Homeschooling: Phew! A Few Weeks Down

So I’ve found that doing a college style block system works best. We do between 1-3 subjects Monday, Wednesday, Friday and the other 1-3 on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. (Yeah, I’m harsh making him do work on the weekend; ha!)

This seems to really help with him not getting burnt out on any one subject.

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As a “reluctant reader,” I have found that the combination of audiobook & book works so great!! Especially when they are books about Babe Ruth– he finished it within 1.5 days. We take turns with just-for-fun reads and classic literature.

Life skills: Keyboarding (two hands, please!) . Laundry (so my future-daughter-in-law doesn’t hate me), and we did budgeting and check writing (but our exact address was visible so I didn’t post it)

The old-school “Schoolhouse Rock” — I  love it!!

We have already covered local/state/federal government, reading maps, Nouns, Math rounding, and Nutrition (myplate). He had a blast with the nutrition!!

We even threw in a weekend of having his best guy friend over for some “socialization.” We’ve been doing a lot of character study which has included proper interaction with friends and proper communication techniques when you are angry so I thought having someone over would be a really great chance for him to practice it. He did great!

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God FedEx’d Supplies To My Homeschool

Our first year of homeschooling started today and I’m excited, prepared, nervous, and unprepared. (Yes, you read that correctly.) I don’t think I truly recognized the herculean task that was before me when I started this in motion. Not that I am second-guessing–I’m not. I just didn’t realize how different and difficult it would make everything else in my life.
But, as I always say, these are the times that I see God working most clearly.
I had to share this with you.

In order to work out a schedule that did not require a babysitter at some juncture halfway through the day/week, I had to switch my schedule to nights. (Dear husband {DH} works normal hours in the daytime.) Seems simple and logical enough, yes? Good heavens no; trying to switch from days to nights was more difficult than trying to get a camel through  the eye of a needle. My job has 32 employees, 95% are part-time (just like myself), and in order for it to be fair to everyone my management would have had to change/rotate everyone else’s schedules every semester. This did not really work out for anyone. The other employees, my dearest friends, were super supportive of my decision and have been helping me all along so they did not grumble about this at all but none of them were really excited about having to uproot their long-running “set” schedules every couple months. And, quite frankly, I felt it was unfair to them anyway because I chose this– all of their kids are long since grown. They already made their sacrifices.

It seemed that I would have to quit my beloved job in order to homeschool.  I cried. I shook my fist at the sky. I cried some more.

God Met Me There: Not even a week after I gave my tearful resignation, the part-time night position in the computer lab opened up. The teen worker was leaving for college.  I was originally hired as the day person in the computer lab and was then promoted up to the front circulation desk so this was not a new area to me! I was basically just going back to where I came from.  It dropped my hours, sure, but it also gave me 4 hours of quiet time to create lesson plans, do research, regain my composure after a day of homeschooling (ha!), stay with the company I love, and get back to my blog!!

(I also have another part-time night job at an upscale restaurant.)

I’ve committed to the choice. I’ve gotten my work schedule figured out.  I have spoken to some church family that homeschool as well to get an idea of where to go from here. I research for materials that I think would be interesting. (I have phenomenal access seeing as how I work at a library, ha!) I really have no idea what we should be studying or what a real lesson plan looks like–I’m basically flying by the seat of my pants.

God Met Me There: A patron comes in and asks if we accept old textbooks as donations or if we can recycle them for her. We do not do either. Casual conversation leads me to find that they are 4th grade textbooks from last year.  She even went home and brought back some of her classroom supplies- whiteboard and all!
Did you just get chills? This is just beyond my ability to accept as “coincidence”. God purposefully placed the right person in the exact right place at the exact right time.

I was reassured and now fully equipped. I was on task now like a starving woman at Krispy Kreme.

You can always count on God to deliver when you’re doing the right thing.

1 John 3: 22 “And whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.”

2 Chronicles 31: 21 “And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered.”

Leviticus 26: 3-13 “If you walk in my statutes and observe my commandments and do them, then I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. Your threshing shall last to the time of the grape harvest, and the grape harvest shall last to the time for sowing. And you shall eat your bread to the full and dwell in your land securely. I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid. And I will remove harmful beasts from the land, and the sword shall not go through your land. You shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. …”

I have felt the same was as One Christian Dad for a long time!!

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ImageWhy do you have a title of programs that promote ungodly lifestyles?  Because I have seen them.  I enjoyed them.

But I have another reason.

Recently I was talking with some Christian friends when one asked what movie he should watch with his wife – he wanted to laugh so he asked for a good comedy.  My friends then recommended the Hangover.  I admit I laughed at it when I watched a few years ago, and in my enthusiasm to be “one of the guys” I also recommended it. Later, as I thought about the movie, I began to recall that it was not very “Christian.”  So I discovered, after some research, that The Hangover  has 91 occasions of the f-word , 41 poop words (Sh*t etc.), 14 crude references about a person’s bum, 13 “hells,” and nine slang terms for the male reproductive organ. And the kicker? There are 31 different versions of…

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Confessions of An Imperfect Homeschooler has nailed my problem on the head. Love this post!

confessions of an imperfect homeschooler

Every homeschool parent has experienced fear of inadequacy, any who would deny that are either 1.) lying or 2.) well…. lying.  Everyone everywhere has experienced fear of inadequacy in some area of their lives, but for homeschoolers this is the stuff nightmares are made of.  There is something specific though that I would like to point out, this fear intimidates, that is why it is so effective.  Let us now explore intimidation.

 

The bible tells us a story of the 12 spies going into the promised land to “check things out”.  Caleb and Joshua of course were the only 2 who came back with good reports and hope for conquering it.  The other 10 however, reported that they were in their own sight, as grasshoppers and so they were in the eyes of the giants in the land as well.

 

Did you see that?  They defeated themselves long…

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Homeschool Resource

A homeschool mom from my church recently came over to share some wisdom with me for getting started in August. She led me to a fantastic resource that I am super excited about and wanted to share.

Classical Academic Press has family resources that are interesting and easy for children. I am starting off with the New Testament because I believe learning about Jesus is the most important part of life. (We’ll work through the Old Testament afterwards). They even have materials for Logic, Latin/Greek/French/Spanish, and even educational resources that help you plan your teaching. I am super excited about this! I made my order yesterday so I can’t give any specific reviews yet, but I have high hopes!

It’s worth checking out even if you don’t want to order– you may run across someone else who needs a resource.

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One Lovely Blog Award

Thank you The Homestead At Spring Creek!! I’m happy to be nominated but overjoyed that it was from a blog as amazing as yours!!!!  Rules of acceptance: Thank the person/people who nominated you and link back to them in your post. Share seven possibly unknown things about yourself. Nominate fifteen or so bloggers you admire. … Continue reading