It is that time of year again, school is back in session, and like many of you I have been deep in planning mode.
But before I share all the details of our new year I want to take a minute and rejoice that we will be starting our 8th year homeschooling. I can hardly believe it!!!! Eight years ago God changed the trajectory of my life when He wanted us to homeschool our son. Never! in my wildest dreams did homeschooling fit into the picture of what I had dreamed motherhood to be. I had some weird ideas about homeschooling which most likely came from the interesting homeschoolers I had met. I didn’t have a quarrel with the school district or anyone for that matter. God just started putting this idea into our (I say our because God had to convince my husband first) heads. Little by little and year after year, with the help of Classical Conversations, we have never looked back on our decision. Homeschooling has been the greatest adventure. Our kids are thriving, I am celebrating all the firsts first hand, and I get to be a part of changing the world right here in my home.
I homeschool for all the reasons you can imagine minus anything personally related to our local District full of amazing teachers. Yes, being able to preach the gospel at all times, in all seasons, when we wake and when we sit is my number one motivation and without the absolute conviction of my role as their primary teacher I would had given up a hundred times over. Homeschooling is a rollercoaster of emotion and some days its exhilarating and some days make you want to puke. Thanks be to God and His sufficient grace to keep me coming back for more.
Both of my children are currently enrolled in a Classical Conversations program. My oldest son, who is 13, is in Challenge B and my youngest daughter, 10, is in Foundations. She would be in Essentials too but we do not have that option this year on our community, so I’ll be teaching her the Essentials program at home.
Challenge B includes
- Henle Latin 1
- Saxon Pre-Algerbra
- Current Events and Mock Trial
- Lost Tools of Writing and Short Story
- Intermediate Logic
Foundations + includes
- Cycle 1 memory work
- Saxon 5/6
- IEW Ancient History writing program
- Essentials of the English Language (similar to My Mother Tongue)
- Various novels to read and discuss
Did I mention I am tutoring Challenge B too? I have tutored or Directed a program for the past 7 years so its almost second nature to keep moving up. Tutoring gives me a first hand view of my sons work and because I am both tutor and teacher I feel more confident that he will succeed.
With a larger work load in B I have decided that we need to start our morning earlier then normal. Instead of 9am we begin at 8am with a devotion and prayer. This is a sweet time for us and it will only work if I commit to being present during the entire school day.
This means I will wake up earlier, spend time with the Lord, drink coffee and see how motivated I am to dance by 6am. This may be more flexible as the year progresses and each child finds a rhythm to their work. I don’t envision sitting with them at the table for all six hours by week 12 but I will have to be there in the beginning.
- 8am Devotions
- 8:30 Eat your frog!
- 12:30 Lunch/Play
- 3pm Please be done so you can play
- 3:30-4:30pm Xbox if all their work is done
- 4:30-9:30pm various evening activities and bed time
My disclaimer to all of this is; Subject to attitudes, holidays, birthdays, and weather this schedule can be modified at anytime.
Subject to attitudes, holidays, birthdays, and weather this schedule can be modified at anytime.
I pray you all will have a blessed year with your children.