We have wrapped up our Hanukkah studies and are prepping for the next set of holidays. As a final Hanukkah hoorah our Co-Op enjoyed some Hanukkah themed stories today, after reading a bit of the stories I quizzed the kids on some Hanukkah facts. As I was rounding out the questioning, I asked who lead the Jewish people to victory. While the older kids were thinking about it Child #2 piped up “Judah Maccabee!”.

This was greeted with high fives and cheers of celebration. Then it hit me, they really are listening. Even when it seems like they are miles away, when the days don’t ever seem like they will end, when I‘m pulling out my hair, digging through resources, trying to figure it all out. They are listening… to every story, every explanation, every clever idea or catch phrase I create or borrow to help teach. In one really special moment Child #2 helped confirm that I can do this, WE as a family can do this for the long haul. It won’t always be easy, but they will be listening.

Now to just ensure that what they are hearing are things I always want repeated. ;)

Copyright(c)2010 Rayven Holmes


  1. YeSSSSSS! That was so awesome!!!

    What will be not so awesome is when he throws out the F bomb because Ms Melonie said it during the reenactment of the Ex stories..... *blush* Sorry 'bout that one!

  1. Children are like sponges - absorbing your stories, lessons, and even your enthusiasm towards learning. The fact that they're listening means that you are successful as a teacher, and a parent - and they are open to accepting your knowledge and influence.

    Happy Hanukkah and I wish you continued success with your homeschooling.


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