Tomorrow we finally start a new adventure that I have been tirelessly working on for months now….HOME SCHOOL!
So here’s the back story: I used to be one of the people who swore they were not equipped with the knowledge or patience enough to educate their children at home. That home school was never done right…that public school was the only way to go. Hahaha! I think my former self is rolling in my proverbial grave! Then I thought, “Well, maybe I could do this…but what if I screw my kids up?! What if I don’t know what to do?” So I heard of this amazing home school co-op in our area, and I was instantly convinced that is was the answer I was looking for. Only one little word held us up–policy. The policy at co-op is that a family needs to home school alone for a year if their kids are coming from public school. Oh the humanity! Oh the tears! I think for a couple of days I went through all the stages of grief (how many are there? Like 47?). What was I to do? Put them in public school and give up because I didn’t have the accountability and support that I thought I needed? Uh no. Not this mama. I got over it, realized it wasn’t personal, respected their policy (and hope to try co-op in a few years!). I also realized that I was looking for a safety net, and was relying on outside help to get me through this new endeavor, when I should have been seeking out God’s plan for us. I am thankful that He shut that door for the time being so that we could move forward. And then realized that there was a lot of Godly home school moms who were veterans at this, and I set to gleaning wisdom from them. One mom that lives across the country from me, that I’ve never actually met, has been invaluable to my experience.( I love my Taylor Tots!!)
Getting so much advice, looking through curriculum, deciding what my home school philosophy (fancy, huh?) should be….was OVER. WHELM. ING. I fretted, and lost sleep, and cried….But months and several hundred dollars later I figured out how I want to operate, how my kids learn and function best, and found curriculum.
Tomorrow is the big day. I am giddy. And a little sick to my stomach! I want to remember all of this, and honestly share with you our victories, hard times, and everything in between. I don’t know if any of you are interested, but I will be glad to go back and read. I would love some encouraging comments and nice words. Criticism, not so much. I am tired of answering the “Why?” question and trying to defend our decision. We’re home schooling because. That’s the answer I’m giving now =)
So for anyone interested, here’s our curriculum:
Andi is in third grade, operating at an advanced level. She will be doing the following: Saxon Math 4/5, Apologia Exploring Creation with Zoology 1, Phonetic Zoo, Shurley English 2 (but she swears she knows it all already =/), Veritas Genesis through Joshua. For Literature, we are doing a comprehensive study of all the Chronicles of Narnia Books. For History, we are studying biographies, and are reading through the stack of “Who Was…” biography books. ( I wanted to survive this year, and felt like adding in a legit history curriculum might have done me in for year one! Andi is third grade and the babies are in K, so I thought this would be an OK thing to do…and it is…because we home school!). We will also be sprinkling in some home making skills and journaling.
Lilly and Sawyer will be in Kindergarten. (Side note: Sawyer is 4. He is already pretty good at letter recognition/sounds, CVC words, and number concepts, so I am making it easier on myself and starting him with Lilly, who is 5. I have found ways to teach him out of the seat, in a hands-on way, and will make allowances for his age and gender. If there are two math work sheets, he may just do one. I do also understand that he may progress a little slower than Lilly). This is what they’re up to this year: Saxon K Math, Apologia Exploring Creation with Zoology 1, The Big Picture Bible Timeline, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons(I hope this goes by quickly, then I would like to use Saxon K Phonics…you got Saxon K Phonics I can buy? Let me know!) They have supplemental worksheets and activities, and their curriculum includes learning great things like calendars, patterns, tangrams, and memory verses and catechism questions and lots more.
So that’s it. I will try to keep you all updated, as I know you are all waiting with bated breath. Pray for us and wish us luck. I hope we survive!!!