• Family Life,  Favorite Things,  Homeschooling

    Care to join me?

    I am hosting an Information Meeting for

    Classical Conversations

    May 1, 2018 from 7-9pm in Murphys, CA. 

    What is an information meeting you are asking? An I.M. (for short) is where someone from a CC community, a proud parent, a Director, a seasoned tutor, gets together with parents who would like to know more about our program in an environment that is free of commitment. The attendee can peruse a catalog, hold the curriculum, get some of their burning questions answered all without having to agree to anything.

    Those of us in Classical Conversations are passionate about the curriculum and we love sharing with anyone who wants to know more. We want our communities to grow so our children continue having a community to attend. CC is not a typical co-op, as we have trained tutors to lead the community day, but we relish relationships and surrounding ourselves with like-minded families.

    Are you a homeschooling mom or dad who is tired of doing this thing alone? Do you want others along side you to bounce ideas off of? Do you find it hard to stay accountable alone? Do your kids need friends who “get” them? If you have answered yes to any one of these questions then maybe its time to check out Classical Conversations and see what our community looks like.

    Comment below or register by clicking this link Murphys, CA 

    I look forward to meeting you!

  • Family Life,  Homeschooling

    Going Rouge!

    It is our first official year as private homeschoolers!

    For the past six years of homeschooling we have belonged to a fantastic Charter School, but this year we decided to separate from the state, create our own name, and figure out how to finance all the school supplies.

    I finally got to a point in our education that I wanted every single thing we did to count. Ultimately I wanted my name, and our house to count too. I am the teacher for my kids, and other then God Himself I didn’t want anyone else to get that title, nor did I want our school name to be associated with any other place but the one where we live.

    The charter school was God’s grace for a time and I am beyond thankful for their financial aid and much more. But when the Holy Spirit starts to talk to you, you have two choices, respond or hide. I hid and complained about leaving the security of a charter school, and God was so patient with me. Allowing me to ask a bazillion questions, and in His mercy there were answers. He gave both Fireman and I peace about the finances and so far everything we’ve needed has been provided, even extra curricular activities. I don’t believe this is a decision everyone who homeschools has to make, but I know I did, and I am completely at peace with our new journey.

    R.E.B.E.L is obviously an acronym but for what specifically, we do not know. There is a rebellious side to me that loves the name and likes that it means nothing for now. Classical Academy because we do classical education here. I pray often that our studies will be in the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. I do not teach to a test but rather teach skills that can be used across curriculum to gain a better understanding of what is being asked and always seeing everything through the lens of Gods word.

    Our curriculum for this year is;

    My oldest is in the Challenge A program with Classical Conversations.
    He is studying:
    Logic/Math,
    Grammar/Latin,
    Debate/Cartography,
    Rhetoric/It Just Couldn’t Happen,
    Exposition and Composition/Lost Tools as well as reading Novels, and
    Research/making a Biology notebook

    My youngest is in the Foundations program Cycle 3, and her first tour of Essentials of the English Language and I.E.W. for writing. She does Saxon math as well.

    It is a big year! Oh, did I forget to mention I am tutoring/Directing Challenge A? (gulp!)

    I never wanted to be a homeschooler but 7 years into it and I honestly could not have imagined a greater adventure to be on. Thank you Lord!

  • Family Life,  Homeschooling,  Schedule

    Get up and clock in!

    My motto this season of homeschooling is “Get up and Clock in.”

    I have never been one to do school work everyday of the week before. If it was to sunny we could skip school and play outside. Rainy days were filled with documentaries and popcorn. My monthly cycle was a great day or week off from everything. Needless to say my kids learned to expect that somehow during the week mom would call off math lessons and writing assignments for something else. Fast forward to week 7 of our 7th year homeschooling and we have a full plate of assignments that can not be forgotten.

    My oldest is now in 7th grade and in the Challenge A program with Classical Conversations, and my youngest is in 4th and beginning Essentials. Challenge is thoughtfully named, I am assuming because its a challenge to keep up with the workload, which is not crazy hard, but time consuming. My 4th grader is having to write a paper every week, which actually means “we” are writing a paper every week. There is literally no time off and it’s been a rough transition (for me).

    Let’s be real, the transition is hard for me. It is hard to encourage my kids to keep at it when there are days I want to cry and throw a little temper tantrum, “but I don’t want to do it all again today!” My kids have been great! They are chugging along and praise God they keep showing up willing to do it all again today. So, for me then, I have to wake up, get up and clock in. Homeschooling these two is a sacred job and Gods grace will meet me each and every morning.

  • Family Life,  Health,  Homeschooling

    Taking care of yourself as a homeschool mom.

    I know you are busy moving on caffeine and little sleep, but I am here to tell you to stop and take care of yourself. We as moms wear many different hats, and if we don’t remove them from time to time we can implode.

    Taking care of myself has looked different within the stages of my kids growing up.

    • When they were babies getting a shower was a dream I made sure to have one every day without fail. I would put the baby in the bouncer or in their high chair, depending on their age, and take a shower.
    • As they grew older I needed movement to expel my anxiety. When the kids went down for a nap I worked out then showered in peace.
    • Now that we are regularly homeschooling from 9-3 I wake up before the house to spend time with Jesus and get my workout in.

    There are other ways to care for yourself besides working out or showering. Spending time being filled up is critical after we spend all day everyday pouring out. I attend a women’s bible study one day a week where I can vent, laugh, cry, and grow in the knowledge of who I am in Christ. There is no where I would rather be then at bible study. I don’t schedule appointments or say yes to anything during that time because I need it for me.

    Sometimes as mom, or women in general, we feel guilty for saying yes to “me.” But there is a house to clean, a nose to wipe, and another load of laundry to go through. Someone always needs our attention and if we give in there is no end or break after saying yes just this once.

    Our kids will grow up and if we have done our job correctly they will leave our house in search of whatever God is calling them to. We will be done with homeschooling, huge laundry piles, and dinner needs every night. I for one want to send them off feeling like I didn’t sacrifice myself or forget what makes me, me. As important as it is to continue loving your spouse throughout the child-raising years so you remember each other when you are an empty nest,  you have to love yourself when it’s just you left.

    Imagine going and going for all the years of homeschooling, and extra curricular volunteering jobs never taking the time to find a hobby or meet a new friend at bible study? I think you would be drained and tired maybe scared to let your kids go because what on earth will you do with your time. You don’t even know what you like.

    Spend these days loving your family well and do it on a full tank. The days of homeschooling are long. The house is never as clean as it could be and there is always one more meal to prepare. Find what makes you a better mom and don’t let it get rescheduled or put on the back shelf for that is where it will remain.

    If you needed someone to say it’s ok to spend time taking care of yourself then please let me tell you it is ok, and necessary.

  • Homeschooling

    Monday Mussings

    The alarm rang and my Fitbit vibrated me awake for another Monday. It’s not easy waking up even with the time change but I manage it and find my way to the coffee pot. Last Christmas I was blessed to receive a Kureig and nothing’s easier then pressing a pod of Peet’s Holiday blend into the machine and waiting a few minutes for fresh coffee. With my coffee in hand I sit and spend the early morning with Jesus. This is my routine every day and I choose to believe that because I’ve spent the morning this way I’ll have an easier day.

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    Mondays are our community day with Classical Conversations, and as the Director I get there early to open the doors turn the lights on and make the parking lot a safe place to play. I’ve been doing this for a few years now. I don’t tire of this routine because I love community day. I never started homeschooling with the intention of being on my own so having a group of likeminded families to walk with has been life giving. There are so many chances to walk away from it all. I’m a homeschooler after all! Wouldn’t it be easier to stay at home without anyone holding me accountable instead of belonging to a group of people who are going to continually ask how it’s going? The church needs community to share Gods glory to the world. We can’t sit at home and keep our talents and gifts to ourselves. Our communities work when people show up and give of themselves and I for one have been blessed beyond measure because I’ve shown up. My kids have been blessed because we get to be around other families going in the same direction every Monday.

    Lord you may have this Monday and please become greater in me that those I come in contact with will know I am yours. Thank you for my community Lord may you bless it and make your face to shine upon it and be gracious unto it. Thank you for the opportunity to grow in knowledge, working out my understanding with others and giving back. Thank you!

    Whatever you are doing this day, have a great Monday!

     

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