August 3, 2012
In a couple weeks, we will officially begin our first year as a homeschooling family. Dasia, who just turned 5, will be in kindergarten. Dylan, who just turned 3, will be in preschool. My desire is to keep our homeschool simple.
This past year, I worked with Dasia on schoolwork (as we call it) about 3 or 4 times per week. I'm planning on having school time with both children sometime before lunch four days a week and working with Dasia in the afternoon four days a week. Dasia will work on writing in the mornings while I work with Dylan. I'm going to spend a few minutes each school day helping him learn to use the mouse on our desktop pc. I purchased Saxon Math 1, A Reason for Science and A Reason for Handwriting for Dasia. A Reason for Science is full of simple science projects. I'm hoping that will be something that Dylan will enjoy too and we can all three do together once a week.
There are a few other opportunities in our area that I know of so far for homeschooling families. We are going to attend a homeschool program at the local science center which is available once a month. There is also a PE group available. At this point, I'm not sure if we will participate in that or not. I do not want to be so busy that we miss out on free time at home.
March 31, 2012
Starting this fall, we will be a homeschooling family. My daughter will be five this summer and ready to begin home school. My son will be three this summer. I will be working with him as I did my daughter on colors, numbers, letters, etc, but will not be following any type of curriculum. Over the next few months, I will be researching home school resources to decide what books I would like to use. This is new territory and a little unsettling because it is different. But I am very thankful that God is giving our family this opportunity.
My husband, Dale, and I are currently praying about whether we should home school our children or send them to public school. Until this past year, we did not think homeschooling would be an option for us since I was working. However, it is now a possibility at this point in our lives. Our daughter will be turning 5 this summer and would be ready to start school this fall. My heart is crying out to home school. I love having my children home with me and I've always loved school work (not normal, I know). Plus, I really believe homeschooling provides a wonderful opportunity to help your children grow strong in their walk with God and provides a better environment for instilling your Christian values. I think the reason we are not 100% sure about which path to take is that homeschooling is completely new to us. Neither Dale or I were home schooled. We both attended public schools. Plus, we do not have anyone in our immediate or extended families that have home schooled. We are waiting on God to let us know for sure what would be the best for our family.