When we started homeschooling nearly seven years ago, I thought it was hard. There’s enough information, opinions, and comparing out there to make a novice homeschool mama want to pull her hair out. Eventually, we found a groove and things were better. Four years ago we started high school, and I knew it was hard. I’m not a records-keeper. I never have been. (Note: Don’t be like Jen. Keep records!!) I’m more of a throw-awayer.
A few years ago I went to the Great Homeschool Convention in Ohio and was blow away by the hugeness of it. Since then I’ve been to Teach Them Diligently and the IAHE convention (not in the same year, of course!). While I enjoyed them and they did this mama some good, I found that I had been ruined when it comes to conventions. I experienced the biggest, and I wanted it again! So, this
Some areas of homeschooling I’ve handled like a boss. Others, like computer skills, I completely forget about until the kids are nearly in high school! Or at least that’s what happened with my oldest two. Both my eighth grader and my senior were in upper middle school before I realized they had no clue how to operate a computer. Basic stuff like sending an email, doing an online search, or creating a document were mysteries
Along with our regular read alouds, we’ve recently added Shepherd, Potter, Spy–and the Star Namer by Peggy Consolver – Author. This historical fiction story is about the Gibeonites from Joshua 9 and 10. Shepherd, Potter, Spy–and the Star Namer I began reading to everyone (ages 4-14), but soon only the 14-year-old was left. Not surprisingly, it is a bit much for the kindergartners. As a result, she and I took turns reading as we made our way
One of the many benefits of homeschooling is the ability to teach my children whatever I want. We can read a book and then spend a week or two following rabbit trails that sparked our interest. If we get curious about something, there is nothing stopping us from learning about it until our hearts and minds are content. This is a great blessing in that my children (and I) will have a vast knowledge that