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Our Homeschool Adventure 2013

Posted By on July 31, 2013

Yes, it’s official!  We are continuing this thing called homeschooling!

Last year we basically did kindergarten with B and fun stuff with M.  This year’s the real deal for Kindergarten/1st grade!  M will continue pre-k stuff!

I know the thought of homeschool offends some for reasons of their own.  This is not my purpose here.  This works for our family and may be far from what works for yours.  I just know this is where the Lord has us!  :)  Here’s a great article that outlines our beliefs on why we’re homeschooling… Steve says it better than I can.

There’s been a flurry of change in our household the last few months!  When Dekker was born, I was on maternity leave until mid June.  Then the final decision was made for me to finish work and stay home with our new family of 5!  This was a continual conversation Jon and I have had for the last 1 to 1 1/2 years, talking about different avenues we might take when we had child #3.  I always thought it would be the easiest decision I’d ever make to stay home with our kids but it was honestly, really hard when it came down to it!  I love the work I do and the people I work with!  It was also a heart issue – where am I putting my identity?  It’s so easy to say “I am a nurse” but very different to say “I’m a stay at home mom.”  Why??  Because that seems so much more important to the world!  But God’s reality is different!  He has me in this place at this moment for a purpose!  And a very big one at that!  Shaping these little lives is crazy hard work!  But my identity is here, in my home, and usually in my pj’s, un-showered.  And I’m realizing that this is good.  I think each day it settles a little more that “this” is what I am doing today.  I do not have to work tomorrow or this weekend.  “This” is what I have to do.  And it is important!  And whether each day brings joy, laughter, tears or anger, I’m also realizing how much I can not do this alone!  {Only} by God’s grace will this work. {I think I need to repeat those words 50 more times today…}

Having the summer to ease into being at home has been good.  I wanted to have {some} purpose this summer with kids.  Not just a “go outside and play” kind of summer… although, that has its place!  I wanted to be rooted in the Lord somewhere for kids.  Being the end of July, summer will be coming to a close all too soon – but we did accomplish one thing on my list.  We are memorizing bible verses each week.  This isn’t something I have done with kids consistently since Breyton was 2!  We are on verse #5 for the summer, which, besides a couple weeks of craziness early this month, we have been able to do one verse per week!  The kids have loved it because they get bribed with candy, and I love it because it’s not a chore for me to pound it into them!  This idea came from Kathleen Nelson and her family.  Kids can say their verse once per hour and get a small piece of candy each time, which is saved for the end of the day.  So if they have said their verse 6  times, 6 mini sweet tarts are waiting for them after dinner. They love it and usually ask for their next verse each week.  So far we have done:

Psalm 116:1 – I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer.
Proverbs 17:22 – A cheerful heart is good medicine but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Proverbs 17:17 – A friend loves at all times.
This week – 1 Samuel 12:24 – But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.

I’ve tried to mix truths about God together with verses on character.  When we did verses when B was little, it was so character focused, it wasn’t fun anymore for him.  (I mean, what’s not to love about always talking about obeying your parents and not complaining?? )  But he still remembers those verses and we still use them…  But you know, another good thing coming out of all this??  I am learning verses too!  When you have to repeat them for Mara (since she can’t read them) and then quiz them routinely – you get to know them!  It’s good.  Any suggestions for next week?

So, I’m writing this July 31st and tomorrow starts August.  In 3 weeks, school will start downstairs.  I’ve spent countless hours researching, buying, organizing, and prepping.  I can honestly say, I am pretty much ready!  (Man, if this is kindergarten, what is it going to look like down the road!)  And I am so thankful for the friends that I can use as resources, as they are ahead of me in this venture!  You know who you are!!

But here is our year (I write this for you, but more for me so I can look back to see what we were doing in 2013!):

Breyton (5):

Math – We switched to Singapore Math this year – 1A/B
ReadingAll About Reading Level 2
SpellingAll About Spelling Level 1 and 2
LanguageFirst Language Lessons level 1(grammar), A Beka Writing with Phonics K5 (working on handwriting), and A Beka Letters and Sounds K for extra practice.  Also doing Draw-Write-Now books for some creative writing/morning work.
GeographyExpedition Earth (studying continents and countries around the world) from Confessions of a Homeschooler.  This is our “dessert” as my friend’s say – not crucial, but something fun.

And he’s starting in Loveland’s LEAP enrichment program one day/week.  Just for fun kindergarten, friends, learning time.

Mara(3):

Continuing Confessions of a Homeschooler pre-k alphabet work, but including some of the harder things this year.  Will be working on more writing and tracing letters (she’s pretty interested right now), letter sounds, and reading higher numbers.  We’ll {hopefully} have lots of fun :)  She’ll also come alongside with Expedition Earth too.  Also doing All About Reading Pre-Reading level.

Here’s some fun from our 100th day of school last year!

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B wrote numbers 1-100.  M just wrote  :)

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Counting to 100 activities and a 100 snack!

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