler must have been, on arriving from the plains at this first village, to find not only his dreams of white bread, sweetmeats and potatoes realized, but napkins, silver forks, and radishes, French servants, French neatness, French furniture, delicious French beds, and the Courrier des Etats Unis; and more, the lively and entertaining bourgeoise.
I think the best part of this first year in our homeschooling adventure is wealth of Christian knowledge we were able to interject into what he was learning at the time. Even with our family tree project, he’s finding out how important the Christian faith was in building communities that had strong morals and structure. Or in crafting strong families with strong roots who were able to be sustained in hard or impossible times. Even scholastically, our son was able to practice and learn most of his writing techniques in the second half of the year, while using the timeless classic Pilgrim’s Progress!!!! So much of what he wrote about are concepts that most adults these days don’t even understand about theology and the spiritual journey! His faith and love for God deepened so much!! What a success it all was!!! ❤ You can’t get a Christian education within the public school system, and I’m coming to believe that it is our job as parents to give our kids a Christian education.
So even though we did science experiments all throughout the year, he still wants to do more science over the summer. Hence the video at the top 😀