My goodness! I knew it has been awhile since I have had the opportunity to write on my blog, but WOW! Time flies when you are having fun…lol! As you know, this year was our first real jump into the homeschool realm, so to speak. It has proven to keep us quite busy! Our journey this year has proven to be a great one. I am so happy that we have decided to go this route.
I apologize in advance, since this post will not present any pictures. I have actually been kind of neglectful in my picture-taking duties. It seems as though all I have time for these days is teaching, cleaning, and changing diapers…lol! It’s okay, though, I am loving my life more than ever. I am going to try hard to get back into my blogging habit because it is something I miss doing. I find it intriguing to be able to share my thoughts in a “live” atmosphere where others can actually express their thoughts and encouragement back. Only you fellow bloggers will understand what I am talking about.
Our school studies…
In the beginning I was excited and nervous all at the same time. Once the decision was made that we were going to homeschool, I knew in my heart that this is where the good Lord wants us at this point in our lives.
(I have to stop for a minute and elaborate. If you have ever had a struggle with a decision in your life, I urge you to give it to the Lord. It is absolutely amazing how He takes care of us, especially when we feel utterly out of control. All we have to do is give it to Him!)
Back to our school studies…
I started out very “gung-ho” with a HUGE list of what we were to accomplish for this year. I admit now, a little too “gung-ho” …lol! I won’t bore you with my list, for you would probably think I am crazy. I was warned that this would probably happen, for the fear of failing my children is a strong one. But, as we got going, I quickly realized that if we were going to be successful I would have to simplify! And, later, I realized that it is okay to “tailor” school to my children’s needs – or my own for that matter! This freedom is a huge benefit of homeschooling. Once I learned to embrace this, our journey got much more enjoyable. It is hard to pull away from the structured school mindset that many of us have grown up with. It feels strange and wrong at first, but now I would have it no other way! I love that my little first grader can be just that - a little first grader.
There is more than one road that leads to the knowledge that our children are expected to attain, and we happened to have chosen the trip down “Homeschool Avenue.” My first grader will meet his fellow first grade friends at the end of this road, just in a different manner. My hope is that not only he will reach that destination, but perhaps he will acquire a few more souvenirs along the way ;-)