We started homeschooling seven years ago! Seven years!!! I cannot even fathom how that is possible!!
Homeschooling found us!!! I fought the nudging of God to do this crazy thing for a few years! I always knew deep down that we would find ourselves here, though! Contrary to what some people may think, we do not hate the public school or the kids there. We both grew up in public school. Sometimes, the Lord calls you to do something different. To step out in faith.
We have enjoyed many aspects of homeschooling, but everyday is not a picnic! It’s hard work, serious commitment, and major responsibility. If my child is not reading, it’s my responsibility. If my child doesn’t get algebra, it’s my responsibility.
Thankfully, we have found so many wonderful ways to make this homeschooling journey work!
The best thing to ever happen to our homeschool has been Classical Conversations!
We have been a part of a community for 6 of the 7 years that we have homeschooled.
We now have a student in Challenge 1 (equivalent to 9th grade), a student in Essentials ( Andrew Pudewa makes for a great girls night out), two students in Foundations and one in the nursery.
Foundations literally rocks my world! It makes so much sense to have my kids memorize like little mad men!!! They can absorb tons more than we think!
Over 400 pieces of information every single year.
That covers 7 subjects. This information will be in their sweet little brains forever like the alphabet song and Jesus Loves Me.
Leigh Bortins, the founder of Classical Conversations, must be a truly amazing woman!!!
This morning, we did a geography quiz. I worked with D (11) yesterday, and today was L’s turn. He is 8 years old and knows the exact location of places I never heard of until I started CC with my kids.
He can point to Latvia, the Treaty of Tordesillas, the Carpathian Mountains, Barcelona, and the list goes on. This is on an unlabeled black and white map!
My favorite part of homeschooling, though, has been read aloud time! Our favorite read alouds of all time have been The Little House On the Prarie series and books by Gloria Repp!!! We love the mild mystery and details in her books!!
This homeschooling journey is well worth the sacrifice!
Would I love a day off occasionally? Of course!
Do we drive each other totally crazy some days? Oh yes!!!!
Our bond as a family is strong, though! That does my mom heart good!!