Ray, and I have built our family on the solid foundation of Christ and take our responsibility as parents, and teachers, of our children very seriously. Most of you know that I homeschool, but did you know that I am a second generation homeschooler? Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted to teach my kiddos at home, as I was taught.
This school year our three oldest will be finishing up their 2nd grade work, mid-year, and will move on to 3rd grade. Josh is doing quite a bit with the older kiddos, but for the most part he’s doing K-1st grade work. So far, we have used Sonlight’s core curriculum, with Saxon Math, Total Reading’s phonics program, and Bible lessons prepared by Daddy, with various other carefully selected “random” books, and such. This hodge-podge has worked incredibly well for us and my kids are intrigued by the history lessons and read-alouds (with just a few exceptions) that Sonlight has given us.
Our school days, at this point, are pretty flexible. I imagine they will continue to be so with the two little ones demanding much of my attention! We do have a set amount of work to accomplish each week, but some days are filled with hands-on activities, while others are filled with more structured work. We do most of our structured work at the kitchen table, while some “work” is done outside, sitting on the floor, couch, or even on my bed!
With as much traveling as I have been blessed to be given the opportunity to enjoy, we will be schooling through the summer, so as to stay “on track” with our studies. That is one of the many reasons why I so love homeschooling — It affords us the flexibility to enjoy life!
Here are some things I’ll be sharing with you over the next couple of weeks:
- Why We Homeschool
- My 7 Habits of Highly Effective Homeshooling
- Play and Learn: Games and activities that encourage learning
- Organized Chaos – Oxymoron?
What else would you like to know? I DO love questions and am happy to answer any you may have. I look forward to sharing more than just a glimpse into our homeschooling adventures…
You may be surprised to discover that we’re not your typical homeschool family!