This is the last week of the 2019 summer holidays. Next week begins the new school year of 2019/2020. For some of us this means to start or to continue our homeschool adventure.
Yes, homeschooling is legal in Ireland. In the near future, I will go into more details about home education. Today I just wanted to share this short post for information purposes. If you are interested in homeschooling and already living in Ireland or thinking about immigrating to Ireland in the near future check out these two websites to gain further information:
While doing an online search on various food processors I was exposed to some shocking pictures. After typing in the brand names and model numbers of appliances the search engine offered me a list of links and short descriptions. I went through the first few and everything was fine. However, after clicking on one of the listed links in the search engine the annoying “You have just won...” window popped up. Shaking my head, I closed it. Then, after that window had closed, the browser kept reloading and reloading and finally opened a window filled with obscene pictures. This was the last thing I had expected! I was shocked. I closed the window, cleared all history, went offline, and shut down the computer.
Honestly? I have been naive lately. I went online thinking this is no big deal. I switched to a different browser and search engine again and adjusted a few of the security and privacy settings. I'm glad that it wasn't my husband or a child who sat at the computer when this happened.
Thanks to the internet, there are more possibilities then ever to attend courses. It offers a wealth of articles, dictionaries and other fine resources. It opens great opportunities to study online and from the comfort of our homes. Many homeschoolers are taking advantage enrolling their children in online correspondence schools, too.
We need to be aware of the danger the world wide web brings along.
One way to guard our children is to limit their time and online access at the computer and on their mobile devices and to watch over them. Move the family's computer to a place inside the home where more than one pair of eyes can see what is going on at the screen. It's hard to restrict internet time in an age when “everybody” carries around a mobile device, I know. According to their age, change the security and privacy settings on their mobile phones. Don't shy away. So what if you are being called uncool? It's better to guard them too closely than to find them being exposed to something (or someone) that will result in devastating consequences that they will have to live with for the rest of their lives.
Jeremiah 6:16 had been one of the first verses I had come across while doing a research on the socialization* of homeschoolers:
Thus says the LORD:
Stand in the ways and see,
And ask for the old paths,
where the good way is,
And walk in it;
Then you will find rest for your souls.
But they said, “We will not walk in it.”
For many, many years, parents were the ones who taught their own children before sending them off to university.
O yes, there were many families in which neither father nor mother were capable of teaching the young ones. Most of the wealthy families hired a private teacher; the children of the others, who had not been so fortunate, might have never learned how to read or write.
Martin Luther longed to see all children, rich and poor, receiving a decent education. Some will say that he was eager to make schooling compulsory for every child. His main goal, however, was not to see children in school but for them to be able to read God’s Word.
As I read through my daily Bible reading this morning, I have come across the following verse:
And Elijah came to all the people, and said,
“How long will you falter between two opinions?
If the LORD is God, follow Him;
but if Baal, follow him.”
But the people answered him not a word.
(1 Kings 18:21 NKJV)
Immediately, I was reminded of Jeremiah 6:16 and challenged myself: Am I wavering between two opinions? And, if so, when — for what reason/s — do I hesitate to follow the LORD?
*I’m planning to write more on home education and the socialization within the homeschool family in the near future. So please stay tuned.
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I'm a helpmeet, homemaker and writer. I was born and raised in Germany but I'm now living in the stunning Sunny South East of Ireland.