A Blessed Child


A fortunate child

Spending time with her mother

The home-school student.

Growing a bank account, growing a garden, growing a pet, growing a collection, growing a reputation, growing fame, growing a stylish wardrobe  Nothing is as important as growing a child.  I didn’t do it; I chose a career.  Hat’s off to you who do, the home-school teaching mother.  I’ve met some of your children.  Some might call them pampered; I call them blessed.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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6 Responses to A Blessed Child

  1. shoreacres says:

    Home schooling is growing here in my area of the country. There are many reasons, including deep dissatisfaction with the watered-down curriculum in the public schools, the practice of “teaching to the test,” and the general acceptance of mediocrity in students. Add in a lack of discipline and bad teachers who can’t be dismissed because of the unions, and there are real problems. I’ve often said that if I had children today, I’d be home-schooling. Of course, I’d had to really brush up on my math — or learn it for the first time.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Sadly, I think your criticism of the public schools is valid. I think it would have been valid thirty years ago except for the practice of “teaching to the test.” There was not as much pressure then based on test scores so we just accepted what they said. I taught one child for a whole year (his second year in school), and I was pleased that he knew his letters and the matching sounds. He could decode three letter words with some blends. He was probably ready for first. The first test question was “The wagon was red.” I don’t know what he was supposed to do with it. But he didn’t know “wagon” so the test showed no growth for the year. I was so disappointed after all our hard work! I took the test by usingf a spinner and marked the spinner’s score, with 1, 2, 3, 4 answers. The spinner made a score of 2.4, and there my little guy showed nothing. I may have had the smartest spinner in school, however!

      • shoreacres says:

        Another problem is that so many of the good teachers are losing patience with the systems, and leaving. Last year in Houston, one high school was left with a French teacher who couldn’t speak French. He only spoke Spanish, and had his students use Google when they had a question. They had moved the perfectly good French teacher to an administrative position, because the principal was miffed at him, as I recall.

        Local control is what’s needed. If we could get the federal government out of the process, kids might have a chance to be educated.

  2. Faye says:

    My hats off as well and yes I believe that the blessed and fortunate children are the ones being home schooled. Not pampered if the discipline and expertise of a daily routine is established. These children learn values from their parents not the values that are being imprinted on many by an often corrupt and twisted education system. Aiming for the highest in this life if character is not affirmed as the greatest human quality is raising a generation of ‘self’ first and ‘success’ and ‘money’ as the value structure of a human beings worth. Thank God for you and teachers like my husband who had their opportunity to encourage and nurture. Now in our country even a morning prayer to start the day is not allowed!. Parents must ensure they are not so ‘career’ focussed that they neglect to affirm in the home the IMPORTANT VALUES. Not all children can be home schooled but all children need to KNOW from strong and committed role models the value of their lives.

    • oneta hayes says:

      The home schooled children and teens I know have find manners in addition to academic skills Granted many have not been tested in the fire yet, but they seem to be much better prepared for the testing. I’m talking about the spiritual not the academic.But so many in public school run in to the tests – lying, cheating, ugly talk, rudeness – at such an early age now.

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