Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG
September 25th, 2007
Three Cheers for Dippy


Today we finally had a break thru.  Dippy – all by himself – spelled: bat, mat, and sat.  Whooo hooo!


It really is amazing how very very very different each one of my learners progress.  I have three so-called ‘over’ achievers and three so-called ‘under’ achievers.  If we were in the government school system, I do not have any doubt that one of them would be pressured to get on heavy meds for hyperactivity, and one of them would have flunked two or three grades and no doubt picked up several titles like ‘learning disabled’, ‘dyslexic’ or worse.  My other three have skipped ahead several grades and breeze thru their studies without breaking a sweat.  Yet they are pretty near clueless about their academic loftiness because it’s not something we focus on.  The last thing I want are insufferable brainy-little-show-off-know-it-alls with an "I’m smarter than you" attitude. gross. We simply celebrate individual achievements in regards to set goals — not ‘education levels’, if that makes sense.


All this to say, I am *very* glad that we homeschool.  My ‘under’ achievers don’t really even have a clue that they would be considered as “behind”.  We approach school with little (to no) emphasis on what grade they are in, and our school days in general are very casual, very relaxed and for the most part, we all learn together sitting in the living room while I read out loud (learning as much as they are). 


My philosophy and goals for education are these:  I don’t want my kids to hate learning.  I want learning to be as natural as everyday living.  I want education to be part of who they are… not ‘what they have to do’ for a set period of time.  And second, my philosophy of education is that as long as I am seeing a marked progress in my students, I am satisfied with my school year. They are all learning and growing and excelling in different areas.   I’ve been doing this for about 12 years (which is not that long) and I have really seen first hand how learning comes in clusters and bursts. Children learn different things in different ways and at different times.  And when education is forceful and unnatural, life becomes dreadful and stressful for the entire family (believe me, I’ve tried it that way, too. shudder shudder). 


I figure the best model for brilliant pioneering independent clear thinkers are the students from early America.  They worked hard, VERY hard, alongside the family.  There were not the distractions and peer groups and temptations to be utterly lazy and useless.  The corn had to come in.  The animals had to be tended.  The bread had to be made.  The firewood had to be cut and ready for the woodstove.  If neglected, the whole family would suffer.  Life is education – and it is most certainly enjoyable when it is being done together, as a family.


Anyways, just thought I would share how happy all of us Igs were to see that phonics light bulb flicker on above little Dippy’s head.  It is so FUN when all of a sudden something clicks.  He is one excited boy, and we are all excited with him.

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  1. Anonymous said,

    on September 25th, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    "Staying True to Self?" TOS Spring/07

    Dear Jen,

    I just obtained a copy of the Spring Issue of TOS Mag. (I've never had a copy in my hands until Dena W. blessed me with this one!!) ANYWAY, I just read your editorial and I felt like jumping up and down and shouting out AMEN! (But I controlled myself! LOL!) This article is SO needed. I mean, I definitely have NOT "arrived" in the "perfectly-controlled-emotions" camp, but this is the message I've felt like shouting from the rooftops – both in church and outside. KEEP SPEAKING IT! PLEASE! I feel both convicted and encouraged, challenged and inspired. THANK YOU! (By the way, I couldn't have read the article on a better day, if you know what I mean!)


  2. Anonymous said,

    on September 25th, 2007 at 3:37 pm

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    This post reminds me to be thankful we homeschool for many of the same reasons you mention. Everyone works at their own pace. No pressure! (Except when my braniac daughter responds, "Uuuum, I'm not sure," when someone asked her what grade she's in! 7th!! You're in 7th!!)

    It also reminds me why I love to read aloud the Litlle Britches series by Ralph Moody. It has such a wonderful message about a family taking care of each other.


  3. drewsfamilytx said,

    on September 25th, 2007 at 3:44 pm

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    Way to go, Dippy!

    That is SO exciting. I couldn't imagine <i>someone else</i> being there for the light bulb moment… or maybe not realizing that he had one in the first place. Like their first steps, *I* want to be the one to hug and congratulate them, not a daycare worker or teacher at school.

    Homeschooling is SUCH a blessing! And you are absolutely right Jenster, learning is best done together as a family. That is LIFE. And I don't want to waste a single moment.



    Edited by drewsfamilytx on Sep. 25, 2007 at 3:46 PM

  4. 2peter318 said,

    on September 25th, 2007 at 5:02 pm

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    I'm so glad your son is starting to spell. And thanks for the encouragement on how you homeschool. I do want my children to 'learn how to learn' and enjoy their 'schooling' time. I still struggle with it, as my son only wants to play, but we are coming along. It's nice to hear how others are doing. 🙂


  5. tnmomtomanyblessings said,

    on September 25th, 2007 at 5:50 pm

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    WAY to go Dippy!

    This post is a very encouraging reminder that what we do each day will all count in the big picture.

    I'm glad I know you. Your brilliant!

    I am cleaning out closets for A.T.I.C.

    It amazes me how much my family has that we do not use. I really really want to start being a better consumer and a much better giver of HIS gifts.


    Maria the thankful one

  6. tn3jcarter said,

    on September 25th, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    Wow, so cool!

    My youngest has been absolutely bouncing to do school the past few weeks. Last year, he just wasn't interested. He, too, would have been labelled, frustrated, sad, & discouraged. But because we were able to give him the gift of time – it's a whole different story.

    What a blessing!

  7. Anonymous said,

    on September 25th, 2007 at 7:42 pm

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    I think you're preaching to the choir. I kept shaking my head saying, "Yep, uh huh…..yes…"


  8. deedeeuk said,

    on September 26th, 2007 at 4:21 am

    Well done!

    Congratulation Dippy! And Congratulations Mom! You've done a great job too!! ;o)

  9. CrossView said,

    on September 26th, 2007 at 5:34 am

    Woo Hoo!

    I just love those clicking light bulb moments. And I'm thrilled that we get to be there for them!

  10. Jess H. said,

    on September 26th, 2007 at 5:55 am

    yeah Dippy

    I have to tell you when I met Dippy I thought Max would love him! They are so similar, Max has definite weaknesses in speech and therefore reading comes difficult. I've been very relaxed w/ it and haven't wanted to instill in him a dislike for reading, or a feeling that he's "delayed". I spoke w/ Diane Craft this summer and loved her ideas. We tried to start school but with all the prepararations for our move I've decided to hold off until the second week of October. Anyway, not sure why I'm telling you all this… guess I'm rambling… delaying work that needs to be done. But anyway… good for Dippy, oh and glad to see things are turning around for your family.

    Grace and Peace,

    Jess H.

  11. texasmom2002 said,

    on September 26th, 2007 at 7:29 am

    How exciting!

    That is just terrific. I love your post. I so want to raise my babies to LOVE learning; not have it be a dreadful chore. And so often I've looked at mine and wondered the same thing–what might the public school system label them? I thank God that He gave our family the revelation of homeschooling and its importance. He is so wonderful. Oh, and my oldest got some of her words down too this week: Sam, has, had, ham, Dan, etc. It is so exciting to see the lightbulb moments. Blessings~

  12. CaliCarolina said,

    on September 26th, 2007 at 8:16 am

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    Congratulations to Dippy (and to you). 🙂

    The whole grade level thing is something I had to end up drilling into my kids, b/c it didn't look very bona fide when some stranger would ask them what grade they were in and they'd have to think hard and look at me questioningly. Funny thing is, now my kids are older (17, 15, and 12), and we don't get so many strange looks or questioning comments. Maybe it's just refreshing for folks to see kids who like each other (most of the time). Oh, the other day at Wal-Mart, the cashier asked me if these were all of my children, or were there more at home. I asked her why she asked and she said she's seen a lot more families with lots of kids lately. Hmmm…when they were little, I used to get asked, "Are they all yours?" Now my family seems small. 🙂

  13. CommunicationFUNdamentals said,

    on September 26th, 2007 at 10:13 am

    I remember that with my son!

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  14. tnmomtomanyblessings said,

    on September 26th, 2007 at 10:15 am

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    I am mad at you!

    Coie was just here.

    Thank you for the surprises!

    I heard abotu how you handled this paymetn and i am not please!!!! I know how to take care of this. You wait : )



    ps – thank you

    especially for th esuproroses

  15. MARIA said,

    on September 26th, 2007 at 10:17 am

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    someday I will remember to always proof read my messages…actually they are always in a specail code. especially the ones with the mispellings.

    I called you. I will try you again in a while.

  16. byourlove1 said,

    on September 26th, 2007 at 11:54 am


    so much for reminding me of this. Its too easy to worry about how one is doing after seeing another who seemed to excel, I love that no one is labeling my children except the Almighty, who is labeling them children of HIS! Praise God for that!


  17. foxvalleyfamily said,

    on September 26th, 2007 at 12:42 pm

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    Hooray for Dippy and Hooray for Homeschooling!

    (and, of course Hooray for God for both blessings!) 😉

    I am so happy to be homeschooling too.

    My kids are unique 'mixes' in that they are far ahead in some areas, and far behind in others. In a p.s. classroom I am sure they would be total misfits! Here at home they are just happy, contented kids who love to learn!



  18. Ruth said,

    on September 26th, 2007 at 2:43 pm

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    One of the best things to see is that lightbulb go off. It is also great when they get excited because they finally got it. Isn't homeschooling the best. That's why God made it this way.


  19. DianeDay said,

    on September 26th, 2007 at 3:34 pm


    We're smack in the middle of word families here as well…and my 5yo is just eating it up, but it certainly is more of a struggle than it was with my 11yo. Like you, I'm just thankful that I'm able to teach them each according to *their* needs, not my own!

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  20. SusannahCox said,

    on September 26th, 2007 at 9:36 pm


    I'm so excited for Dippy and for you!!

    We don't go by grade level either. The other day, one of my daughters was asked by a medical professional what grade she was in, and she was totally stumped! I just laughed and explained that we homeschool, and just keep moving "up" in the materials we use. 🙂

  21. babean said,

    on September 27th, 2007 at 9:18 am

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    Yay! WTG Dippy! =0D And here here! On the academic thoughts! Have a great week!

  22. SandBetweenMyToes said,

    on September 27th, 2007 at 10:44 am

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    Great post. We feel the same way. My 2 younger ones struggle with the basics. They eat up history, reading (one can read), memorize Bible verses, etc., but struggle with math, spelling, etc. They would be very labeled in the system. The older two, flew through most of it, espcially anything connected to Language.


  23. SandBetweenMyToes said,

    on September 27th, 2007 at 10:46 am

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    P.S. Ashley turns 21 today!!

  24. Prodoceo said,

    on September 27th, 2007 at 1:49 pm

    Yeah for Dippy!

    I so clearly remember the day my DD (now 18) first read words with ease! She was a non-reader at almost 8yo and I was pulling my hair out…DD#1 had read with such ease! All of a sudden she got it.

    I remember crying, thanking the Lord that I hadn't put her in school. As a former teacher I KNEW what would have happened to her!

    Today, she is a gifted "learner" although she's never been a gifted "student"!

    Isn't homeschooling AWESOME!!

  25. Anonymous said,

    on September 27th, 2007 at 2:11 pm


    for sharing Dippy's success. Way to go Dippy!

  26. Anonymous said,

    on September 27th, 2007 at 2:16 pm


    anonymous was me


  27. Uncle Charley said,

    on September 27th, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    The Fourth Cheer

    Yay for the young Dippy!! We're proud of you dude!

  28. His4life said,

    on September 28th, 2007 at 10:59 pm

    Yippee!! Yippee!!!

    Yeah Yeah for Dippy and the Igs!!:):)

    I love your learning philosophy!! You all are SUCH a blessing!!!

    Love you!!!:):)

  29. servingtheKingofkings said,

    on September 29th, 2007 at 2:23 pm

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    Well said…once again :)! Congratulations, Dippy! How exciting! We LOVE homeschooling, too. Each kid is a unique, special blessing from the Lord and homeschooling allows kids to learn at their own pace.

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