Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Tribute

Hours upon hours of mom’s diligent lesson planning and teaching.  Learning to spell words like Pennsylvania, chauffeur and license.  Singing songs about the digestive system and tracing ourselves to create the anatomy of the human body.  Counting rubber frogs in early math.  Memorizing prepositions and times tables.  Literature read alouds.  Writing paragraphs for history.  Learning how to keyword by practicing with Aesop’s Fables.  Creating numerous history lapbooks about what we were studying.  Working through Algebra with dad.  Translating Latin stories and attempting to learn the declensions and conjugations.  Worldview discussions.  Learning how to refute secular philosophies. 

These are some of my memories from my 13 years of homeschooling.  My parents have accomplished the momentous task: their first child has made it from kindergarten through high school all from home.  Without their commitment, diligence, and work I would not be finished with high school today.  It seemed like that school yearbook I have filled out at the end of each year would take forever to complete.   And yet here I am, ready to fill its last pages out again, and for the last time. 

My mom especially has done an incredible amount of hard work that I can never repay her for.  Though my meager words can't accurately express the honor she deserves, today I would like to take the opportunity to thank her.  Mom, throughout the years you have sacrificed your time and energy to teach me, even though your efforts haven’t received the accolades and praise you so deserve.  Instead of looking for a job elsewhere you have been content to work industriously and attentively at home.  You never gave up when it was difficult, when I didn’t understand something or when I didn’t do what I was supposed to do.  Thank you for your commitment to your children and for fulfilling the biblical command to teach and train us.  Your choices will reap fruit for generations as your children seek to teach their children at home just as you have taught us.  Thank you!

*If you're a homeschooler, your mom does a tremendous amount of work each year in order to teach you.  Make sure you take the time to thank her for it!  :)