The Home School Court Report
No. 4

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by MaryAnn Gaver
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Laugh a Little!
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MaryAnn Gaver

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.

—Psalm 127:3

It’s been said that children laugh literally hundreds of times each day. I love the precious sound of children’s laughter, whether it’s at a family gathering or out at a park or playground.

Share Your Tips

This column is designed to feature teaching tips, encouragement, and advice from homeschooling parents.

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Although homeschooling can be quite difficult and serious at times, requiring lots of dedication and diligence, we parents need not go around with a somber, sullen, “woe is me” outlook. Children take their cues from us. The pressures of adult life will come soon enough, so let’s remember that children need to laugh, play, and simply enjoy being kids.

Here are a few gentle reminders:

  • Lighten up and warm up. Increase the warmth of your home with lots of hugs, true smiles, and genuine laughter.
  • See the blessing of ordinary, mundane days, and find pleasure in simple things. For us, occasionally having homemade cookies and milk around 3:00 p.m. is a real treat!
  • Be more playful with your kids.
  • Tell your children that you love them for who they are: “I love you just because you’re you!”
  • Finally, enjoy your kids. Just enjoy them.

MaryAnn Gaver and her husband, Jay, have been homeschooling their twin sons for seven years.

A Store for Everything

I had been working with my preschool daughter on phonics and reading because she did not want to feel left out of homeschooling with her older siblings. Doubts were arising in my mind as to whether or not she was understanding all the reading lessons. One day, as we were driving through town, we passed a car repair shop.

My daughter noticed the words Body Shop on the front of the building. Knowing that I struggle with back pain, she said, “Mommy, you could go to that place and get a new back!”

—by Sherry H. / Highland, IN

A Floating Conclusion

My 6-year-old daughter was quietly coloring at the kitchen table one day while I taught my 8-year-old son a science lesson on buoyancy. I asked my son if he would be buoyant in water. Would he be buoyant in rubbing alcohol? In which liquid he would be more buoyant?

My daughter looked up from her coloring and said firmly, “I want to be girlant.”

—by Debbie K. / Northwood, ND