Any Asian American homeschooling families?

I’m obviously new to blogging and really don’t “follow” many bloggers either.  But I do read a few select bloggers because, well, they are pretty awesome and very helpful.  Yet, I’ve often wondered… are there any Asian American homeschooling families out there that blog?  I mean, I am a Korean American homeschooling mom, but I can’t call myself a blogger.  I’ve done a few google searches and Korean American mom bloggers are often about cooking and kimchi.  Well, I love food and I love kimchi (when someone else makes it for me) but really, if there are any Korean American – or any other Asian American – homeschooling mom/dad bloggers out there, I would love to find them and see what they are doing and how they are doing things… about how their families respond to homeschooling (a very weird concept to Koreans and very rare among Korean Americans as well, at least around where we are) and how they incorporate culture and Korean heritage into their homeschooling experience.

Are there any?

Remember Who You Are

I always imagined that motherhood would be like the Sound of the Music – that I would lead my children into all beauty, truth and goodness with singing and dancing on the beautiful Alps or something like that.

Then I actually became a mother.

Somehow, my oldest has turned 7, and I am still a yelling mother.  I really don’t want to yell at the children.  I know they are created in the image of Almighty God, I know they are loved by God and I love them too.  If I say, “I won’t yell at them again!” I simply put myself under the law and then well, “law” does its work and creates in me all the more desire to just yell.

But how do I tap into the grace of God and His strength?  How do I discipline and train my children in righteousness in the midst of their ugly bickering, lashing out at each other and greedy and selfish behavior?

But also… what makes me want to yell at their brokenness?  As if I think they can just stop it themselves?  Can I just stop my sinfulness?  Can I just stop being selfish myself?  Can I just stop in my brokenness just because somebody gets mad at me?

No – I can’t and they can’t.  We need God’s grace, as cliche as that sounds.  I need Jesus’ resurrection power that enables me.  I need Christ’s strength made perfect in my weakness.  I need to remember all this, at the very moment the ugliness happens.  I need to remember God and who I am and who they are – bought by Jesus’s blood, freed from sin and brought into His righteousness through Jesus’ resurrection.  Prince and princesses of the Almighty God.

Will this mean I will stop yelling at them?  No – but I have His grace when I fall.

2016-2017 School Year Read Alouds

(Beethoven: age 6, then 7, Magical: age 5, Batman: age 3, then 4)

Ramona the Brave – Beverly Cleary

Ramona the Pest – Beverly Cleary

Abel’s Island – William Steig

Little House on a Prairie – Laura Ingalls Wilder

Half Magic – Edgar Eager

Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

Amber Falls – S.D. Smith

Pinocchio – Carlo Collodi

Trumpet of the Swan – E.B. White

Pipi Longstocking – Astrid Lindgren

The Railway Children (audiobook) – E. Nesbit

Family Under the Bridge (Christmas story)

Peter Pan – James Barrie

Velveteen Rabbit – Margery Williams

George Muller – Benge

The Black Star of Kingston – S.D. Smith

Strega Nona – Tomie de Paola

Owl Moon – Jane Yolen

Roxaboxen – Alice McLerran

The BFG – Roald Dahl (audiobook)

Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Atwater

The Silver Chair – C.S. Lewis

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June:

 

Slow Down

With the delivery of a new Little Tim book (by Ardizzone), Batman all excited for me to read it to him, I read it to all three in the few minutes left before their swim classes begin.  But as the book is lengthier than just the few minutes I had and as it neared swim class begin time, I began rushing the reading and when Magical asked to read each caption, I showed annoyance at having to slow down and “lose time” fearing not finishing the story before the class began.

WELL.  What benefit is there if I just rush through and finish it?  Do I get to check it off somewhere and feel a sense of accomplishment?  Accomplishing what?  For whom?

Thankfully, I recognized what I was doing and quickly slowed down.  We didn’t finish, they went off swimming with this unfinished story in the back of their minds.  We will pick it back up later – and hopefully, then, after the unfinished story brews in the back of their minds for a time, and when the resolution finally comes, the beautiful story will actually have time to reach their souls.  Even if not, we got to enjoy a nice leisurely time of reading and bonding.  So all is well.

Slow down.

About this Blog

Hi!  I’m Seonju – and this blog is mainly for me to just reflect on my life as a homeschooling teacher, mom, wife and daughter of God Almighty.  It’s also for me to record some of the things we do in our homeschool – sort of as a semi-record keeping.  I don’t expect many people to visit, but if you are visiting… welcome and hope you are blessed today!