Encouragement for the Seasoned Homeschooler
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You might be sitting with a cup of coffee in your hand as you feel overwhelmed by all of your failed attempts to keep your homeschooled child motivated. I understand; I feel your pain. When a child is born, we as parents have all these visions about that child, and we can imagine how the future should unfold. We can see them graduate from a dream college, and start an amazing career. Then the child starts preschool or kindergarten and our sand castle starts to fall apart. The well-planned path becomes bumpy, and the ride is not so enjoyable. You are exhausted and don't know what to do.
Being born into a bilingual family, I have never thought about how beneficial it could be to speak another language. My parents did a great job creating an environment that helped me learn two languages easily. At the age of five I started learning my third language, and by the age of eight I could read, write, and speak in three languages: Ukrainian, Russian and English. During my university years I started learning two more foreign languages (French and German), and I faced the reality that learning complex languages can be very challenging. It can be difficult to comprehend varying verb conjugation, genders, and bizarre numeric systems. I’m still trying to understand why seventy-five is pronounced as “sixty and fifteen” in French.
Life often throws bumps in your road to achievement. Through elementary and middle school, your parents may have helped smooth the bumps into manageable pebbles. During your high school years, however, the bumps have grown and now they threaten to affect your future. Reality sets in when major obstacles put your goal of achieving a high school diploma in danger.
As we drove into Igoda, I could hardly believe my eyes. When I left in 2011, most of these houses had grass roofs. A motorcycle was still a novelty, to be exclaimed over by children. Little one-room shack shops had just started to pop up along the main road. This little village in the mountains of Tanzania had undergone a transformation. Now, signs of new affluence were in evidence everywhere: new buildings, new tin roofs, new beautiful, big shops selling fabric, fresh fruit and even toothpaste. And there were cars, CARS parked in front of houses.
After I finish a good book, I invariably want to discuss it, and when I find someone who also loved it, I discover new details about the book through our conversation. Having a book club allows for discussions that are meaningful, engaging, and interesting about the books you read. If you are thinking about starting a book club, either for yourself or for your child, one of the first steps is to choose a theme that will make your book club stand out. Here are some easy steps to follow as you are choosing book club themes for a group of readers: