The year has just flown by to me. How is it even possible that it is already October? Our days are full to the brim, and I’m so grateful to be my children’s teacher.
Homeschooling takes up a good bit of our mornings, and sometimes extends into the afternoon, too. I like to get started by 9 am, if possible. Our days just seem to run more smoothly this way, but every family is different.
This month, we finally seem to have found our groove. September was nuts for us, since we went on a vacation and caught the lovely virus that the world is talking about. We did homeschool for a few weeks in August, but I feel like we pretty much have a basic schedule down at this point.
Which definitely changes sometimes! Flexibility is important while homeschooling, to be sure. Having five school age children now, I definitely juggle what needs to be done!
My high schooler completes her schoolwork in the quiet of her room. The downstairs is usually buzzing with activity, and this helps her to concentrate. Just yesterday, I purchased Teaching Textbooks Geometry for her to start on after she completed Algebra 1. See the beauty of homeschooling? Flexibility. It took her longer than expected to complete Algebra 1 last year, so we continued it on into this school year. No worries and no problem.
Anyhow, this is the first time I had purchased an online version of Teaching Textbooks. I couldn’t believe they now have a phone app! Morgan was excited to use her phone to complete the first lesson. So simple!
My sixth grader does a lot of his work independently, but I have to check on him and explain things several times throughout the morning. He is easily distracted, let’s just say. Homeschooling is great for him, because (when he applies himself) he has so much time to pursue his own interests. He loves history and science things, and learns about them in his free time. He also listens in to his younger sister’s history lesson. His curriculum consists of Masterbooks for everything. I really like it because it is open and go, and has a Charlotte Mason flavor to it.
My younger guys usually begin their day listening to me read from Leading Little Ones to God. I do tweak it here and there, since our faith is messianic in nature. For example, I do not teach them that Christmas is when Yeshua (Jesus) was born. But the book gets many doctrinal points across in a simple way.
My five-year-old and I work through a couple of pages of her Christian Light Education Kindergarten 2 Workbook, and I read aloud a few stories to her. She then has the rest of the day to play, make puzzles, etc. At this age, I believe that children learn so much through play, and I definitely encourage it!
Most of my morning is spent flip flopping between helping my 1st and 3rd graders. They begin with handwriting. If one gets finished before the other, they begin on their Masterbooks Math. If they finish around the same time, we instead work through the Masterbooks Science course they are completing together. We continue this dance with Language Arts, Social Studies/History, and Reading. It usually works out pretty well, but at times I dismiss one to play, draw, or garden while I finish working with the other.
That’s our homeschool day in a nutshell. I wish I incorporated more artwork/projects into our mornings, but after 18 years of homeschooling, I’ve learned this isn’t my strong point. One of the reasons I like Masterbooks is because simple projects are integrated into the curriculum, which do not involve much planning or thought on my part. My kids really enjoy it.
If you are on the fence about homeschooling, I promise you can do it. I haven’t been the “perfect” teacher through the years, but all of my children have done well. It really gives them so much time to pursue their own interests, and to integrate their interests into the curriculum. This is such an amazing perk.
Blessings to your family!
A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, To understand a proverb and an enigma, The words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the Lord (YHWH) is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 1:5-7 NKJV
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