Homeschool!

We’ve completed our second week of homeschool here at our house. It’s our first time at it as many of you know. It is definitely a challenge and there are so many moments where I think, “What have I decided to do?” Or, “Am I cheating them out of anything as far as education or socialization?” But then my husband will send me a link to the latest news headlines on what education boards across America are voting into their curriculums, and I know that I am doing the right thing.

An Ohio school board just passed a law to include the history of the LGBTQ movement into their history curriculum! Say what? I read last spring of some school boards in California wanting to include pictures of male and female genitalia to show to children as young as kindergarteners and first graders. I’m not sure if that got passed or not. I don’t know the specifics, but isn’t that enough to know that our children are becoming prey to an agenda to demoralize their characters? An agenda to make wrong, right and right, wrong.

I know the discussion can go either way in all of this as far as how far should a parent go to protect their kids. Should we hide them under a rock and when they get older they won’t know how to be in this world? Or should we put them into the schools, let their lights shine onto the lost? These are just some of the opinions out there. I can’t say as I’m ready to get on a soapbox somewhere or storm the steps of Congress on it all, but I can say it’s been a desire of mine for a long time to be a homeschool mom. I am so very glad that God healed my mind enough to be able to do it. Not that there won’t be hard days. I’m well aware. As the first four days were very hard.

The first week I had established an easy setup for my first grader. I learned very quickly that it wouldn’t be enough. She was and still is a reluctant learner. It’s not easy to teach her as she not excited about learning…at all. It was discouraging because when I have my teacher hat on, I’m ready to pour into her all kinds of new and exciting things. But she’s not wanting it. It’s like buying a gift for someone who opens it and throws it down and runs away from you. Lol.

This did bring to mind our Lord. Think about it. He wants to give each of us that abundant life the Bible talks about. He wants to step in and bring that peace we’ve been searching for. He wants to bless us with that new job, that freedom from addiction, or even heal us from our childhood. And there we stand with our arms folded, nose in the air saying “no” to Him time and time again. Mostly because we don’t want to do it His way. (There’s your freebie for the day)

I had to scramble to figure out how I was going to tailor her learning to fit her needs. My other daughter who is in 4th grade is using the Abeka program. It’s Christian based and simply wonderful. There are many facets to it. Many books and worksheets and test and quizzes. My 4th grader thrives on routine. Loves, loves learning; this was a great fit for her. But I didn’t think my reluctant learner could keep up with Abeka. That’s why I didn’t use it for her at first.

As I watched my reluctant student over a couple days, I knew something had to change. I ordered the Abeka workbooks for Math, social studies, and science for her with the intention to teach her from them. I found a book that simplifies teaching your child to read and write based on individualized techniques to hopefully cover language arts. But then!! I prayed, Lord show me what to do. The next morning my good friend called me to tell me we could use the teaching dvd’s for abeka that her daughter is currently doing! God is so good. These DVDs are going to step up learning for my daughter. She’s already watching them and interacting with them. Thank you my friend Mandy! My family is blessed to know your family.

The DVDs are of a teacher leading her class using Abeka. She engages the “kids watching at home” too. She pauses when needed so there is plenty of time for my child to keep up. Whew….what a load off. I am still engaged with helping her learn. I can hear what’s going on during the DVD, pause it, and ask my daughter necessary questions to make sure she’s understanding.

I’ll keep you all posted on our success throughout the year, if you want. In the meantime, we are going to the zoo this next week as well as the library for an one hr weekly class just for homeschooled kids.

The blessed whiteboard…where all the magic happens. Posting their assignments makes life a bit easier.
A few Abeka workbooks for first grade. They’re colorful and the directions are clearly marked. Most importantly you’ll find God in them too!

Makeshift desk out of a chair…for now.
My diligent fourth grader! Could be president one day and this picture could be worth millions!
The one con to homeschooling so far! Big, crunchy, live beings in jars in my home. Her science activity work was to make an insect zoo by putting all kinds of bugs in separate jars. Thing is, grasshoppers have taken over our yard…and now my kitchen. Ewe

44 Replies to “Homeschool!”

  1. God is so good! I am thankful he dropped the idea in my mind and that it’s working for Leah. And glad Abigail is doing so well. You are doing a great job, Amy! God will give us the strength we need! Love you, my friend. ❤

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  2. It’s so great that you are blessed to do this. This is our second year and I still have all the fears. I’m just left with my mouth hanging open at what the schools are allowing now. My only regret about homeschool is that I didn’t start sooner! I wish you all the best this year!

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  3. Oh my Amy! I’m so thrilled with your homeschooling!
    You will find a lot more research and reading about how much more educated and mature homeschooled kids are. Look at the spelling bee & geography bee winners.
    You are right about training up a child in the way he should go. We don’t shield our kids from society; we teach them how to live in society, how to discern right from wrong, Who our Guide and Friend and Plumb line is, and how to use the wisdom that is handed down from the Father of Lights. I’m quite sure God put this on your heart for many good reasons.
    The whiteboard is a great tool.
    ABeka is a wonderful curriculum; I always loved how they used God’s Word to teach.
    You know your children so much better than a schoolteacher would. You will be able to discern and tailor what each of your girls needs – God will show you. I love your pictures, and reading how much you’re learning, yourself – about your students and their needs, what God is showing you, how God answers prayers even when we don’t know what to pray, how He answers through friends, and even about bugs.
    I think you’ll love the weekly classes for homeschooled kids. It’s important to connect and network with other homeschooling parents.
    Yes! Please keep these posts coming.

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  4. Good for you, Amy. Sounds like you all are figuring it out. As an aside, I love using a separate small whiteboard for each each kid’s assignments. I have two whiteboards per child – one features the prior day’s assignments for our reference, just in case we need it, and the other features the current day’s assignments. I just rotate them each morning.

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        1. I like it too. Dont have much to compare it to since I’m new but I love the clarity of it. My youngest is doing the DVDs and I’m hopeful for her. My other is doing independent study and is doing awesome

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  5. Amy, I hope all goes well for you and your children. I agree, it’s hard to know what to do regarding school. I sent my kids to Christian school. When we moved to a new city, my daughter was ready for high school and we decided to let her go to public school. Let’s just say, there were big problems and we ended up taking her out and putting her back in Christian school. You are seeking the best for your children and God will bless you!

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  6. Homeschooling vs private/public school is tough. It’s not truly the education aspect but the social aspect that had me worried, but there are so many activities available within the homeschool association for all the kids. Erin and Brandon both have made great friends with other homechoolers because of that. Plus their taekwondo offers a lot of socializing with others.

    But with the garbage the schools are incorporating is just hogwash and the enemy is at the forefront.

    I’m proud of Amy for making this choice.

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  7. I think this is one of the most beautiful things with homeschooling, that we can customize learning in a way that fit each individual child the best, and of course choose the curriculum. Keep up the good work! No-one knows your children as well as you do.

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  8. Hi Amy!
    You’re doing great! I was homeschooled with my siblings from age 7 for 9 years. In England, homeschooling is a lot less popular than in America, so we endured a lot of criticism; however, I think that it was the best education that I could have received. It definitely wasn’t easy, and I rebelled against my mum the first year, as I missed my friends from school. Each year held it’s own challenges, but I learned a lot from the experience. Homeschooling taught me to become more disciplined, to hold myself to high standards, and most importantly to respect my parents. We used Rod & Staff, a course which also holds God at it’s centre. It doesn’t look as colourful as Abeka, but it’s lessons had great structure and were all we needed from Grade 1 to 8. You should check them out! My advice to you is to make sure that your daughters have a social outlet (such as a group sport), to carefully monitor your daughters’ progress so they don’t slip back, and to not give up. You’re doing the right thing, a good thing by homeschooling your children. Keep pushing!

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  9. Thanks Amy. I’m so blessed by your writing. I feel so empowered with everything you shared and I am positive that when I begin to homeschool my kids, it’s going to be great. And since every child is unique as you discovered with your daughters, we only have to discover what learning works for our children. Thanks again.

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  10. We are a homeschool family too and I often wonder if I’m doing enough. Don’t worry too much, pray a lot, and be consistent. We’ve been doing it a total of three years. It’s nice to connect with someone else that is like minded and homeschools too. I’m a writer as well. Please feel free to check out my blog. I write from my experiences and testimonies. 🙂

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