The past week or two, we’ve had a few “fast” in the area of “smart devices” and TV. I think all the change in our life recently… the changing of our home three times in one year. From our Atlanta home, to the farm home, to now our current home. We have gotten a bit slack in the dept. of monitoring our kids “kindle time”… and therefore its become an issue. Our kids (the older 3) could seriously play their kindles for 3 hours straight if we let them. It seemed to be all they thought about… and we were constantly battling bickering spats between the boys. SO! We did away with them. The kindles are locked up in a secret location and I haven’t miss them a bit. Although, the 10 straight days of rain, did some what push us to let them have it “some…” since truly, after that many days inside, we ran out of stuff to do.
Still, less kindle time seemed to help the bickering.
I began reading a book this week called “For the Children’s Sake” by Susan Macaulay.
Wont lie, when I was told to read this book, I did not want to. I have been struggling a lot with our home school year this year… and questioning continuing it… and she just encouraged me to start that book. So, I cheated a bit and got it on Audible. Got to love Audible!! and that afternoon listened to two chapters (its only 5). It encouraged me. Even just those two chapters… and while some aspects of it seemed a bit foreign to me… I could see where lots of what she spoke about made total sense. The way we educate in society is completely different than what was encouraged in this book. I think because of that, it is sometimes hard for us to bend towards that… but after 5 years home schooling the way “a school” would expect me to… I am realizing it may not be the best method… and it may zap some of the natural creativity and joy out of the experience.
So, this week I hope to implement some changes to our school room… and methods… and while I don’t expect it to change over night. I do hope these changes will better the experience not only for me (who has dreaded almost every school day this year haha), but also enrich my children with fun days of school, rather than duty-filled and boring.
I am so so thankful for sunshine coming… I look forward to exploring some with the boys… and getting outdoors more. Letting them use those imaginations, rather than stare at a screen all day. I firmly believe children today watch way to much TV… and have way to much time in front of a video game… or iPad/Kindle. I for one have been guilty of it, big time!
So heres to staying strong throughout the bumps of home schooling these boys… and trying to remember why I do it… not to dwell to much on how I hate English… and sometimes wish I had a moment alone… Time goes fast…. and I would hate to get to the end of my home school journey, look back and have nothing but dread, stress and bad memories. It shouldn’t be that way….
Thanks for all the comments and encouragement on Instagram too. I greatly appreciate those who reach out to me… We all need that interaction, lifting up and pats on the back from others who get it.
To those curious what sort of screen time I will allow from here on. At least for a season. NO TV at all… Only books… I will probably allow Reed who is only 3 (a brand new 3), to watch a TV show while I school the boys some… but I want to limit his screen time some too… even if it means allowing him to paint and make a mess in the school room instead. On Friday I will let the kids have kindle or TV time. They will be able to choose to play together (nicely) for an hour or so… or they can watch movies together as a family. I also may allow a TV show on Saturday mornings too. As far as weekly kindle time/tv time, for them, its no more. At least until we can get into a groove of being kind… reading more… being creative. Playing outside… and so forth.
Childhood goes fast. Why spend it in one spot.