Many homeschool families take the summer off, but we decided to just scale back a bit.
We're sneaking in some "learning" with the fun of our local Civil Air Patrol.
Last fall we allowed Hannah to join CAPs so she would have opportunities to not only get out and meet new people, but to learn self-discipline. You can read about it here...on our Homeschool Daze page. Well, we are so proud that she has promoted twice already, and is on her way to getting her rocketry badge. Last Thursday she promoted again to Cadet Airman 1st Class,
and because she had participated in robotics before, they put her in charge of leading the teams to build some robots last week. She got frustrated trying to get the older cadets to listen to her, but overall she did great.
That was Thursday, then on Friday they mustered out to Camp Butner for summer encampment...
FOR 10 WHOLE DAYS!
She's taking classes in Wilderness First Aid, and she will receive training on gun safety, and shooting an M-13. She flopped back and forth between excitement and terror for the past 3 weeks, but she went....
that's Hannah marching wearing the red glasses.
I got a call from her early this morning....crying and ready to quit. :(
After she calmed down we talked and she told me how she had her first flight yesterday, and even got the chance to control the plane. I reminded her that the first few days would be the hardest, and now the rest of the week will fly by...between flying and first aid and the rifle range, before she knows it...it will be Sunday, and graduation.
I have to tell you, encouraging her to stay was soooo hard! I was ready to jump in my car, in my pajamas, to go get her and wrap her in my arms and just protect her from the hard parts of life. But I know that this will ultimately be good for her. For her self-esteem, self-discipline, and independence. Our dream for our daughter is that she becomes a leader, not a follower.
Enjoy the video of her promotion....and if you have children, homeschooled or not, consider enrolling them in ROTC or The Civil Air Patrol. You will not regret it.