Thursday, September 24, 2009
Some School Thoughts
Yesterday Olivia was having trouble with some of her Algebra I problems, and Julie didn't understand her science material covering 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree levers and wheels and axles.....I tried to work the math problems that Olivia had worked incorrectly, and I got the wrong answer too! Then I read Julie's science material and had no idea how to answer the questions. I had a moment of feeling overwhelmed. Tears filled my eyes as I asked myself what in the world did I think I was doing? I cannot educate these children! I said a quick prayer for wisdom, took a deep breath, and the moment of panic soon passed. I reminded myself that their education is more than equations and simple machines. While I do want them to excel academically, and I am preparing them for college, the big picture is their spiritual and character training, homemaking and creative skills, hard work, and their service to others. I also reminded myself of the reason I purchased the science and math curriculum that I did---Teaching Textbooks math comes with CDs of every single problem worked! Apologia Science is written to the student, and it also includes CDs for further explanation. Thankfully, Jimmy is a super resource for both science and math questions! Olivia and I used the math CD to watch the computer man work the problems she had missed. Jimmy helped Julie with her science this morning. I don't have to know it all or even have all the answers! I can utilize the many resources that are provided, and together we can figure it out!