Teach to the WHOLE child

“Do you realize that if you push a child too hard it can do a lot more harm than a poor grade!” ~ Ms. Crump, Opie’s Teacher, Andy Griffith ๐Ÿ’–

This quote came up in my memories today. As a homeschool family, I have always known that grades aren’t everything in the scheme of learning. Spiritual health, emotional health, physical health, social health, and academics all have unique characteristics in each of our children. How we balance assessing these areas is equally important.

Interesting reading this nugget from Ms. Crump with the lens of a college sophomore, 8th grader, and two 5th graders. Our diamonds all have different seasons, different needs, and different abilities, yet God requires parents to do the best they can, equipping and training them in all. Defining the how’s, why’s, when’s and what’s of “push” is the key to developing a great relationship with our children in every season. Pray for God’s guidance as we grow in executing these areas without leaving others undone!

Nuggets from Andy Griffith ๐Ÿ’–

As we contemplate ๐Ÿค” another school year under new โ€œpandemicโ€ ๐Ÿ˜ท circumstances, let us not forget that our “students” are still children and need a fair balance of academics, play, problem solving, conflict resolutions, and discussionโš ๏ธ. Being at home will never replicate a 6-hour day of public school๐Ÿ“†; instead, it should be rich with reading๐Ÿ“š, writing๐Ÿ“, discussion๐Ÿ“ข, critical thinking ๐Ÿค”, and more. Change your thinking ๐Ÿ’ญ about what learning looks likeโ€ผ๏ธHomeschool wonโ€™t fit into the 6-hour box that most families are used to ๐Ÿคฃ. Seize smaller moments of in-depth conversation as your students (big or small) mature right before your eyes. Time waits for no one ๐Ÿ•ง, so make the best of those small opportunities ๐Ÿ’–. Before you know it, these precious moments add up to a lifetime of love, learning, memories, and growth ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ’•! The children are learning from us how to persevere or how to give in๐Ÿค“! Which will we choose to be our legacy? #togodbetheglory#deut6#parentteacher#conversationsbuildmemories

Welcome to my new blog: Growing Sunflowers

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity.” ~ Brene Brown

For a long time, it’s been suggested and I have finally made the time to do it! I mean…why not? I’m taking a break from directing other’s kids this year, so I can dedicate some much-needed time to my four sunflowers and other endeavors. One of those endeavors is this longing I have to write…not necessarily for anyone, any specific topic, or for financial means, but to write as healing and strength for myself and encouragement for others.

Jamia E.
Christian. Wife. Mother. Educator. Model. Actress.

Lord, give me the wisdom to navigate through this life all to your glory. 

James 3:13-18

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