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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Homeschooling

Ria and I did our regular reading class this morning. She read another pretty tough book, though this one was shorter than yesterday's. I was pleased with her efforts. This afternoon we worked on writing numbers AND started Math class! She's so excited to add another class (and movie; for a while) to the day! :) Her penmanship was quite good. We didn't work on the divided lines for teaching writing, but she had the shapes of the numbers almost right away and they looked almost perfect! I'm so pleased.

I'm research reading a lot more again. It took me a while to get my brain in gear to resume the heavy reading that tends to come when I'm researching. Today I've resumed delving into the subject of homeschooling and issues facing homeschoolers. It's really quite amazing how much we have to take into consideration as we make choices as homeschoolers! It's definitely a LOT more involved than sending the kids off to public school. I mean, I already knew that would be the case as far as the whole bit about teaching my own kids, but it's SO much more than that! Anyway, I wanted to share the articles I've been reading, in case there are others who are looking in to homeschooling and would like to be responsible about what kinds of choices they make AS homeschoolers. :)

I have to say, before I share what I've been reading, that I before altering my behavior drastically about 3.5 weeks ago, I was really dreading the never ending-ness that is the life of a homeschool Mama! I mean, what a relief it must be for most Mamas to have the break of Public School to look forward to. I mean, they get to sending some of the kiddos off to school and having more quiet time with the younger ones! I can totally understand how many (most?) Mom's look forward to the onset of the school year after the months of summer. The changes I have, with the support and guidance of FATHER, brought about in myself have really helped me tremendously in EVERY way. One key way those changes have helped is that now I don't dread always having my children around at home. It's still tough, but I don't wish I could send them to public school, like I was for a while there. I mean, I don't need the break from them that Public School would have provided because I'm in control of me! It's such a relief and I only pray that I'll be able to endure to the end in this wonderful change FATHER has wrought in me!!! ^_^ However, I'm grateful for the understanding I have been blessed with by those very psychologically difficult moments over the course of many months that I wished for PS. I'm also VERY relieved and even joyful in knowing that homeschooling my children really isn't some random personal choice, but what FATHER REALLY wants me to do with/for my family!

Okay... moving on: This is just from today and I'm sure I'll be reading on this topic regularly. So, check back often for more links to even more articles if you find any of these interesting! :) Oh, and as of today, these are all from one site. But I've got quite a few other resources to look into... so there will be more diversity of voice in the future as well. ^_^

Your Homeschooling Decisions Affect My Homeschooling Freedoms
http://www.homeedmag.com/HEM/182/match.html

Practical Ways to Claim Responsibility for Our Homeschools
http://www.homeedmag.com/HEM/203/mjtch.html

Working for Homeschooling Freedoms: Chore or Opportunity?
http://www.homeedmag.com/HEM/171.00/jf_clmn_tch.html

Why the Question of Homeschoolers' Playing Public School Sports Affects All Homeschoolers - Larry and Susan Kaseman
http://www.homeedmag.com/HEM/173.00/mj_clmn_tch.html

3 comments:

Heidi said...

I don't really consider sending my children to school a break. : ) They only have one day of school left and I am excited to have them at home for the summer. (I do know parents who dread it though.) I think Homeschoolers have "breaks" in a lot of ways. You don't have to get up at a certain time and rush to get everyone ready to get out of the house, you don't have to pack lunches or fill out forms, you don't have to run around taking them to school and then picking them up, you don't have to send things in or do projects on someone else's schedule. I still have to work with my children when they come home. I still have to read with Abby everyday and help Jack with his homework. It's exhausting too. : ) I think homeschooling is a lot more relaxed. Why don't I homeschool then you ask? I know in a couple of years I will have to go back to work and besides-- my kids LOVE going to school and are learning a ton! Homeschooling definitely is appealing though. : ) If any of my children have trouble excelling in public school, I will defnitely bring them home!

Sounds like Ria is doing great on her reading! You always knew she was a smart one!

Amberson said...

I am so excited for you all that you are homeschooling! I can't imagine anything else for our family. Every family has to do what is right for them, I'm glad you figured out what was right for your family so early. I considered sending the girls 'to school' this coming year. However, after alot of prayer I know that is not the right decision for us at this time. I hope you all enjoy it as much as we have!

Amberson said...

I am so excited for you all that you are homeschooling! I can't imagine anything else for our family. Every family has to do what is right for them, I'm glad you figured out what was right for your family so early. I considered sending the girls 'to school' this coming year. However, after alot of prayer I know that is not the right decision for us at this time. I hope you all enjoy it as much as we have!

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