Home schooling at Yoder home
Today I keep my promise to educate you on home schooling.
OK, can you imagine those old fashioned tri-bottom plows? You know, the ones where you have a two horse team. The Belgians put on their harnesses and shoot for what they are worth; after they start a little, the earth rolls furrow after furrow as the soil is turned over.
Well, I had to think about that scene over and over again. You know the first week the plow slipped a bit over it, everything was new, the novelty of the new books and new routines was shining brightly.
On Monday of the second week, the plow was driven deeper. There was a slight pause as we all dug to pull our share of the load. We had new concepts, a kindergarten girl with bright eyes as she mastered rhyme to accompany her new sound, three-year-olds not so impressed to be sitting at their desks and a one-year-old. convinced he could help mom give away flash cards.
Then there was a teacher in love with each of her little students, but unsure of the greatest need right now!
This is life with us.
And you know horses need a break sometimes, so I try not to feel guilty about having Daniel with a kid or two with him for about an hour, which gives me a chance to have some course with fewer interruptions. Projects like Play-Doh or puzzles also prove to be good quiet times for the little ones, but even that requires constant supervision and assistance from this person called Mom.
If it were up to Austin, he might have math as his main diet in school. He does well at learning to read, but he doesn’t find it as exciting as counting money or adding big numbers. Julia does very well in her schoolwork and is very creative, with art ranking at the top of her favorites.
We welcome guests; in fact, Julia and Austin helped paint a picture of the visitors. If you have the opportunity to come this way, you will have a little paper sun to write your name on and put on a white and blue cloud saying, “Visitors add sunshine to our lives!” “
While we’re on the subject of clouds, maybe I should tell you how impressed I was with the brightest snow-white clouds on the morning Daniel had a meeting of men to finalize the plan for home schooling.
That morning, I randomly decided to sit on the porch steps for my time with God. As I gazed at the clouds, I could just feel the beauty of God’s promises for the next term at home.
I thanked God, well aware that it will be the pure grace of God to make this term a success with four pre-university students and a teacher who answered under the title “Mom”.
Now imagine how I felt several days later when I opened a packet of posters that my sister-in-law from Ohio had used for home schooling; large posters of white clouds came out, each carrying a promise from God!
Needless to say, I was amazed. Besides the big shining rainbow and the promising clouds, we want to create hot air balloon name charts for each of the six children. On the balloon part, there will be the message “Floating in the love of God”.
So here we are, as I write Julia is lost in a book about an adopted girl while the little boys are all listening. They will wake up anytime and be ready for an afternoon snack.
I’m a little short of afternoon snack ideas since trying to clean up our diets, leaving out sugar, dairy, and wheat. (I’ll say more about that another day.) Hosanna was sitting here next to me snacking on mini carrots with a homemade dip, which, along with popcorn, is probably what little boys will get. for their snack.
At this time of day I tend to feel a little anxious – ready for another day of school which will have to wait until the next morning, but for today I will take a deep breath knowing that the horses also need to rest.
Kids’ favorite after-school snack is the latest fiber balls we’ve designed to satisfy our chocolate taste buds. If you don’t have Stevia, you can substitute it with another sweetener of your choice.
Give it a try. You will be amazed at the flavorful and nutritional dimension of these treats.
Remember to note that items can be added or omitted to strike your personal taste buds!
Chocolate Yum Yum Balls
2 cups of oatmeal
¾ stevia teas (powder or liquid)
½ salt teas
1 vanilla tea
½ cup coconut oil or softened butter
½ cup of honey
½ cup of peanut butter *
½ cup of cocoa powder
½ cup chopped pecans
½ cup of sunflower seeds
½ cup of raisins
½ cup of chocolate chips *
½ cup of coconut flakes
Mix everything together and form balls with a cookie spoon or if you are in a rush (like most people on planet Earth) just press into a 9 inch mold. Refrigerate and enjoy! These also freeze very well for up to a few months.
Yield: 2 dozen bales
* I use peanut butter without sugar and chocolate chipsimage.gif
Gloria Yoder is an Amish mother, writer and housewife in rural Illinois. Readers can write to Gloria at 10510 E. 350th Ave., Flat Rock, IL 62427.