Horrible or Great?!
Author: Saleama A. Ruvalcaba, MATS
Covid just won’t seem to go away.
Every time we think we are turning a corner there’s more bad news. Numbers are going up. More people or I should say, households are contracting this virus. More businesses are facing tremendous hardships. And of course – traditional schools and more homeschool co-ops and tutorials are still not open or meeting in person. As of today our world looks pretty hopeless.
I am not sure if you’re a believer or not. If you’re not, I would encourage you to come to know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
God is not surprised by Covid!
God knows what our nation is going through.
God knows the timing and when this will come to an end.
We find rest and peace when we call upon His name.
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
So – the answer is – how do we continue to homeschool in faith, when homeschooling is such a challenge this school year?
The first thing to remember is that learning can be done is many creative ways. People learn through reading, singing, playing…etc.
Did you know that renown neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson was not a very good student growing up? His mother had only a third grade education, however she knew how very important learning was. She would make Ben Carson and his brother read two books per week and write a book report for her. With his mother’s influence of reading he developed into an avid reader and learner. Carson actually struggled initially in medical school because he could not understand and or learn sitting in class lectures.
So – he decided to read!
While in medical school he read medical books more often than attending lectures.
What does that tell you?
Carson grew up very poor. His single-mother only had a third grade education. Carson had a very bad tempter -he almost dropped out of medical school – but with every single obstacle – he rose to the occasion and today he is one of the greatest minds in America.
You and your child can RISE to the occasion too! Covid is not the deciding factor of their life. Learning is not stifled because of Covid. Learning can happen when we open our eyes to the amazing possibilities around us. We need tenacity and drive to achieve all we can achieve when we face obstacles!
Have you ever heard of Laura Bridgman? Most people have not. She predates Helen Keller, who we celebrate as well, but Laura Bridgman was too blind, deaf, and mute due to the Scarlet Fever and was the first blind and deaf person in the English speaking world to learn to communicate using finger spelling and writing words. She mastered reading and writing as a blind and deaf person!
While we complain today about how our children aren’t learning right now due to Covid, we must remember the remarkable achievements of people before us!
Consider your child. What are some of his or her strengths? How can you help them become successful in their strengths?
Learning can be done in amazing and creative ways. We just need to get out of our own way – think outside the box – seek God for guidance – and learn!
Most of us know famous toy maker, Milton Bradley. But did you know that Miton Bradley created a toy called the Historiscope?
Bradley had a love for learning and wanted to teach children. His American History Historiscope was a storytelling scope to teach children American History. Bradley knew that one of the best ways to teach children is through storytelling.
Are you telling your children stories of American History or any other subject? Or are you complaining daily about how hard this is? It is hard, but that’s when we learn to trust God. That’s when we learn to rely on His wisdom and not our own.
James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and will be given him.”
And you get a bonus – ME!
I had a very bad upbringing. I attended traditional school, barely graduated high school, and by the time I was in my early twenties I realized that I could not spell or write very well. Yet, I did not wallow in self-pity. I taught myself how to write and spell simply by reading books. I would sit at my desk at work and during my down time I would read spelling and writing books. I eventually went to Bible College and Seminary, while married and with five children – and continued school as a homemaker. I am not trying to boast. But – we must remember – Covid CANNOT stop learning unless we choose to allow Covid to stop us for learning.
We need to stop relying on systems and people – dig deep – and learn!
Obstacles will always be a part of life but learning does not have to stop. Learning can be fun and engaging. You have no idea if right now you are raising a world changer through this Covid obstacle.
As hard as it might be enjoy this season – and learn!
~Saleama A. Ruvalcaba, MATS
Need some ideas?
Museums, books, Zoo, documentaries, learning rhythm songs, memory learning songs, learning board games, (play as a family). Older students; Christian historian, David Barton has tremendous learning opportunities.
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