Monday, November 8, 2010

My Sixth Student

Lily is so funny! She loves to homeschool with the big kids.
She crawls up, grabs their workbooks and papers and pencil and starts writing all over them. Sometimes she is too fast for us to catch her in time. We have tried giving her her own stuff, but she is only interested for about five seconds before she is grabbing at the next thing. It has been a huge frustration to the kids.
Thanks to my friend, Catherine, we have come up with a new plan. Each of the older kids takes a fifteen minute Lily-Break. Their job is to keep Lily away from the table and happy and occupied so the other kids can learn and I can lecture and answer questions. So far, it has been working pretty good. The new problem is everyone is wanting a Lily-Break ALL the time.
She is my precious little girl that is very active and into everything. She has so much personality! We are loving our little Lily and sad that she is growing up so fast. She is 19 months now. Is it truly possible?
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17 comments:

Camille said...

She. Is. ADORABLE!! What a lovely thing to involve the older children in occupying Lily...such precious times!! It will promote the building of friendships within the family that will last forever. WONDERFUL!!

Have a lovely day!
Blessings,
Camille

Farmgirl Cyn said...

I love her little "Pebbles' do!!!

Grandma Becky said...

Maybe you need to make her some workbooks out of plain paper so she can have one of her own! :-) How fun though and she's is growing up so fast! Hugs!

Rachel and Family said...

Aaahh, sweet Lily. How can she be 19 mos already?!?

THAT is an EXCELLENT idea about the 15 minute Lily breaks!!

Rachel and Family said...

Enjoying your hospitality posts too!

Catherine said...

I'm SO glad it is working for you. My friend Anne, who has eight kids (four olders and four youngers) used this technique also. LilyPie looks good enough to eat!

Katie said...

I love the idea of a "lily break!" I have a 22 month old and he's the same way!

Wanting What I Have said...

LOVE the "Lilly break!!!" That's a great idea! Cute pictures, too. I love getting to see your day in action!

kathy said...

Yes I know what you mean! Essence has just started wanting to be included :)
Lily is so adorable and 19months already! Don't you wish you could slow down time! :)

melaniek said...

Awww, such a sweet baby girl! She is getting so big so fast. That is a great idea, the Lily break. Love it! I wanted to ask, how did you start off homeschooling? My husband and I have been talking about it and looking into it, neither one of us are too keen on sending the kids to public school. Nothing against anyone who sends their kids to public school (we both went) but we want more control over who they are influenced by daily and it will give us a better flexible schedule.

Hope you have a great day!

His bondservant said...

Stacie,
She is too cute. Can I come have a Lily break too?

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Melainek, I just wanted to refer you to a post of why I homeschool. http://afirefighterswife.blogspot.com/2009/10/god-gives-us-what-we-need.html maybe you can highlight this link and cut and paste it into your browser.

Thanks for asking. The best reason I can give, is it was a journey and a process that I fought God on for a long time. I felt him putting it on my heart, but I offered him so many excuses and was so fearful that I might screw up my children that I did not obey at first.

I know now why God wanted me to homeschool. My oldest child has some pretty serious learning issues. Homeschooling has been very good for him because he can feel safe from ridicule and pressure from being behind. It took awhile for me to be OK with that, as well.

Homeschooling has also unified our family. This has been very nice for me since Steve is gone so much of the time. It has lessoned my stress in many ways. Less running around and trying to keep up with all the different teachers and their requirements.

I am also able to work on character. This is more important to me than academics. You can be a really smart, educated person, but if you don't have good manners or dont' have a godly character, morals and integrity, you aren't going to get very far in this life.

I hope this helps! So glad you are considering it!

melaniek said...

Thank you so much Stacie! Ryan also had learning problems in school and had very bad experiences with it. We really want to teach our kids that family is very important and about life, morals, and faith. I have a feeling we are going to get a lot of resistance from family over this, but we believe that some of the most important lessons in life will be learned at home. It will be great to have someone to turn to that has experience and a beautiful love for the Lord. I truly believe God led me to your blog for a special reason.

My sincerest thanks,

Melanie

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

You are so welcome! I am only too glad to help! Homeschooling can be a tremendous blessing when done right. I've done it wrong a few times, too. So I know what I am talking about! ;)

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

She's so cute. I just love that all the kids want a "Lily Break". So glad Catherine gave you that idea and that is is working for you.

Sarah said...

Cute photographs Stacie! We too have a little scamp in our home who loves to draw all over his sisters books when no-one is watching!

I adore that last shot of you and little Lily...she looks as though she is plotting some kind of mischief!

God Bless

Jasmine said...

Lily is lovely. So cute!!! My little one loves to be with the big kids while school is on as well.

I love your big table - it's perfect for a big family.

Much love,

Jasmine

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