Socorro Gill - Confessions of a Mother's Heart
Motherhood, Education, Faith & Family
Letter of Intent
Home schooling in CA and CO requires parents to submit a “letter of intent” to home educate. They also have other more specific requirements, like how many hours of instruction per day, on average, and how often to give the child state required testing, if any.
As I was walking in my neighborhood earlier this week, I was contemplating all these things; and how if my husband and I hadn’t decided to keep them at home to teach them, would we still be intentional in our parenting and the teaching, of not only our local state requirements, but of God’s precepts?
I believe that we would have made sure our girls were well fed, clothed and had what they needed for their academic or school related activities. But, would we have taken an active role to teach them God’s law; read to them about other Christian heroes, not only from the bible, but from the last two hundred years or so, also; about the men, women and children who have gone before us to make our nation a relatively safe place to worship God, without having to be told we could only worship at a certain place, time or in a certain style.
(By the way, that is what the pilgrims started when they came out to the new “America”. I’m looking forward to being able to visit more of the historic places that are here in the East Coast; and for my girls to be able to see, taste and smell a little of the American Revolution, learn about Eastern Native American history, and learn about great inventors like Thomas Edison, by experiencing all of it for themselves, through museum visits and fun field trips, as the Lord provides!!)
I would have to honestly say, probably not. The journey from parenting to home schooling has taught us to read more and be prepared in order to enable our children to be productive citizens of this world. It has also taught us to pay more attention to what is being taught in the world of public and private education. We have learned to tailor our children’s education to reflect not only our educational and philosophical beliefs, but more importantly, our Christian faith!
There is no doubt that they would be learning about God. But, it would probably only be on Sundays or Wednesdays because we would most likely be super busy with extracurricular activities all the other days, that have to do with their public school. Not only that, but Troy and I would both probably be working full or part-time jobs. That would not leave us much room for “being” more involved in the molding or shaping of our children’s hearts.
More likely, they would be influenced by the culture of their school friends and peers in their Sunday school classes or other church related activities. Although I want my children to have peers in all those areas, I don’t necessarily want them to primarily be rooted and get their core nourishment from them.
Troy and I want them to be rooted in the one who can keep them standing when some of their peers are facing choices, causing them to fall and not be able to get up again.
I imagine we could’ve gone that way if my husband and I had doubted that we weren’t capable, with God’s guidance, through regular and earnest prayer, of leading our children to “know about God”, learn to walk, talk, eat and throw tantrums. Oh, wait! They would’ve already been able to do most of that on their own, wouldn’t they?
When Troy and I decided to home school, we thought it best to do that for a couple of reasons. First, we couldn’t afford private school and second, we wanted to be their first and most influential teachers. We figured, if they can learn to obey and honor us, then they can do the same outside the home; honor and respect their elders and love their enemies (we’re still working on it!). I have met many people, and know some personally, that don’t want to do that because they say it’s too difficult for them.
Why? Where would they get such an idea? Oh, that’s right, they live with their children. We understand. We live with our children too! Troy and I understand that it’s not easy, but we have chosen to do that anyway because we want to be able to give our girls a strong and firm foundation; a foundation that is steady and cannot be swept away when the storms of life come blowing through. As Jesus died to himself to give eternal life to all who call on him, Troy and I have chosen to die, daily, to ourselves so that our girls can have a strong biblical foundation and choose to follow Jesus and gain eternal life.
The bible documents what Jesus said about facing troubles in our lives in this world; He plainly said that we will have troubles in this world, but we can take heart in Him, because He has overcome the world (John 16:33).
In the end, what’s going to count most in our children’s lives, wherever God steers them, is whether or not they can remain faithful in their spiritual walk with God in the midst of the troubles they “WILL” face.
It will come down to “WHO” they know, not necessarily “WHAT” they know. And, the one they know will help them in times of trouble, so they in turn can also help others in need. (2 Corinthians 1:4) That is my ultimate goal as a mom of faith!
I want to challenge you with the following, if you’re up for it:
If you don’t “home school” your children, for whatever reason you are convicted not to, why not commit to “submit a letter of intent” to God, to home “educate” your child, according to God’s word?
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.” Psalm 111:10
In reality, that is our intent in our home school. We have not only sent in our letters of intent, regularly, to our home state, when necessary; abided by the specific rules on what subjects to teach, to home school our children, but we have also intentionally committed to train our children in the way they should go, so when they are old, they will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6, NIV).
P.S. You don’t have to “home school” to raise healthy and faithfully grounded children in the Lord. So, don’t feel pressured. Follow your heart according to God’s will for your family by prayer and supplication.
To learn more about how to have a relationship with God, through Jesus Christ, visit http://peacewithgod.net
John 14:6 "Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (NIV)
Before I home schooled I arrogantly thought it was a lot of head knowledge and at least a college degree. I went to a university and acquired my B.S. in Leisure Studies and Recreation (best degree ever!). I had proof that I was an educated individual. After radically encountering God, as a young married woman; and yet again after giving birth to one of my children, and after a couple of years of "educating" her at home, I discovered a more profound truth. Knowing facts doesn't make a person educated. Knowing the Truth and applying it when necessary, daily, does.
Proverbs 2:6 says,"For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding." (NIV)
Watch this video to see us struggle while playing in the mixing pot to prep the clay. It was a highlight of our day. So fun!!!
Thanks for virtually visiting Washington, D.C. and Colonial Williamsburg with us. To learn more about future adventures or get insights for living faithfully amidst a broken world, visit my blog at www.4gillgirl.wordpress.com.
We got to ride on the same horse drawn carriage as Queen Elizabeth and tour the town in style!
The whole family went on a "Rev-Quest". We gathered clues, deciphered secret messages, and eventually, saved the Revolution in this popular alternate-reality spy game. The girls really enjoyed that the most of all the three days we were at Colonial Williamsburg!
After all that walking, before we got back on the tour bus, we bought lunch at a snack bar. While I was eating my very messy, but delicious, foot long, chili-cheese hot dog, I felt something on my forehead...it was a present from someone perched on a branch above. That's right, I got plastered, but it was the funniest and most memorable thing that happened to me on the trip!! I couldn't help but laugh it off. That's life sometimes.... it happens.
We walked through the Mall and visited the Jefferson Memorial and posed with some statues of the Roosevelt family.
We went from the hotel, underground, to the train, to catch our tour bus to D.C.
Memorial Day Weekend in Washington D.C. and Williamsburg, Virginia 2015
Battle of Bound Brook
Living History Weekend at the Abraham Staats House in
Bound Brook, New Jersey
We got to attend a re-enactment on actual Battle of Bound Brook ground of Cornwallis and Ewald’s assault and toured the Abraham Staats House on Saturday, April 11, 2015.
This is the first of many, hopefully, more opportunities to learn about the Revolutionary War while we are out in New Jersey. Below are some of the pictures I took. Enjoy!
To learn more about the battle go to: http://staatshouse.org/battleofboundbrook/BBBMap2015.html.
The caterpillars came in this 8 ounce cup and I had to transfer each one into a really teeny tiny cup. That was no small feat for me!
Somebody has a great idea to get their Junior Ranger Park Patches! All three girls are sworn in to protect their parks whenever they visit any of them throughout the United States.
Pictures from left to right, The Black Maria (pronounced Muh-rye-uh) is the first movie studio; next is our youngest daughter playing with the "touch" display, center picture is of the girls walking through the 2nd floor of Edison's lab. The last two photos are of Edison's library.
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
August 7, 2015
Fall Home School Projects 2016
Thomas Alva Edison Field Trip
West Orange, New Jersey
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Spring Home School Projects 2016
We're studying the Middle Ages for History by utilizing 3 resources to compliment each other.
1. Scrapbook of Sights
2. Story of the World by Susan B. Weiser
3. Sir Ivan Hoe Book
These pictures show the "Marzipan" we worked with because this was very popular during the time period. You could be creative and eat it too!
We had fun making things, but the kids didn't think it was very tasty, compared to our Halloween candy.
We love butterflies! So, we ordered a classroom set of 33 and are watching them grow, as we speak! We had so many that we decided to give 3 to our elderly neighbor. She had never seen the transformation process and was happy to adopt them. We'll be checking in on her to make sure they get transferred into the butterfly net after they come out. So much fun to share with our neighbors!!
Edison's Laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey
Scroll to bottom to see more photos of recent fun and educational activities in 2016-2017!
Troy and I enjoying each other while the girls learn something new at Ellis Island. Love and Marriage go together like Home and Education!
The girls and I enjoying the view and ride on the Ferry to and fro!
All of the Painted Lady butterflies were released by Sunday, April 24 successfully!