Monday, August 23, 2010

Homeschoolers Appreciation {day 2}

Today for the homeschoolers appreciation blog party, Eden is guest posting. :)

Hey there! My name is Eden and I'm 16 years old. I'm a homeschool student and soon-to-be homeschool graduate. I'm the eldest child of two, wonderful Christian parents and I have two sisters, Sara (age 13), and Leah (age 11) and a little brother Jude (age 10). Our family lives on a Christian resort in Bermuda along with our two kitties, Onyx & Opal.

I've been homeschooled since I started school at age 4. Actually, I've never been to any public or private school. It's been a joy to be taught by my Mom and I'm looking forward to graduating at the end of this year!

But why did my parents decide to homeschool us anyway? Well, Dad & Mom decided to homeschool us because they believed that was God's will for our family. I'm so happy they've taken the time to give us the education they believe God wants for us. And nearly twelve years later, we're still on this journey called homeschooling. Day after day, we learn valuable life lessons as we help Mom around the home, go out with Dad on business, or help a little sister learn about fractions or multiplication. God has blessed Mom with wonderful teaching skills and she's always weaving spiritual life lessons into our secular classes.

And with home schooling, we enjoy having the flexibility to take a day off for a field trip or will spend the afternoon helping Dad with his architectural business. I personally enjoy being able to work at my own pace --another advantage of home schooling. When I come across a concept in school that's difficult or challenging, I'm able to slow down and think through all the steps carefully without feeling rushed to keep up with other students. And if I'm doing well in another subject, I can accelerate in that area. Of course, we also enjoy having more free time! Our lessons usually end around lunch time so we have the afternoons free to learn homemaking skills, practice our instruments, or read a book!

We use a Christian, Bible-based curriculum, and it's a joy to learn about our world and the Creator who made it. Social Studies would probably be my favorite subject because I love learning about people and cultures; and I find the way people live their lives in other parts of the world intriguing. But if I was allowed to have another favorite, Biology would be a close second. It's fascinating to learn about just how the human body works! Truly we are "fearfully and wonderfully made"! I'm praying about studying to become a nurse after I graduate from homeschool so I can use my love for people and culture as well as my fascination with biology to help others stay healthy.

Homeschooling is about learning at home and being taught by loving parents in an atmosphere that encourages everyone to follow after Christ and "study to show [ourselves] approved unto God" . I'm truly grateful to my parents who have taken the time to homeschool me and carefully guide me through each school year. These years spent under their instruction, guidance and care will be sure to have a lasting impact on my life.
{this photo belongs to Eden} 
My name is Eden and I am sixteen years old.
I'm the eldest child of two wonderful parents and big sister to two sisters (Sara age 13, Leah age 11) and one brother (Jude age 10).
My siblings and I are home schooled and have been all our lives.
My primary goal in life is to glorify my Maker and fulfill His will for my life.
As a stay at home daughter, I enjoy helping my Mom around our home and learning homemaking skills along the way.
My desire is that you will be blessed and encouraged by reading about my life as we all continue to grow in Him.
Growing in Him"I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore." Psalm 86:12

Please visit Eden's lovely blog, Growing In Him. Just click the button over there -->. :)  Thank you for guest posting, Eden!!  I hope everyone else enjoys reading your post just as much as I did. :) 

Be sure to check out Bleah's post of the day!! :)

4 Greetings from Elven Friends

Stephanie said...

I second that!


♥Bleah♥Briann♥ said...

Thats awesome... I think Aly did a lovely job on my blog too. But I got this not very nice comment... I don't know. :/ everyone else seemed to like it! :)
I don't think I follow Eden, I'll have to go check her out.
With Love and Blessings,

Katie Wegner said...

How did you get your profile picture to be big? if you could tell me , I'd be really grateful :)

Eldarwen said...

Katie, I'll come to your blog and tell ya, but I'll also answer your question here, just in case anyone else is wondering. :)

I actually took off my "about me" gadget, then loaded my profile pic into a picture gadget and titled it About Me. Then under that I did a text gadget with my profile info. :) So, I didn't really change my profile picture and make it bigger. I don't think you can do that. At least, I've never seen it done. :)