I love many aspects of educating our children at home. I could go on and on. I love the freedom to learn what, when, and where we choose. I love that my children can learn together, developing their relationships with each other in special ways. I love library visits in the middle of the day and dropping everything to go on a picnic at lunchtime. But if I could pick the number one reason that I keep on homeschooling even through the squabbles and messes and meltdowns over the times tables, my favorite part of home education is being a witness to my children’s educational milestones–seeing the BIG THINGS as they happen, watching their faces as the light bulbs go on.
This week Charlotte wrote her name without any help. She’s been getting close for awhile, but she needed to copy the letters or be reminded of what came next. On Monday, she wrote it alone–no model, no reminder. I wasn’t surprised by her ability. I was taken off guard by her reaction (joy and pride) and her brothers’ jubilation! The process of learning new things is a joyful one–whether you are 6 weeks old or 106 years old. I feel such privilege to be able to see new things being learned by the people I love best. Sometimes–as Mom and Teacher–I play an important role in that learning. Sometimes it’s only between my child and God. Those are the most amazing to behold.