Welcome back to another week of Blogging Through the Alphabet with Annette from A Net in Time and myself! We are so glad to have you here! Do you blog? This is a great time for you to join us! There is no requirement to participate in the whole alphabet, that is up to you. But if you have a post that relates to our letter of the week, you are more than welcome to join us!
This week we are talking about the letter I. I have spent a lot of time thinking about this post. This included four drafts on four different words that were written and deleted. I have a notebook full of the alphabet, and ideas to write about each week, but this week was hard. I don't know why. Finding the word that was "just right" took a while, but I think I found it! I is for Impossible.
Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary defines impossible as:
- Unable to be done or to happen: not possible
- Very difficult
But I don't like this word, or this definition. Why? Because a lot of what we do in our homeschool should be labeled as impossible, especially these last few weeks!
Many people think that it is impossible to homeschool period. You must have a college degree in teaching and you need to excellent in all subjects. Ha! Not so much! You need to have the desire to give your child the best and rely on help when you need it. So far, I have done good with the homeschooling without a college degree in teaching, let alone a college degree at all! Not to mention that my children love the subjects that I never did and the ones I love, they don't.
It is impossible to homeschool with a baby/toddler in the house! Oh, really? No one told me that when I started homeschooling and had a toddler running around! And for some reason, it wasn't that big of a deal when Baby Girl was born. Yes, the kids had a few unexpected days off school until we got back into a routine, but we plan for this. And we homeschool on our schedule, so sometimes it must wait until naptime, but it gets done. Not to mention how much fun the girls have had as toddlers doing "school" with their bigger siblings. So far, we have made it with babies and toddlers and still homeschooled!
It is impossible to homeschool a child with special needs. Oh my, did you really just say that? My special needs child has thrived in the homeschool setting. We have seen the strengths and build on them. We see the weakness and work on those at a pace that works for us. We love the homeschool option because we can customize the learning to each child, special needs or not.
When a parent is sick or injured, it is impossible to consider homeschooling. Have you not been following this blog? We have dealt with a lot! And not just these last two months. Dad has been dealing with health issues for over two years now. During this whole time, we have had no issues continuing our lessons. We may have to adjust them, like I stated above with a new baby, but we still make it happen. Plus, we have extra hands on deck all day for when that parent, in this case dad, needs something and mom cannot get there in time. Homeschooling during a time like this has brought us closer as family more than anything else!
As I was trying to come up with an idea for this post, I heard the song What Faith Can Do by Kutless. There is one phrase in this song that speaks to me more than the rest every time I listen to it. That phrase is: "It doesn't matter what you've heard, IMPOSSIBLE is not a word. It's just a reason for someone not to try." This is something I remind myself of daily. If I didn't, I would not be homeschooling, I would not be blogging and I would not have the strength to get through the challenges of life. I need to remind myself, that I need to try. If I have not tried, I do not know what I cannot do.
What is one "impossible" thing that you have overcome and made possible?