Weekly Reader hardback
Benjy and the Barking Bird
By Margaret Bloy Graham
Weekly Reader Children's Book Club Edition
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 79-129856, Standard Book Number #06-022080-5
Used hardback book in very good condition. There is one page with a crease and one page with a turn the page tear.
Brenda's Buttons, Books & Such
Beautifully illustrated children’s book. Timeless simplistic style and the colors are very appealing.
Used vintage hardback children’s book. This book is in very good condition, There are only slight smudges on the cover and a penciled notation on the inside back cover.
Copyright 1974 by Wayne Carley, Gerrard Publishing Company, ISBN #0811660567
I thought it would be helpful to update from my first post until "now". We are still a homeschool family 23 years later. I ended up having 9 children. The summer my oldest daughter was married I was pregnant, I miscarried and that was that. I haven't been pregnant since. I suppose that is God's way of moving me into a new season.
I have 8 grandchildren now. I still have 4 children at home. Two are in college and two I still teach. They are in 7th and 11th grade. So I do have an end in sight as far as my own personal home school adventure.
We ended up having 4 boys and 5 girls. This is where we are "now" Our oldest girl (31), graduated homeschool, received her C.N.A. certificate, has 4 children, now works in lab and is a huge help in the business and the family. Our second oldest girl (29), graduated homeschool, received her Paralegal degree, worked in law firms and now is a stay at home mom with 4 children, also a tremendous help in the business. Our third oldest girl (27), graduated homeschool, moved to New York, married and became a graphic designer, and is now back here in the state, works for Campus Crusade, great help with the web part of the business. Our fourth oldest boy (25), graduated with his GED diploma through the state and is working on finishing his AA, I believe he will be the next great inventor! Our fifth child girl (23), graduated homeschool, received her AA in Christian Leadership in Louisiana, has married and moved back here because they recently lost all in the Louisiana flood. They are working on rebuilding their lives. Our sixth child boy, would be (20), was killed in an accident two years ago, at the age of 18. He had just graduated homeschool when it happened and was going on to be a pilot in the Air Force. Such a tragedy for a family to have to deal with. Our seventh child girl (18), graduated home school this year and is now at the local community college working on her AA, is a violin teacher and is working on furthering her violin level. Our eighth child a boy (16), in 11th grade in homeschool, and he is a blue belt in karate. Our ninth child a boy (13), in 8th grade in homeschool, also a blue belt in karate. Our last child was born on our 20th anniversary. Our God definitely has a sense of humor!
When I was younger I used to count the years until I would be finished schooling. It gets tough sometimes, this commitment I made to home school, as I am sure you are finding out. Each one of you have made this choice for a reason. The tough times are when you need to remind yourself of what that reason is. I think part of my choice was the school choice we had available at the time. I wasn't pleased with the public school system at the time and it was to expensive to put that many children in private school. The second reason I schooled them was because I wanted to have a family that was close. I wanted children that had relationship with each other and were best friends. I have to say at this end of the journey I have seen the fruit of that. My children would bend over backwards to help each other if needed. They are close, very close. Don't get me wrong, they would get into the normal childhood squabbles. But, as mom I would not let them, hit, pinch or say mean words to each other. I think my biggest rule was "Keep your hands, feet and all other objects to yourself". Then if there was a quarrel they had to apologize to each other and say I forgive you. So in part I think that helped foster a respect between the siblings.
It has not been an easy journey. I do not want you to look at me and say she seems to have it all together, because that is not so. We are not perfect and we do not have a perfect solution to life's problems. Homeschooling will not protect you or your family from the woes that life has to give. That is a false perception that I had when I was a young mom. It will however, prepare them to handle it in a mature way that I haven't seen in most families. I am speaking out of experience. We have had a few very tough situations come at us and we have come out scarred, but we have come out. The children now are closer than ever. God has a way of restoring, as only He can.
I share this to let you know, the investment in your children and homeschool is a long term investment. Sometimes you do not see fruit from it for a long time. Because I am on the other side of schooling and I am almost done I can tell you, you will see good fruit from this and it is worth the time and effort you put into it.
I felt it fitting to start my first post with why I chose homeschooling.