Thursday, June 28, 2012

Learning at home

This is officially our 2nd day of school for the new school year.  Yes, I am planning on getting a jump start.

That is truly one of the things that I like about learning at home - that we determine what days we do school. Since my husband has Mondays off, we may not have school on every Monday.

I had found a free Unit Study on the 4th of July and we did that.  We sat together on our little loveseat in our cool basement (on this day that is supposed to be over 100 degrees) and read about the history of the start to our country.  We even got out the dictionary to look at words we weren't sure what they meant.  I also go to stop along the way to make sure both of my kids understood what we were reading.  I love that my little girl will stop me and point at a word on the page if she is unsure what it means.  I doubt she would have felt confident to do that in school.

I saw Jared get really frustrated that I had him reviewing simple math skills.  I was able to talk to him one on one and discuss with him why sometimes we have to do that.  It was good to see him calm down and then start to enjoy our learning day.

I found the website Currclick  - this website is great!  I have found some very cool unit studies and other educational type of things there and saving it on my hard drive.  Many things are free or are priced inexpensively.  

Our conversion of our basement of a full play area to a family room in one area, play room in another area, and a learning area in another area is going well.  We go in spurts with it.  But I like the direction that it is headed and feels comfortable.

Maybe some one can help.  I don't want to call it "school" because what we/I will do is so different from the traditional school setting that they are used to.  Any suggestions?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A new direction and Last day for the school bus!!!

Today is our last day of school and the first official day of our summer!  YAY!!

To make it even more exciting .....  It is the last day of riding the school bus!

On Monday, we turned in a letter to withdraw our children from public school as we are planning to HOMESCHOOL!

Yep.  You read that right!  I can hardly believe it myself!

There was a pit in my stomach after we sent the letters in - more because of the huge weight of responsibility I felt and just feeling unprepared in who I am.  But I feel excited MORE!

I know, for many people, this is fairly controversial.  That is ok! (smile)  I tend to be a fairly controversial person!  (big smile!)  I could tell you all of the reasons that is leading us on this adventure, but only one reason really matters.


Yes, I am scared!  No, I don't think I am organized to do this.  God usually doesn't ask us to stay comfortable, does he?  He asks us to do something that only HE can fulfill!  He wants us to have BIG faith and to LIVE BIG because of that faith! :)

But I have faith in the God that will remove my fear as we step out in faith and will equip me (us) as we go!

So, my plan is to get back into blogging more as I share about becoming a homeschooling family and what God is doing!

Last but not least....

see the submarine that they are standing under? :)

Happy Anniversary, Rod!  You make me smile!  Thanks for walking this road with me hand in hand!  God definitely blessed me with you!  I am praying that the next years are even more fun! :)  Love you oodles!  And noodles!