By the time these boys get home from school and do their homework, there isn't time! I tell myself that I have Saturday. Saturday I'll put them to work and then......... Saturday comes and they are off helping those in need with their projects which is good. Really good.
The Natives' start heading out the door in the morning for school at 6:45. The last comes home at 4:40 PM. Actually, the last comes home at 5:30 PM but that is because he is working after school for a few hours. Several of them leave when it is dark, and don't return until it is almost dark. I have concerns with this.
My complaining about not getting help around here on projects is not the root of my concern actually. My concern is all of the time our kids are having to be indoors! Education is really important in our house. Two of The Natives' had parent teacher conferences yesterday. They are both doing good, they are improving. I am pleased with this, but........... this is where my heart yearns to be able to home school The Natives' again.
|Mr. M came running to me this morning before school. "Mom! Let me have your camera! The sunrise is amazing"! He sat in his bedroom window and took this photo.|
I really think a large part of our childrens' education is being lost because our children aren't outside enough. It is a battle I am having right now internally and I am not sure of the outcome. There has got to be a balance!
Our nation is full of children who are struggling more and more with their weight. More and more children are being diagnosed with attention deficit. Children are spending less time out of doors exploring and being in nature. Less people are hiking, camping, etc. I really think there is a correlation.
In a perfect world, if I had my way, I would live on acres and acres of land up in the mountains raising and educating The Natives' at home. I don't live in a perfect world or have my way so I'm going to have to come up with plan B. I don't know what it is yet, but as a mother, I am not pleased with this part of The Natives' education. The outdoors/nature side of their education.