Preparing for Homeschooling

Amazingly, it is August already. August. And already the second day of August. So…

Time to prepare the best I can. Time to clean up the study spaces and work and craft spaces. Time to get books ready to go and accessible again. Time to neaten and declutter and prioritize. Time to get a new calendar and figure out field trips.

I was dreading all this prep stuff but now I am getting excited. I so love teaching my children! I feel so spoiled being able to homeschool them! Praise God for this gift!😄❤

Homeschooling Joys

After 4 years of homeschooling (we took off some time during year 3 to care for and then bury my daddy), we have been flowing like a well oiled machine and now that we are on year 5, we are booking. We can do a full comprehensive days work for two grades in 2 1/2-3 hours with no drama and doing PE and piano lessons afterward as a reward. It is fantastic. I love it!! So rewarding. It is not for everyone, but we sure love it. ☺❤

School Preparation

I am a teacher, most of you know. I homeschool our 2 kids. I am also a doctor, mostly retired now, doing private consulting work also. And my teaching experience last year was the first time I had two different grades, officially, and now that it is 1st grade and 5th/6th grade, my greatest preparation is not.booms and supplies, I have those, but it is quite different. During school, I am a servant of God, of my children and their knowledge and growth, still of my husband. There is none of serving me to be had there, no room for it, no need for it. So my preparation is in finishing our story quilt, in decluttering my mind, in preparing my heart and soul for service, in growing spiritually and maintaining my relationship with God who strengthens me. And we will go full steam ahead, in deep worship of obedience to the Lord and humbling of my heart. And that, my friends, is incredibly beautiful!!!! Bring it on! ❤❤❤

On the Return of School at Home

We Homeschool our children, which is very big and well supported where I live. And a teacher’s kid asked me accusingly why I Homeschool, implying that something dreadful must be wrong with my kids or something. Lol It is simple. I want my kids to have a great, well rounded education and not be worried about bullies or persecution for their faith or learning things that have nothing to do with school or testing and stressing about testing all the time. If the school system has failed to even teach basic math for heaven’s sake, much less anything else, and seems more politically agenda driven rather than education driven, time for everyone to withdraw their kids and force reform. But I digress. Simply, my kids need an education and home seems the place nowadays they are most likely to get one. So, we are getting ready for school, as is everyone else. And I feel very good about this school year. We are simplifying and leaving room for serving people in our week. We are going to help serve the elderly, clean up littered areas, help trim bushes or mow lawns of people who can’t and that is a healthy part of education. Also, for home economics, my son will pick one entree to make for the family once a week and will have to make a grocery list of what we need, budget the money to get it, buy it from the store and cook it. Part of teaching our kids is teaching us parents out of a job. They need to know how to live on their own. I think 11 is a good age to get that thinking started. And of course all the other school studies we normally do with Kathleen officially in school now. And my husband retires in a couple months so we can do more field trips and vacations to supplement. So this should be fun and keep us busy. I am so excited.Looking forward to a wonderful school year.

Crafty for Dummies

Okay, so I have a few friends who know that I homeschool. They know that we are artsy and crafty in this house. And some of them wonder how it happens. And I assure you it is entirely not an accident. And if you wondered, as I have been asked a lot, how it can be done in your home with your kids, please read on. Otherwise, probably started the wrong article. lol So, the secret to crafting success is to try new things. That is the philosophy behind it- exploration. So following this theme with a distinctive and necessary lack of laziness and embracing of the new or different, you have a winning combination for becoming a crafty family. Other tools of the trade are much more practical. Thinking outside the box and thinking craft is imperitive. I save little glass jars, cardboard, egg cartons, thread spools, newspapers, screws, beads, string, whatever you are about to throw away, look at it and see if there might be a use. If not, please throw it away or recycle. If, however, you had a sudden inspiration to make said item into an amazing paper flower vase or paper mache template, keep it and put it in a craft closet/drawer/section in the closet. Then use it to make your idea a reality when you have assembled all the ingredients. Treat it like a recipe and making a cake, also fun to make with paper. Sometimes we take a hike and a bucket with us and collect interesting mosses, rocks (for painting of course), twigs, feathers, leaves, wildflowers, whatever we find and assemble it into an object, like a bird or hot glue onto a wood or foam board in the shape of a ship or the woods you hiked through, whatever. The only end to a project is your imagination. And supplies. So be sure to keep a supply of paint, brushes, paper towels, water cup, glue, scissors, hot glue, tape, construction paper, qtips, cotton balls, whatever is usually needed when inspiration arises. Be proactive in seeking out projects. There are also a lot of ideas on Pinterest, the internet, book stores if you can still find one, magazines, the library, wherever to show you other people’s ideas to get you started or kits you can buy at craft or hobby stores. But we found the funnest crafts were ones the kids thought up in their heads and we did it. It gives them a huge sense of accomplishment and satisfaction of seeing their idea turn up in reality, built by their own hands. Boosts their brain cells and grows their ability and sense of pride in work. So it is well worth the effort. And last idea is use what you find where you are. We recently went to the beach, so we brought back some shells, some of which are painted already. Others will be glued onto a picture frame which will house a pic of our trip. So many options if you keep your imagination open and willingness applied. Craft on!