Blog Contributor, Family, Homeschooling

Fall Fun and Learning

The Fall season is my favorite season of the year. I love the cool weather, colorful foliage, eating vegetable soups and drinking hot teas. I’ve also grown accustomed to the hustle and bustle of returning to our full school schedule. We are already getting back to Beta Club meetings and twice weekly dance classes for my daughter.

There seems to be a never ending list of things to do. However, our family finds time to enjoy the last days of summer. One of our favorite activities is going to the local drive in theater to watch the latest movies. It only cost $15 per car and you get a double feature. You really can’t beat that price. In addition, there is a concession stand where you can get great snacks and fast foods. It is delicious and very reasonably priced.

Another activity that we enjoy is going to the local trade day on the weekends. We visited there this morning and found lots of goodies. We purchased a new airbrushed tag for the front of my car. My son and husband purchased hats. My daughter found some materials that she needed for her handbag business at a great price.

We bought some tasty cherries, a watermelon, peaches, and tomatoes. Most of all we enjoyed walking around and being together. My family is very close knit and we enjoy doing anything as long as we are together. We laugh and joke and just have fun being together.

As far as school goes, I am easing my kids back into our full schedule. For the month of August, I allowed my daughter to work on her handbag business. She is the owner of “Jazzie Handbags” a crochet and denim handbag business. She has been creating more handbags because she has a children’s business fair where she will be a vendor in October. So, she is very busy preparing for that event.

My son is preparing for his ACT in October. He is also working to complete a Google IT certificate through Coursera. So, that was their focus for the month of August. Now that we are in September, we are diving head first into our regular school schedule. My children are accustomed to our routine and it is not a difficult transition for us.

My scholars will be viewing the movie “Roots” this school year. My son is graduating, so I have delayed showing them this movie for as long as I can. The reason that I have delayed showing them the movie is because I just didn’t want to go through the emotions that I felt when I viewed it the first time around. Roots just stirs up a pain and a rage inside of me that is difficult to describe.

However, I feel that it is important for them to view the movie because I think it is as close as they will get to actually be able to understand the true horrors of slavery. They will go away to college where they will be taught that slavery really wasn’t that bad. They will be told that slavery existed all the way back to biblical times. I want them to understand that American slavery was a whole new level of brutality.

In closing, I want to encourage everyone to spread a little love around as we go about our daily lives. I know that it thrills my heart when someone holds a door open for me or just shows a little kindness. My husband and I make a practice of showing our kids how to be considerate of others.

We will stop and hold traffic so that a car can merge in from a difficult spot. We will allow people who have a few items at the grocery store to go before us at the checkout. We look at people and say hello as a friendly greeting. We take the shopping carts back inside of stores so that the workers don’t have to run all over the parking lot trying to gather them up.

May you be encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to show love and kindness to our fellow travelers.  A little kindness goes a long way. Have a great school year folks!

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