The best part of this neat homeschooling moment is it was brought to me by my public school son. We prayed and thought hard before we made the decision to let Caleb apply for admission to Summerlin Academy a military based charter school in a school program. Now as he approaches the end of his high school years I think that letting him go was really the very best decision we could have made for him and for the rest of us as well. This child has had an interest in a military career since he started 6th grade. He has always thrived when kept challenged and busy. This has been a very great fit for him.
I pick him up from school almost everyday. That short ride home gives us a chance to talk and for me to find out about his day. These really are special moments because there is something about discussion in cars that sometimes open up all kinds of doors to sharing. Okay so on to my special homeschooling moment. The other day when I picked Caleb up in school he said it drives him crazy at the number of times a teacher uses an expression in class and people have to ask what it means. We talked about how during his time homeschooling we would as a family and one-on-one have discussion on a variety of topics. He talked about how when we didn’t understanding something we learned to look it up. When we had an interest in all kinds of different things he was encouraged to look up and find out more. He said how great it was that he learned to pursue his passions even if they are “popular”.
I told him thank you for those words. Sometimes it’s nice to get some validation for what you do. You might not always see the success. It might not be something that can be measured on some kind of “academic” chart. But those seeds you plant, those learning opportunities, those discussions, well they do bare fruit. And sometimes you get to find out exactly how it ended up.