Thursday, October 08, 2009

5 Lil Chicks...



There once was a Mother Hen who wanted to raise her chicks in the way of the Lord. She wanted to raise healthy chicks fed on the very best wheat and the plumpest worms available. She wanted her chicks to be smart and wise and hard workers. She prayed, she listened, she heard. What did she hear her God say? "Homeschool."
Could she do it?

Homeschool seemed way out of Mother Hen's league and way beyond her abilities, but she felt God calling her to it so she studied and studied all kinds of books like: Let's Have Healthy Chicks and Dare To Disclipline Your Chick and You Can Teach Your Chicks at Home. She listened to Focus on the Family and to a couple dubbed The Grandparents of Homeschooling, Dr. Ray and Dorothy Moore. Little by little, Mother Hen became convinced that this lifestyle could be had if Papa Rooster thought it best too. And he did.
So they did.

The 5 Lil Chicks sat under their mother's wing day after day and learned all the Important Things that she and Papa Rooster deemed necessary. There were days when the chicks didn't want to learn to read or do their math. There were days when the only thing the Lil Chicks wanted to do was to play outside or peck at each other. Mother Hen thought she was never going to teach them a thing. But she pushed on, one day at a time, keeping her lessons short and sweet and giving her healthy chicks lots of time in the sunshine and fresh air. Papa Rooster gave his chicks work to do which made them strong and he taught them fine lessons too. They hoped their chicks would thrive.
And they did.

As the chicks grew in wisdom and stature, Mother Hen knew that one day they would each have to fly the coop and find their own way in the Big World. She taught them in the way they should go according to the Good Book and she tried to direct the chicks' studies after their particular interests with hopes that they would do well on their own, but ultimately the chicks would have to work hard and diligently. Would they be wise enough to fly on their own?
Yes, they would!

Nowadays Mother Hen and Papa Rooster have only one lil chick left at home. Mother Hen is still encouraging her chick in the way he should go, still hunting for delicious worms to serve him, and looking for the perfect books just for him so he, too, will grow in wisdom and stature just like his chicklings. After all this time Mother Hen decided it was time to share some of her thoughts and ideas with other Mother Hens who want to teach their own lil chicks at home.
So she did.

Five Lil Chicks

8 comments:

  1. Wow Jody -- I love your new site! It makes me wish I still had little chicks at home!

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  2. Oh, I'm so happy to hear about this! And what a sweet way to introduce it ;-). I'll be reading...

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  3. I can't wait to sit down and read the new site. I love homeschool stories, though I don't homeschool myself (it's tempting, and I will if the boys ever grow unhappy at school, but my introvert tendencies make me fear I wouldn't get the boys out and about enough for their own good). I'm looking forward to reading about your experiences.

    frances

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  4. What a good and smart mother hen you are xoxoxo Clarice

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  5. Well said!! I enjoyed that. You are so creative in words as well as everything else you do!!!
    I'll be checking your new venture.

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  6. I love it... What a smart Mother you are.
    good to know the old songs I sung in school /home/church are still around. Good memories.

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  7. Thimbleanna,
    I'm just grateful I have a grandchick around because going back to these articles makes me wish for lil chicks again.

    Laura,
    Thanks for your encouragement!

    Left-handed Housewife,
    Living way out in the boondocks did not give our kids a lot of opportunity to "get out" but I guess that they got enough socialization and enough living with their siblings cuz they're all social people as adults.

    Storybook Woods,
    From one smart mother hen to another!

    Diana,
    Thanks for you kind words.

    Grandma Elsie,
    I know that the good ol' tunes are not well known these days, but I was intent upon keeping them alive in our own home. It's been a blessing.

    Jody

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  8. Yay, Jody! The homeschooling world has just gained a treasure of a mentor who will give a wealth of good, common-sense help. It is *so* good that you're doing this!

    No chicks left here, either, but I'll still be reading (and sending my own children your way)!

    Susan

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