Father’s Day is right around the corner! I found this wonderful idea for cupcakes. They look pretty simple to make we’ll see! Check out this cool blog for more: Father’s Day Cupcakes
**Free Event** Looking for something to do with your family? William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, FREE FOR ALL, to neighborhood parks across Chicago. Check out the site to locate the dates and parks: Shakespeare in the Park
Also, check out Chicago’s Learning Opportunities: Chicago Summer of Learning I found it works when I use the Mozilla browser. There are so many learning opportunities!!
See you at the Park!
Yesterday after my meeting with the area chief I was reminded (once again) that I need to love more. Even the more difficult people. Although not always easy we should not give up on people. Some make it very difficult for us to love them but it’s truly not about us. Some carry a pain that is so deep they don’t even realize how much it affects their lives because it’s been hidden for so long. Instead of being so easily offended how about being a friend that can walk through life with the person so their pain can be revealed, dealt with, and healed. I choose to be that person today not to give up even when it becomes difficult for me because I know as I lean on His Strength I can be a person that makes a difference!
I’m so excited about starting homeschooling that I can’t wait for this school year to end. School ends in about three weeks and it’s very busy. I still have a lot of work to finish up with parents, year end activites and parties.
Today, I have a meeting with the network chief to discuss some issues at our school and the lack of support from their office. I will be so happy when I don’t have to deal with these issues and focus on my family. I have to say though that the experiences I gained in the last three years will last me a lifetime. I also gained a wonderful friend as I worked along side a wonderful woman, Mrs. Winston, a parent advocate. She loves the children and gives so much of herself to the parents of the school and in the community. She is one of the most unselfish women I have met. She often gives too much and I am hoping this summer she takes time out for herself and learns a little about healthy boundaries. Her greatest strength is also her greatest weakness. But she taught me a lot these past few years.
Her and I worked hard on a lot of the issues at the school. We went through a process that was designed to move our school to the next level but soon it was taken over by our area. Although the process ripped our school into pieces it showed me a lot of what I didn’t know about schools in general and the need to fight to get what we needed. Out of this process we created a Parent University. Parents are able to take classes at the school and we built up the volunteer base.
It has been disheartening at times to see how different groups of people from different races, cultures, and economic background have a level of entitlement when it comes to access to excellent education. And also stomp on the rights of other parents and children for the sake of their own agenda. But the system allows those with power and status to speak louder than and those that are uneducated and poor. They get invited to the behind the door meetings and make decisions that effect an entire community. Sadly, most of these people have no clue what the other group of parents even go through on a daily basis. The same folks that fought to get a new school built are now fighting to get resources into our school because they realized that they still need a neighborhood school. Could you imagine what our school would have looked like if all those resources were poured into our school? On the flip side the parents and community quietly allowed others to dictate the fate of their children.
This is part of the reason that we decided to homeschool our children. Our school is on it’s way to becoming a high achieving school and my boys have done well. But it’s a system issue and I can not fix the system in the twelve years that my boys will be done with school. It’s too high of a cost.
I may not be an educator by career but I know that the Lord will give me all the wisdom, strength and support I need to teach my boys what they need to learn. Most importantly and even more exciting is all the precious time I get to spend with them!
Hope you are having a great day!
All of the information on Homeschooling is so overwhelming. It’s wonderful to see all the wonderful blogs and websites available as sources of information. I’m still trying to sort through all of it. I have a 4 year old that I have to decide if he is going to do Preschool or Kindergarten and a 7 year old going into second grade. I’m confident this is what the Lord wants me to do and and I am going to rely on His Strength! So off we go!